Avoiding Health Hazards While Traveling
Travel is the travel of humans between different, usually distant, geographic locations. Travel can be to any location in the world within a span of a single year, two years, one month, two weeks or one day. Travel can also be one-way or round-trip, and can occur overland or underwater. Some forms of travel include commercial, social, cultural, educational or family travel. Most of the world’s population now uses modern means of transport to move from point A to point B. Examples of modern travel include air travel, car travel, boat travel and land/water travel.
In recent times, some types of travel have become more dangerous than others. In the past, all kinds of travel were safe enough that passenger safety was rarely examined. However, in the September 11th 2021 terrorist attacks, all types of travel became significantly safer. Passengers became safer due to tightened security at airports, and in certain areas, passenger trains and buses were shut down while additional protection for train passengers was introduced.
Although we’ve always recommended passengers wear masks while riding in a car, the September 11th attacks changed the rules, making it necessary for everyone to use some type of personal safety device while traveling. Even if you are not going to an airplane or an automobile, it is important to wear a safety mask in order to protect your head, face and mouth. The most common safety devices are hard hats, safety glasses or goggles, and earplugs. Hard hats are most often worn by construction workers.
When traveling on the ground, the most common way to protect your head, face and ears while standing is to wear a hard hat. This device is basically a thick, heavy piece of headgear that covers the entire head, protecting the wearer from flying objects and other hazards. If you do not wear a hat, you should protect your ears with either earplugs or goggles. Earplugs, which fit very snugly, are designed to prevent dust, pollen, dust mites and other irritating particles from entering the ears. These products are meant to be worn for at least 20 seconds at a time, although you may need to adjust them as you go through the day. For those who travel for work, it is highly recommended that you wear goggles or safety glasses in order to protect your eyes from insects and other irritants.
Another very effective device to keep your head, face and ears protected while traveling is to wear earmuffs or plugs. These plugs fit over the ears and prevent dust and other particles from entering the ear canal. While some might find this uncomfortable or inadequate, especially since these products are meant to be worn at home, it is a very effective way to protect yourself when you travel to places like bus stations and airports where there are many flying particles, such as dirt and dust. The travel advisory also advises people to screen their eyes with anti-glare and sunglasses whenever possible. These safety devices can save your life and the lives of your family members, should they be subjected to harmful pathogens while in public settings. If you follow these recommendations, you will have a much better chance of staying healthy and safe during your travels.
If you are concerned about contracting a virus or infectious substances while traveling, you can take precautions in many different ways, ranging from personal hygiene to protective gear. Regardless of how safe you feel you are while in public, it is important to wear protective gear during travel and stick to the advice from the American Society for Travel Medicine and the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As long as you follow all recommendations and precautions, you will have a great travel experience.