Wearing a mask and hand sanitizer when going out has been the mandate for 14 months now. And that’s not going to change anytime soon. In fact, with the second deadly wave of COVID-19 underway and a third approaching soon, the need to be more careful is paramount. And, for that, masks and disinfectants are no longer sufficient. While we do not recommend taking a vacation or hitting the road yet, for those who need to travel for work or meet family and friends in an emergency, we suggest that you pack your first aid kit. travel with enough preventative products to keep the virus away.
We reached out to Dr Vipul Rustgi, Consultant Physician, Apollo Spectra, New Delhi to advise us on the new essentials you need to bring when traveling, as well as masks and disinfectants.
1. Oximeter and infrared thermometer
Carry a pulse oximeter that displays accurate readings and an infrared thermometer. It is the need of the hour.
2. Disposable gloves
Take 3-4 pairs of disposable gloves to make sure you don’t come in contact with the virus. Do not touch your mouth, nose or eyes after wearing the gloves. Try to disinfect your hands before putting on the gloves.
3. Disinfectant wipes and surface disinfectant spray
Carry disinfectant wipes to clean necessary items and frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs or handles. Also take a disinfectant spray, as it contains an active ingredient that helps kill antibiotic resistant germs. Shake well and spray on the surface to disinfect. For example, if you want to sit on a bench or chair at the airport, spray and sanitize it first.
Take all your essential medicines prescribed by your doctor, including paracetamol for fever. You may also have a copy of your prescription with you. If you have children traveling with you, talk to their doctor and take any medications prescribed for them. It is always advisable to keep them on hand to avoid any hassle and most importantly to avoid coming into unnecessary contact with people.
5. Automatic digital blood pressure monitor and glucometer
Monitor your blood pressure and blood sugar regularly, especially before you travel. It is a good idea to bring a handy BP machine and a blood glucose monitor with you.
6. Face shield
Because wearing just one mask is no longer enough. Wear a face shield as it will also provide that much-needed double protection against the deadly virus.
And, finally, wear a bunch of extra masks. Remember to change your mask after each use, and to wash your sheet masks daily.
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