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General Travel Health and Coronavirus Safety Information

March 10, 2020

For those preparing for any kind of vacation abroad, whether a short trip with your family or a group vacation with other members of the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints, health and avoiding sickness risks are important themes. In particular, anyone traveling internationally during the major worldwide coronavirus outbreak during early 2020 will want to be highly diligent and take major precautions during travel.

At Cruise Lady: Latter-day Adventures, our staff will be happy to assist you with any travel health recommendations for all our family LDS cruises, land-tours and vacation packages, from Holy Land vacation tours to Church History tours and several options in between. In particular, we’ll provide information to those concerned about coronavirus safety, including recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today’s blog will highlight a few general tips for avoiding sickness or health risks while traveling, plus go over a few broad pointers on coronavirus.

General Travel Sickness Avoidance Tips

Some general tips we can offer on avoiding sickness risks while traveling abroad:

  • Hand-washing: One area that’s vital during all travel, but particularly important during this coronavirus update, is hand-washing. Hands should be washed frequently and completely, taking 20 seconds or more to lather and rinse the entirety of both hands.
  • Hand sanitizer: Down similar lines, travelers may find themselves in situations where water and soap are not readily available. It’s important to pack quality hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol or more.
  • Hydration: Staying hydrated properly at all times limits numerous potential dehydration risks, several of which will fatigue the body and weaken the immune system.
  • Raw food: Unless you’re confident in its origins, avoid raw food in high-risk or developing countries.
  • Water and foot coverings: While everyone likes to go barefoot on the beach from time to time, we highly recommend covering your feet if you plan to enter an ocean, lake, stream or river. This is because various infectious organisms may be present.

Coronavirus Recommendations

It’s important for readers of this blog to understand that coronavirus is still a constantly-shifting disease. The latest information is changing daily, particularly in terms of infected areas and related risks. If you plan to travel during this period, you absolutely must consult health professionals and the latest in coronavirus updates before confirming your plans. In particular, the CDC recommends avoiding nonessential travel to countries with high alert levels – again, though, these may change by the day.

With this in mind, here are some broad tips on coronavirus safety if you must travel during this period, particularly to areas where infections have been reported:

  • Avoid nonessential travel, or travel of any kind if you are already sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 or more seconds as often as possible, or use a high-alcohol-based sanitizer. This is particularly vital after using the bathroom, before eating, after coughing or sneezing and after blowing one’s nose.
  • If you have recently returned from any country with reported coronavirus infections, and are experiencing a fever, cough, fatigue or other such symptoms, seek medical care immediately.

For more on staying safe from illness and especially coronavirus while traveling, or to learn about any of our cruises or land tours, speak to the staff at Cruise Lady: Latter-day Adventures today.

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