Physical Distancing and Quarantine Part 5: International Travel
Travel is the motion of individuals between different remote geographical locations. Travel can take place by foot, car, plane, train, bus, boat, horse, carriage or any other mode of transport, with or without baggage, and is one way to get from one point to another. Travel has many definitions but travel can mean different things to different people. For example, to some, traveling means traveling within a country as opposed to traveling abroad. To others, it may only mean traveling within the state. It may mean going on a vacation or spending a weekend away from home.
Today’s modern world revolves around worldwide travel. People from all corners of the earth have started moving towards other countries to study, earn a living, and have fun. Because of this, there are now millions of tourists from various countries that visit every major city in the world and take in the sights and sounds of these global cities. But despite the huge influx of foreign tourists, there are still countless numbers of travelers throughout the year who are either traveling within the country or traveling outside the country for a number of reasons. Some people also choose to travel outside of their country of origin either on vacation or on business.
While the majority of international travelers are not facing deadly diseases such as rabies and Hepatitis, there is still a certain risk of encountering illness while traveling to foreign countries. For this reason, all travelers should wear masks when traveling in any foreign country. These masks are available in different designs and colors depending on the preference of the traveler. For example, some travelers prefer to wear white or doones, while others prefer to wear face masks that have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Organization for Biological Safety Research (WMO).
Other types of facial masks include those that are specifically designed for use in the United States as well as those that are intended for use in Canada. For example, one can purchase a custom fit, laminated “American Tourister” mask designed specifically for the American traveler. If one is traveling between the United States and Canada, they will also be able to purchase a “Canadase” laminated mask made especially for use between the two countries. These masks provide a more secure feeling while travelling. Some of the brands that sell these masks include Allergen Aware, Covid-19, eZoo, iamoz, Kookaburra, Purity Pro, Reebok, Silhouette, and Thierry Muga.
While the increased levels of security in many of the cities in the United States may provide some degree of protection for tourists from dangerous diseases, some precautions must still be taken. As part of their security efforts, the U.S. federal government requires that all international travelers adhere to specific guidelines regarding physical distancing. In addition, the United States Department of State does not recommend travel to any country in which there are known cases of human-to-human transmission of hepatitis virus or infectious diarrhea to include Mexico, Venezuela, or Guatemala. As well, the United States Department of State advises travelers against the use of alcohol or drugs, while discouraging the use of chlorinated swimming pools.
Although it may be tempting to avoid contact with people and prevent physical distancing from possible diseases, experts do not recommend this. In addition to the difficulty involved in establishing adequate close contact among those traveling to another country, there is a risk of contracting an illness when close contact with an infected person is not established. It is better for international travel participants to wear a mask and to wash their hands thoroughly after touching objects used by other travelers. It is also important for those traveling outside of the United States to practice quarantining themselves and their travel companions to avoid the spread of deadly diseases. Although it may be tempting to avoid touching an object used by another traveler, it is very dangerous to do so and could cause serious disease if contaminated.