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Safety First: How to Travel Safely during the Pandemic

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We are just aching to go out and have some fun after being cooped up in the house for almost a year. Of course, we are all in for the adventure. But with deadlier variants casting a shadow, we still must be careful.

We must take extra precautions before the fun and games begin. Going the extra mile will help us avoid tragedies, especially if we are bringing kids. It will also help you enjoy the trip because you prepare for all eventualities.

Wherever you will be going, you can take these guidelines with you. You can modify them to suit your style and needs. If you are ready, let us talk about these tips.

Emergency Information

We do not mean to sound morbid. But even before you start packing your bag, you must know where the nearest urgent care facility is. You should also note their emergency numbers. This information will help you if something awful happens while you are away from home.

If you are traveling outside of your state, you should also research the state’s Covid-19 mandates. You can take things a step further by reviewing the local city’s health regulations. It seems to be superfluous. But it is better safe than sorry.

Please also review the new regulations set by the administrators of the tourist spots you will be visiting. With the pandemic still raging on, these attractions modified their guest rules. For example, the MET museum requires proof of vaccine.

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Vaccines

Local and international experts are pleading with the public to take the vaccine. The Associated Press reported that almost all Covid-related deaths in the country come from the unvaccinated. Taking a quick jab on the arm is such a small amount to pay for health security. In this case, why don’t you take you and your loved ones vaccinated?

Currently, the government approved three vaccines nationwide. This authorization should mollify our fears about the vaccines. The laboratories that developed them underwent a stringent qualification process.

Most establishments require their customers to provide proof of vaccine. It means that you might not enter these tourist spots because you are not vaccinated. That would be a waste of time, especially if that place happens to be the most important landmark. This incident would put a damper on your trip.

Lastly, getting vaccinated will protect everyone inside your bubble. This safety net is essential, especially if you have little ones who are not qualified for the vaccination. It will give you some peace of mind knowing that you will not be spreading the virus to them.

You might already be vaccinated. But most of us still have burning questions about them. If a member of your household is still hesitant about being inoculated, here are a few facts that might assuage their fears:

  • Johnson and Johnson’s — This vaccine is for people 18 years and older. If you are allergic to polysorbate, you should consider the other two vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer). The government also issued a warning that women below 50 years old are at risk of developing blood clots after getting this vaccine. You only need one shot for this.
  • Moderna — This vaccine is recommended for people 18 years and older. After getting your first shot, you must wait for 28 days before having your second shot. It does not contain eggs, preservatives, latex, or metal. But if you are allergic to PEG, you should opt for the Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine.
  • Pfizer — The FDA gave full approval to this vaccine. It is recommended for people 12 years and older. Like Moderna, it also contains PEG. The second shot can be administered 21 days after the first.

You will likely notice that the area where you got vaccinated is a bit swollen. It might also be painful and red. You might experience tiredness and nausea. Some people also had fever and muscle pains. To counter these, you can take ibuprofen or other over-the-counter pain medicine.

Masks

Even now, we still hear Dr. Anthony Fauci encouraging people to wear masks. This safety measure is essential for kids who are not qualified for the vaccine. He pointed out that those with weak immune systems should continue wearing masks even if they are fully vaccinated.

Doing your assignment before going on a trip will save you the hassle. In this case, it can keep you healthy. We saw the grim numbers. Let those deaths remind you of the importance of life, so be part of the solution. Do what is necessary to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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