Here’s What You Need To Do If You Get Sick When On Your Holiday?
After months of languishing at home owing to the Covid lockdown, you’ve finally set out on that long-delayed holiday trip (keeping in mind all the social distancing regulations, we hope). However, as you’re stretched out on a resort somewhere or camping in the hills or out on an adventure, all of a sudden you’ve started to feel generally fatigued. Maybe it’s just leisure sickness, you think, as you got to relax outdoors after months of being cooped up.
Then, you start developing the scarier symptoms: fever, persistent coughing, and a loss of taste and smell. When you fall sick far from home and the symptoms appear similar to Covid, how do you deal with it?
With regards to Covid, social distancing has always been the norm. If you’re displaying symptoms of this infectious disease, the importance of social distancing increases exponentially. So, the first thing you want to do is retire to your place of accommodation and stay away from other people. You don’t want to set out by yourself looking for a doctor as that will increase the risk of you infecting others.
Immediately inform the hotel/resort staff about your sickness. Most hotels and resorts have adapted themselves to the pandemic situation (make sure that you stay only in such places), so you’ll have Covid-trained staff looking out for you.
A designated public health authority (treating physician or the district Rapid Response Team) will be called in to check on you and assess the risk. If your Covid test turns out to be negative, you should be able to enjoy your vacation. However, it depends on the authority’s discretion. But if you’re Covid positive, there’ll be a lot more things you need to take care of.
Usually, if your Covid symptoms are mild, you’ll be allowed to self-quarantine. However, if the symptoms you show are severe — difficulty in breathing, pain in your chest, slurred speech or discoloration of your lips or face — you’ll require immediate medical attention.
Once you’ve contracted the virus, you might want to abandon your holiday and get back to the comfort of your home. Most people tend to have just a mild illness and would recover at home. However, traveling means that you run the risk of infecting many more people who may be more vulnerable. This possibility increases especially if you’re using public transport. Particularly when it comes to flights, if you’re symptomatic, you won’t be allowed to board altogether. Even if you have your personal vehicle, only travel if you can do so safely.
The best course of action to take is to extend your stay in the hotel/resort for at least 14 days if you’re displaying mild symptoms. Again, ensure that you’ve already checked the place’s policy on Covid and the additional expenses, if any, before setting out for the trip. Whatever you plan to do, discuss it with medical professionals beforehand.
Note that even if you start displaying symptoms after leaving for home, you still need to contact your accommodation provider so that they can take all the necessary steps for Covid control and disinfection.
Once you’ve reached home, you want to take lots of rest and avoid contact with anyone for at least 14 days. If you’ve been traveling with friends/family, they should follow suit, even if they’ve tested negative. This is because one could carry the virus and not display any symptoms. Also, stay isolated from your friends/family living in your house for the quarantine period. Take extra care to be distanced from kids, elders or those with medical conditions as they’re more susceptible to infection.
Regular disinfecting of common touch points like doorknobs, refrigerators and particularly phones should be a norm. The same goes for the infected person’s clothes and linens – they should be washed separately. Strictly adhering to social distancing norms are what can keep everyone as safe as possible.
If it’s absolutely unnecessary, don’t plan any holidays for now. The Covid pandemic is far from over.
If you’re going on holiday during Covid, ensure that you follow social distancing. It may not keep Covid at bay completely, but it drastically reduces your chances of getting infected and keep you from infecting others if you’re sick. Regular washing of hands and avoiding touching your eyes and nose would work wonders.
Before setting out on a trip, make sure that your insurance covers Covid and carry all the necessary documents.
Instead of setting out on international trips, opt for holiday destinations that are close to home.
Whether you’re going on a local or international trip, be updated on the travel guidelines and the quarantine rules (particularly for flights). Remember that these rules can change often.
Whatever the rules may be, it’s a good idea to have the Covid self-declaration form and Aarogya Setu installed on your phone.
Children below 10 years of age and those above 65 are at greater risk of contracting Covid. Same goes for those with underlying medical conditions. So, holiday travel isn’t recommended for them now.
Book at accommodations that are Covid-ready with trained staff.
Preferably rent a villa/suite so that you’re not in contact with other guests.
Cashless transactions are highly recommended to avoid risk of transmission.
If you develop Covid symptoms, don’t panic. Seek help immediately and cooperate with the hotel/medical staff.