Covid-19: follow these tips if you are going to travel

To prevent the rate of contagion from the covid-19 coronavirus from increasing and we can guarantee control of the disease, the commitment of each citizen to self-care and social distancing in their daily activities is necessary.

The latest events in other countries that surpassed the first peak of the pandemic before Colombia today send us an early warning: we must remain vigilant and prevented because, in the face of the relaxation of citizens, the response of the virus is more contagion.

In the New Reality, family trips and activities return. That is why we want to give you some guidelines to avoid that covid-19 presents an exponential growth as a result of the opening of the economy. Follow them and help us ensure that everyone, including our families, can travel safely:

1. Avoid being a propagating agent:

  • Keep in mind that travel increases the chances of contracting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home will always be the best option to protect yourself and other people.
  • Never stop wearing the mask and keep self-care measures. Remember that the virus can be present in your body for up to 14 days and not manifest itself with symptoms. Protect your family, your friends and your work circle.
  • Don't travel if you are sick or have been around a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Also, do not travel with a sick person.

2. Before traveling, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is there the spread of COVID-19 at my destination?

The more cases there are where you are going, the more likely you are to become infected. That is why consult the records of the National Government or local governments.

  • Am I living with someone who may be at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, or is that person me?

It is the most important consideration because when there is a person with high-risk pathologies such as diabetes, hypertension or obesity, or elderly adults, it is best to tighten their own mobility measures.

  • Does my destination have restrictions?

Local governments may have taken measures to protect their population such as preventive isolation, mobility restrictions (pico and cédula, pico and gender, pico and plate) or strict biosafety regulations for access to commerce or tourist sites.

3. Don't let your guard down during the trip

  • Always wear a face mask: even if you go by private car, when you get off to tank or buy something on the way, put it on.
  • Maintain social distancing: when you extend your arms, no one should be in contact with you.
  • Wash your hands frequently or use sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

4. Take measures according to the means of transport

Airports and terminals are conducive to increasing infections, since travelers are exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. Inside vehicles or aircraft it is also difficult to maintain social distancing. The more exposure in closed environments, the greater the possibility of being infected:

Most viruses and other germs are not easily spread on flights by the way the air circulates and is filtered on planes. However, maintaining social distancing is difficult. That is why you must take into account the protocols established by El Dorado airport:

Protocols for outbound flights:

Arrival flight protocols:

Remember that the maximum capacity allowed for buses in the Bogotá Terminal is 50%, which may change if several members of the same family travel who can sit together. Follow five basic rules: do not talk on the phone during the trip, do not eat food, do not bring blankets or pillows, avoid moving with pets, reduce your luggage to the maximum.

If you go as a family, you can take off the mask inside the vehicle. However, stops along the way to tank, eat or go to the bathroom, can cause someone to have close contact with other people and with frequently touched surfaces. Follow these good practices:

  1. When you have to get out of the car, keep your mask on, keep your distance and wash your hands or disinfect them with gel or alcohol.
  2. Avoid uploading people you don't know inside, you can expose yourself and your own.
  3. Ensure there is sufficient ventilation: open the windows.

5. In typical situations, keep these recommendations in mind

  • In public: wear the mask and maintain social distancing.
  • In bathrooms and rest stops: avoid contact with surfaces, wash your hands well or use a disinfectant with at least 60% alcohol.
  • When refueling: Disinfect the surfaces of the car such as handles and also the buttons if you go to a self-service at the gas station. Disinfect your hands once you finish the procedure.
  • Hotels and accommodation: make your reservation preferably online, verify that minimum standards are met such as the use of masks and that there is a strict biosecurity protocol.
  • Stops to eat: choose well the place where you will enter, that it has a biosecurity protocol, distance between tables and that the staff use the mask properly. Choose preferably the option to take away or eat in the car.
  • Anticipate your travel needs: bring enough masks, hand sanitizer, food in case you find full restaurants.
  • If you are going to stay in a private accommodation, always keep the place clean and abide by the same prevention rules as in your home.

6. Monitor the possible symptoms that you may present after a trip and immediately inform the health authorities

If you have symptoms within 14 days of the trip, you must inform the local health centers and report your travel history. In this way, timely interventions can be made according to the protocols established in each territory and, if COVID-19 is confirmed, the contacts will be followed up to ensure their quarantine.

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