Unless you’ve been living under a huge rock, there’s been the outbreak and rapid spread of the Wuhan coronavirus that originated in the Chinese city and is causing massive global concern. As of typing there are over 80,000 confirmed cases of the infection. I thought it would mention the importance of having good hygiene whilst travelling.
One of the main reasons for the spread is…no mean to scare anyone but is down to people travelling across the globe with traces of the virus/flu within them. It has also spreaded to neighbouring countries along with major countries and continents a la Hong Kong, Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand. Even European countries like France, Italy and Germany have had cases pop up, with recent cases confirmed in the US and UK too.
This of course will likely give avid travellers a pause for thought and may have them cancel plans entirely, especially to countries in the Asian continent.
Although there’s no known cure or vaccination for the coronavirus itself, simple, everyday actions and precautions can go some way. They can help manage the risk of being infected with the coronavirus and other viruses and flu.
Here’s 5 simple and effective tips for practicing hygiene and keeping your health in good check. Some which are specific to coronavirus others which are general.
1. Wash and Dry hands thoroughly
First tip to arm ourselves against catching illnesses is one taught to most of us from young; Rinse your hands with soap after eating and touching dirty surfaces. This would reduce the risk of infections, bacteria or germs spreading, from one person to another.
Don’t forget to dry them with a clean towel also, or handdryer if using public toilets which I endorse more in situations like this! We want to do our part to be safe and germ-free but we also don’t want splashes of water on the floor turning places into swimming pools.
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2. Seek advice for appropriate travel and medical insurance.
Some travel insurance providers are offering extra services/support to accommodate for the virus. This is especially for those who have travelled from Wuhan or mainland China in the last few weeks. It’s best you contact the insurance companies, discuss the situation and see what exact support they can provide.
For anyone travelling abroad in the near future, share any health-related issues and medical history with a GP or medical professional. They’ll be able to give you the best health advice to follow and perhaps updates on the situation surrounding the virus itself also. In addition to the above the GOV UK website is worth checking out also.
3. Pack some tissues in your luggage
This is perhaps the most practical travel tip when it comes to being hygienic.
While it’s not every traveller’s essential packing away travel-sized tissues a lot of the time can be pretty handy. This is especially if you’re unsure about the quality of the facilities and services.
You can use the tissues to wipe away potential germs on surfaces you’ll be coming to close contact with. This will make sure your environment is bacteria free. Also the tissues come in handy if you of course want to blow your nose after a sneeze or runny nose or want something to cover your mouth with.
Feel free to take some extra tissues that you can offer to strangers who may produce the odd cough or sneeze.
4. Avoid Contact With Symptoms Of Flu/Common Cold
Coronavirus shares similar symptoms to those who’ll suffer from a flu or common cold. Coughs, fever, headache and runny noses are among the main signs to watch out for. Pneumonia, kidney failure and breathlessness are among the most severe ones.
Avoid as much physical contact withanyone with symptoms of a flu or respiratory-related illness to avoid catching the same illness yourself. They can spread through the gentle of hand shakes and touch of a a person’s faeces.
If you happen to end up making contact with them then follow the first tip and wash your hands at the earliest opportunity. Take the opportunity to also clean any surfaces that may be contaminated.
5. Avoid consumption Of undercooked meat and age-based meals.
The virus is thought to have stemmed from from bats, with similar viruses such as the SARS and MERS also stemming from animals, namely bats and camels. Undercooked animal-based food such as meat, eggs, chicken are at a higher risk of carrying infection.
Make sure the meat is washed thoroughly before being steammed and cooked properly if you’re cooking in an Airbnb or a rented home. For example no redness appearing on meat. If you’re abroad for travels then check the food hygiene rating of the places you’re eating at.
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Alternatively you can go for plant-based meat and vegan/vegetarian options if they’re available to you. Main examples of them are Tofu and Quorn, both which are just as highly-regarded in terms of tasting much like animal-based meat.
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So to round-up wash your hands regularly. Properly cook and processs any animal food you’re having. Ensure you have plenty of tissues to remove any germs you may have. Always do your research for any further travel guidance given to you when travelling to countries with serious health issues.
Keep yourself clean and prioritising your safety. A lot of the advice given here are basic hygiene that are easy to do given the conscious thought and carefulness.
Obviously the current situation is a bit scary with the death count rising everyday but following as much as documented advice give and there’s no need to cancel any trips or holiday plans you’ve got!
Has the coronavirus been causing you to rethink your travels? Have you had plans to visit China or have visited China recently? Would love to hear all your thoughts in the comments below and get a discussion going.
Safe travels everyone xD
Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures