COLD weather and an outbreak of coronavirus have forced many people to take the “do not travel” list and limit their travels.
It’s a move that can cost lives.
But how can you prepare for travel in the middle of a pandemic?
The good news is that there are ways to protect yourself in the midst of a coronaviruses onslaught.
Below are 5 ways to keep you and your loved ones safe during a pandemics cold weather.1.
Keep a close eye on your temperature and wear a hoodie and layers to protect your eyes.
If you’re concerned about your health, make sure you’re keeping a close watch on your temperatures.
You should also wear layers when you travel and be extra careful if you’re wearing a mask.
A good rule of thumb is to wear a long sleeved shirt with long sleeves and gloves to keep your hands warm.
If you have any concerns about your condition or health, go to your doctor.
It can be helpful to have an alert phone number to call if you have questions.
If possible, try to avoid wearing the same clothing for longer periods of time.2.
Know what’s safe for you and who you’re contacting.
If the CDC has issued a travel restriction or travel alert, it is important to contact the CDC before traveling.
This is especially important for people who have traveled overseas.
You can reach the CDC by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800.CDC.INFO).3.
Keep an eye on social media and stay away from any suspicious activity.
If anyone you know is going out on a date, make it a point to keep a close look on them and make sure they’re wearing proper clothing.
Don’t text or email your friends about dates.
If something does happen, don’t be afraid to call 911.
If a friend or family member is in a hospital, you can contact them.
If they are not available, call the nearest emergency medical service.4.
Wear your best clothes and avoid the “don’t be a hero” approach.
People who go out to the grocery store, visit a mall, or go on a business trip should be cautious of others and stay as far away from other people as possible.
If someone tries to help you, don the mask and get the help you need.
It is a good idea to make sure your phone is on silent mode and never touch anyone else or anyone you don’t know.5.
If your family or friends are sick or in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
You may not be able to get to them, but you can dial 911 for help.
This can also help if your loved one is in an ambulance.6.
Be prepared for the cold weather by practicing safe activities, and by following the CDC’s tips.
If in the cold, wear long sleeves, pants, and a hat.
If outdoors, wear a mask and be ready to keep it on when you get home.7.
Stay hydrated and stay active by staying indoors.
Wear long sleeves with a hood.
Keep your feet warm by staying in the shade and taking your shoes off when you leave your house.
Avoid strenuous activities and exercise.
Donning gloves is also a good precaution when you’re outside.8.
If at all possible, wear appropriate clothing for travel and the cold.
The best option is a long sleeve shirt, a long skirt, and long pants.
These items should also be worn under a hat to protect from the sun.9.
If there is a significant risk of an illness or injury, call a doctor.
A CDC travel warning is issued every day, and it can be difficult to locate and contact a doctor if you don.
You are encouraged to contact your doctor for more information about any health concerns you have.
If a cold is starting to spread in your area, call your doctor immediately.
If symptoms persist or you think you may have a cold, seek immediate medical attention.
CDC recommends calling your doctor if any of the following symptoms are present:A cough, runny nose, or throatBruising or red eyesHair loss, flaking, or dryness or discharge, especially when wet and coldA fever of 100 to 105 degreesFever of 103 or higherCough, shortness of breath, or sore throatFever or shortness in throat or throat and increased sensitivity to coldSudden or chronic cough or coughs or sneezesFever, pain, or difficulty breathingDizziness or faintingIf you or someone you know has symptoms of a cold or flu, seek medical attention immediately.
Follow the CDC Travel Warnings.