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COVID-19: After you travel

COVID-19: After you travel

Health
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If you left town over the Labor Day weekend, you weren’t alone. Some 46 percent of people surveyed planned to stay overnight somewhere other than home Sept. 4-7.
While traveling can be fun, it’s not the safest activity during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As such, whether you’ve traveled over Labor Day or have plans to travel in the coming weeks or months, it’s important to take precautions upon your return.
While traveling, we tend to interact with more people than if we had stayed at home, increasing the risk of COVID-19 exposure.
It doesn’t matter where you traveled or whether you went by plane, train or automobile. Even if you don’t feel ill, be sure to follow these precautions upon returning home to help protect others from becoming ill:

  • Stay at least six feet from people who don’t live in your household. You should observe these precautions indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose when you leave your home.
  • Frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
  • Monitor your health for COVID-19 symptoms. Take your temperature if you feel sick.

High-risk activities

If you participated in high-risk activities during your trip, you should take additional precautions, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stay home as much as possible and avoid people who are at risk of developing severe symptoms from COVID-19. High-risk activities include:

  • Traveling to an area experiencing high levels of COVID-19. Check travel health notices for country-specific information and state or local health departments’ websites for domestic information.
  • Participating in large gatherings such as weddings, parties, funerals, sporting events, concerts or parades.
  • Being present in crowded restaurants, bars, airports, bus and train stations or movie theaters.
  • Traveling by cruise ships or river boats.

Know the symptoms

Once you get back, make sure to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19, which can include include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.
If you begin to experience symptoms, you can call the Tidelands Health COVID-19 Nurse Line at 843-652-8800 or your Tidelands Health physician for screening and referral. If you do not have a primary care provider, call 1-866-TIDELANDS for assistance locating one.

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