While several national and global health organizations recommend curtailing international travel because of the coronavirus, there are precautions you can take to minimize the risk of infection or illness.
“At this point, the CDC and the U.S. State Department have not issued any restrictions for domestic travel,” says Liz Bittner, president and CEO of Travel-SouthUSA, regional destination marketing organization that promotes travel and tourism in the South, who was interviewed mid-March. “We acknowledge that there are challenges, especially for people who may have underlying health issues or are elderly.”
“We strongly suggest following the CDC guidelines in this time when both the coronavirus and flu are active,” she says. “Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, stay away from people who are ill, maintain healthy habits and drink lots of water.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides tips and regular updates about ways to prevent illness as well as up-to-date information about the status of the coronavirus. For more information about travel precautions and guidelines, visit cdc.gov.