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    Real Living – Travel

    Ladies, Are you considering traveling this year by air during the coronavirus? Maybe you have work or simply want to take advantage of the great prices right now. Many airlines have reduced their prices tremendously. It’s even a get time to book flights for 2021 travel plans. So Let’s take the worries out of it.
    Here are some facts about your travel options and how you can protect yourself during air travel.
    Stay safe when you travel
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends following these steps to protect yourself and others when you travel:
    Maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between you and others as much as possible.
    Avoid contact with anyone who is sick
    Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, elevator buttons and kiosks. If you must touch these surfaces, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterward.
    Wear a cloth face mask.
    Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    Cover coughs and sneezes.
    Clean your hands often. It’s especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Air travel
    Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses don’t spread easily on flights. However, crowded flights make social distancing difficult. Plus air travel involves spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people.
    The CDC and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have issued guidance to help airlines prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, most major airlines in the U.S. require that crews and passengers wear cloth face coverings.
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has increased cleaning and disinfecting equipment and surfaces at screening checkpoints. If you haven’t flown since the pandemic began, you’ll notice some changes:
    TSA officers wearing masks and gloves, and practicing social distancing.
    TSA officers changing gloves after each pat-down.
    Plastic shields at document checking podium, bag search and drop off locations.
    Fewer travelers and, as a result, fewer open screening lanes.
    Also be aware that the TSA has made a number of changes to the screening process:
    Travelers may wear masks during screening. However, TSA employees may ask travelers to adjust masks for identification purposes.
    Instead of handing boarding passes to TSA officers, travelers should place passes (paper or electronic) directly on the scanner and then hold them up for inspection.
    Each traveler may have one container of hand sanitizer up to 12 ounces (about 350 milliliters) in a carry-on bag. These containers will need to be taken out for screening.
    Food items should be transported in a plastic bag and placed in a bin for screening. Separating food from carry-on bags lessens the likelihood that screeners will need to open bags for inspection.
    Personal items such as keys, wallets and phones should be placed in carry-on bags instead of bins. This reduces the handling of these items during screening.
    Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds directly before and after going through screening.

     

    Hotels and other lodging
    The hotel industry recognizes that travelers are concerned about the coronavirus and safety. Check any major chain’s website for information about how it’s protecting guests and staff. Some best practices include:
    Enhanced cleaning of public areas, elevators, guest rooms, as well as food preparation and laundry areas
    Social distancing measures in the lobby, at the front desk and in parking areas
    Masking of staff and guests
    Contactless payment
    Focused employee training in the following:
    Hand-washing procedures
    Cleaning and disinfecting protocols
    Use of personal protective equipment
    Protocol in the event that a guest becomes ill, which should include temporarily closing the guest’s room for cleaning and disinfecting.

    Vacation rental websites, too, have upped their games when it comes to cleaning. They’re highlighting their commitment to following public health guidelines, such as using masks and gloves when cleaning, and building in a waiting period between guests.
    Once you arrive at your room or rental, disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops, tables, desks, phones, remote controls and faucets. Wash plates, glasses, cups and silverware (other than prewrapped plastic items) before using.
    Make a packing list
    When it’s time to pack for your trip, grab any medicines you may need on your trip and these essential safe-travel supplies:
    Cloth face masks
    Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
    Disinfectant wipes (at least 70% alcohol) for surfaces
    Thermometer
    Considerations for people at increased risk
    Anyone can get very ill from the virus that causes COVID-19, but older adults and people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Conditions that increase your risk include cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, serious heart problems, sickle cell disease, type 2 diabetes and a weakened immune system.
    Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. If you must travel, talk with your doctor and ask about any additional precautions you may need to take.
    Remember safety first
    Even the best plans may need to be set aside when illness strikes. If you feel sick before your planned travel, stay home except to get medical care. Have a Safe Trip!

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