Fighting COVID-19 On the Road: Precautions & What to Do If You Experience Symptoms
In order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, people across the nation have been advised to stay at home and to practice social distancing, with some states putting the force of law behind those orders.
However, there are rare times when people need to be on the road. Some will hop into their RV or onto their motorcycle to travel to provide critical care for family members. Others are truckers performing essential work as they provide hospitals with medical supplies and keep grocery stores stocked with food and other necessities.
Grappling with the coronavirus pandemic can be stressful enough when at home, but what if you start to experience coronavirus symptoms while on the road? To protect yourself, those who may be traveling with you, and those you may come into contact with during and after a trip, it is vitally important that you are familiar with proper precautions to take while on the road, how to identify symptoms of COVID-19, and what to do if you get sick away from home.
COVID-19 Precautions On the Road
There are a number of steps that we can all take to protect against coronavirus, as well as specific steps those on the road should plan and implement. Generally, the CDC recommends:
● To avoid contact with the virus
○ Maintain six feet of social distance from other people
○ Avoid touching your face
● To kill the virus:
○ Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
○ If soap and water is unavailable, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer
● To protect others
○ Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
○ Stay at home/self-isolate if you feel unwell
Those federal recommendations are a solid foundation for reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and in our country, but if you are going to be on the road during this pandemic, there are additional actions you can take to defend against the coronavirus. First, plan out your trip in detail — before departing — so that you are prepared for any circumstances you may encounter.
Begin by mapping out the roads and highways you’ll be traveling, taking note of the states and localities the route will take you through. Then, be sure to check those areas for any relevant travel advisories or restrictions, and/or temporary changes to policies like toll collection and food sales. So far the federal government has largely left these decisions to state and local governments, which means you’ll need to give yourself time to do the research into each region.
Food services is one area to look for in particular, as many states have suspended dine-in services and have limited restaurants to drive-though, delivery, and take-out options only. You’ll therefore need a plan for meals, whether it’s taking along all of your own food or looking up which spots along your route are still open and serving to-go food.
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