With the outbreak of Coronavirus, everyone is a bit concerned about traveling and moving abroad. Despite the hysteria, people are still traveling and choosing to move abroad to teach English in the future. However, it is always a good idea to take precautions to remain healthy while abroad. Here are a few key tips to stay healthy while traveling!
Wash your hands
I am sure you have heard this a hundred times, however, it never hurts to reiterate it. Wash your hands as much as possible for at least 20 seconds. If you need help counting, simply sing, “Happy birthday” while washing your hands. It is roughly the same amount of time.
Wear a mask while traveling
While you are traveling, especially in high volume areas such as airports, wearing a mask may help with preventing you from getting sick. Or in the event that you may be feeling unwell, it will also help prevent you from getting others sick. The mask will act as a barrier for germs and can help you to stay healthy.
Make sure you’re up to date on all your shots
Before traveling abroad, you always want to make sure that you are always up to date on your shots. This is true even without Coronavirus! It is vital to help you stay prepared when traveling. In addition, some countries even require proof of certain shots and vaccines before entering the country! Make sure to check each country’s website before traveling there.
Avoid touching your face
Many health officials have noted, that in light of Coronavirus, they recommend that people should avoid touching their face. This includes rubbing your eyes, touching your mouth, and nose. The reason for this is simple, your hands come into contact with much more bacteria than your face. By avoiding touching your face, you will decrease the likelihood of getting sick.
Get enough sleep
Your body needs time to recuperate and sleep is a vital part of that process. Make sure that you get enough sleep each night (recommended 8 hours). This will help your body and immune system to fight off infections and stay healthy.
Bring any special medications with you
When you travel abroad, you will most likely not have access to the same drugs or medications you would find at home. That’s not to say it won’t be available in the country you are traveling to, but it may be difficult to find. If you know that you use a certain medication often, it is best to simply bring it with you to access while abroad. It is always better to be over-prepared.
Take vitamin C
Another way to stay healthy is to take your vitamins daily. The most notable one being vitamin C. This will help you to fight off the feeling of getting sick and help your immune system.
These are just a few precautions you should take to stay healthy while traveling. Of course, in light of Coronavirus, it is best to avoid traveling to places that have been labeled as highly contagious zones. However, this virus, like so many that have come before, will be taken care of in time. It does not mean that it is no longer safe to travel. People are still traveling abroad and moving to teach English. Simply take these precautions to help you stay healthy while traveling.
*Please note, we are not healthcare professionals and these are all suggestions. If you are concerned, be sure to check with your local healthcare professional.