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A pocket-sized infographic for travelling safely in 2020 has been released by hoppa, the leading provider of ground transportation services worldwide. According to data from Google Trends, almost a third of travellers (29.8%) are concerned about the virus. In fact, the number of search queries for coronavirus symptoms has eclipsed those of the swine flu outbreak in 2009.

This is despite the fact that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has emphasised that “the risk of being infected is low in many countries,” and that “travellers should not cancel their plans” unless travelling to high-risk destinations such as China, South Korea, Iran, and northern Italy.

It is, in fact, possible to travel safely while taking basic safety precautions. The infographic released by hoppa reveals how to prevent infection:

  • Wash hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds.

  • Avoid contact with sick people.

  • Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands.

  • Disinfect objects and surfaces – carry disinfectant wipes when travelling, and use them on anything you’re worried about touching, such as your tray table in a plane or door handle at your hotel room.

  • Avoid contact with animals and animal products.

  • Do not share eating utensils and food.

  • Don’t eat raw food. Cook meat and eggs thoroughly.

  • Avoid travelling to affected areas.

  • Seek medical care immediately if you are sick.

If you are feeling sick, the following precautions should be taken:

  • If you get sick while on a cruise or in a hotel, stay in your room and let the onboard medical centre or hotel staff know immediately if you develop a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), begin to feel feverish, or have other symptoms (such as cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat).
  • Avoid contact with others.

  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, or cough and sneeze into your elbow rather than your hands.

  • Throw tissues away and wash your hands.

  • Wear a face mask if you need to go out into public to prevent infecting others (masks have proven ineffective in preventing healthy people from becoming ill.

The infographic also details symptoms to watch out for, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath, a sore throat, and headaches.

While the World Health Organisation is encouraging people to continue travelling, there is a large emphasis to do so safely. Travellers who practice proper hygiene, take necessary precautions and avoid high-risk countries are still able to travel with low-risk.

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