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“No Covid-19 vaccine guarantees to be 100 percent effective in preventing any person from contracting the Covid-19 disease. Thus, if you are planning a family trip after getting vaccinated, it is still your responsibility to keep you and your family safe while traveling.”
Although domestic and foreign travel is increasing, travel advisories continue to recommend that travelers only travel in emergencies.
This may be due to the fact that many countries that suffered from the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic blamed incoming visitors.
But if you’re making a family travel plan now since the Covid-19 vaccine is available, here’s what you need to know to stay safe (as you can!).
Follow this guide for tips on how to stay safe from getting sick during your post-pandemic travel.
Reasons to take precautions after getting vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine
Surviving the Covid-19 era was certainly tough for almost everyone.
As more people receive the Covid-19 vaccines, why they should avoid returning to their normal lives?
Perhaps this is the question that most people have in mind.
A simple answer to this is that no Covid-19 vaccine is guaranteed to make its user 100% immune from catching the disease in the future. You probably won’t get as sick but there is still a possibility that you can catch COVID after vaccination. This is important to understand if you live with someone who can’t get vaccinated or has a health condition that makes them more susceptible.
Also, people need to understand the key difference between a vaccine and medicine.
A vaccine is just one of the many preventative measures recommended to stay safe. Medicines are for curing infected people.
Therefore, since there’s no medicine to cure Covid-19 disease, all preventative measures including getting the Covid-19 vaccine shots remain important. Even when you are traveling!
Tips on How to stay safe from getting sick during a post-pandemic family trip
Staying and keeping you and your family safe from getting sick during a post-Covid-19 family trip should be an utmost priority.
Once you consider it a priority, it won’t be difficult to follow the guidelines to avoid getting sick.
Remember that staying safe is not just for you, but also represents how you feel about the well-being of others.
Do not travel and/or do not travel with someone, if you or the other person –
- Suffered from sickness or mild Covid-19 symptoms, especially taking into account the last 14 days before traveling;
- Is currently sick; or
- Has a history of contracting seasonal diseases because of a weakened immune system.
Know your destination
- Check the most recent updates on the number of daily Covid-19 cases being reported in your planned destination; and
- You also need to check the history of your destination to see if it had previously been declared a Covid-19 contamination zone.
It would be good to quarantine yourself just a few days before traveling in some cases. For example, if you live with someone who has a higher chance of contracting the Covid-19 disease. This includes children (under the age of 12), sick persons, and/or older people.
Aside from getting the mandatory Covid-19 vaccine, you might also have to get other vaccines. These include the seasonal flu vaccine and MMR or measles-mumps-rubella vaccine. Check your travel destination for more information.
If the destination you are traveling to requires all travelers to quarantine for a few days upon arrival, make sure your family travel plan has a provision for some extra days.
This will also help in case a local emergency lockdown situation is declared during your travel trip.
Don’t forget to carry enough supplies to last for the duration of the mandatory quarantine. This includes any medications that you take on a regular basis.
This includes –
- Washing hands regularly;
- Using antibacterial or disinfectant agents;
- Using a face mask;
- Avoiding public gatherings;
- Maintaining a social distance;
- Avoiding unnecessary physical contact, etc.
In case you do get sick or develop Covid-19 symptoms during your post-Covid-19 family travel, consider doing the following.
- Do not panic. Have faith in getting well soon. Remember that being mentally strong is as important as being physically strong;
- Isolate (quarantine) yourself from the rest of your family immediately;
- Seek medical consultation Get yourself tested to confirm the presence of Covid-19 and determine its severity;
- Promptly and responsibly, inform the local and all relevant authorities that require information regarding this issue. This might include where you are staying, the airline you traveled, travel agent, your country’s travel and health ministry, etc.
Good health is a blessing. So make sure that while traveling with your family in the post-pandemic period, it may require extra steps to try to take care of your health. In any case of exposure to a health risk, you should know how to handle it without panicking.
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