Have to travel?
Traveling home for the holidays means you might bring COVID-19 home with you. You can bring COVID-19 home from an exposure you had before you left or while traveling. So it is important to remember the following tips from the Minnesota Department of Health:
- Lay low before you go! Minimize your contact with others for 14 days before you travel, avoid large crowds, gatherings, bars, etc… Stay away from others as much as possible. Wear a face mask whenever you are outside of your room and distance as much as you can.
- Get tested before you go! If you are negative, continue to lay low until you go. If you are positive, you will need to isolate.
- During travel, wear a face mask, distance as much as possible and wash hands frequently (or use hand sanitizer).
- Lay low once you arrive, because you may have been exposed during travel.
- Mask and socially distance as much as possible while you are home and/or for the first two weeks you are home. You want to be extra careful for your family. Wash your hands frequently!
- Consider testing 5-7 days after arrival, especially if your travel included being around many people (airports, bus rides, larger car pools).
- If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, get tested right away and isolate while the test is pending. If you have a close exposure to a known case of COVID-19, you should get tested 5-7 days after exposure and quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure.
- In general, avoid visiting people who are elderly or have health conditions. If you do visit, you should wear a mask, stay 6 or more feet away as much as possible and wash your hands. It is really important if you are visiting people at increased risk for severe disease to take extra precautions during the 14 days prior to the visit, and consider getting tested a few days prior to the visit
Other Tidbits and Resources:
- Don’t ignore symptoms! Symptoms can be subtle. For a list of symptoms associated with COVID-19
- CDC Resources on Celebrating Thanksgiving during COVID-19
- CDC Resources on what to do if you are sick or caring for someone that is sick
*INFORMATION TAKEN FROM THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH