Traveling has changed for everyone in the new age of the pandemic. Anyone exposed to Covid-19 during travel is at risk, from newborns to the very elderly. The initial belief was that both male and female adults between the ages of twenty-five and fifty-five were at less risk than older groups and could travel about with less risk. However, adults in that age group have suffered heart and respiratory conditions resulting from the virus. Anyone who is at higher risk should avoid traveling when at all possible. Those at high risk include elderly persons and people with preexisting conditions such as diabetes, heart conditions or respiratory conditions. It is necessary to take the highest precautions to avoid contracting or spreading Covid-19 while traveling. So is there a safer mode of transportation over another?

Some modes of transportation may appear to be safer than others. The truth is there must be continued opportunity to practice social distancing throughout one’s journey in order to avoid a higher risk of catching the infection. Air travel, traveling by train, boat travel, and bus travel all warrant discretionary precautions. It doesn’t matter how one travels during this new age of the pandemic: The risk is high for catching Covid-19 unless one takes precautions. As an example, passengers are not in control of seating arrangements; therefore, they should check with the service provider regarding capacities before traveling. Checking conditions in advance may help to avoid overcrowded vessels.

Travelers are advised to keep in compliance with standards set by the Center for Disease Control while in public and traveling. Everyone should properly wear a mask by covering their mouths and noses to avoid spreading droplets during their travels. All traveling entities should have six-feet distance markers clearly labeled to help traveling clients facilitate social distancing. While in public, it is imperative to keep vigilant about washing hands, use hand sanitizers and avoid touching crucial areas of the face as well as highly used surrounding surfaces.

No matter if the travel method is by air, by train, boat travel, or bus travel, it is necessary that travelers brief themselves on pandemic requirements set in place for visiting other states or countries. Air and bus travel may be restrictive about social distancing, but boat and train may allow for additional separation than other modes. When possible, try to be in the open air or open a window to allow for the free flow of air. 

Many states and countries require a fourteen-day quarantine after arrival from other states or countries. During travels, one could have been exposed to or infected by the virus and not experience symptoms right away. The fourteen-day quarantine is considered to be a necessary precaution after traveling unless a Covid-19 test is taken and the results are negative.

To conclude, no mode of transportation is safer than another when it comes to air travel, traveling by train, boat travel, or bus travel in the new age of the pandemic. All ages and genders must practice universal standards for safety. A last thought, the longer one is out for travels, the greater the opportunity for exposure to the virus, practice safe traveling.

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