Hello, summer! Does yours typically include large cookouts with family, relaxing on the beach or exploring new cities? The current global pandemic has thrown a wrench in these plans for many folks. Kentucky governor, Andy Beshear, has urged Kentuckians to stay healthy at home since March. If you’re choosing to travel this summer, here are some tips for minimizing your risk and the risk for those you love.
Deciding Your Destination
It’s important to know about COVID-19 spikes before traveling anywhere new. The CDC has created this interactive map of up-to-date data on COVID-19 cases and deaths. Use it to review recently reported cases before you choose or leave for your destination.
Because the situation is changing on a daily basis, it can be a challenge to keep up with what is open or not. Make sure that there aren’t any closures occurring at your destination. Follow travel restrictions by visiting the websites of state and local health departments.
If you are visiting family, consider the health of your loved ones and whether or not they are more likely to get very sick if infected. The CDC has outlined those most likely to become severely ill, and are updating it as more information becomes available.
If You Do Decide to Travel
Coronavirus can spread even if someone has no symptoms. Because of this, the CDC has put together many tips for protecting yourself and others during travel.
- Clean your hands often.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.
- Wear a cloth face covering in public.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Pick up food at drive-throughs, curbside restaurant service or stores.
Risk varies based on your method of transportation as well. Air travel, RV travel and road trips all pose their own risks. Identify what fits your comfort level and plans to make the best decision for you. Visit the CDC’s website for the full guidelines, containing this information and more.
If you have any questions or concerns, our Sterling Health Care offices are always happy to help you out. Contact us by calling (859) 404-7686. We keep the latest information and resources about COVID-19 on our website. We also have details about our TeleHealth and TeleDental services, drive-thru COVID-19 testing, and how our clinics are operating to keep you safe.