After homeschooling and sheltering in place for nearly a year, you and your family might be ready to hit the road for a little summer R&R. With school starting back again soon, this is a great time to head for a vacation. A healthy dose of fun is definitely in order, but that comes with a healthy dose of new and necessary precautions, too. It’s important to remember that even though shelter-in-place orders have been lifted, we are still in the middle of a pandemic and what’s more, the COVID-19 Delta Variant cases are on the rise. So, you’ll need a few new travel habits to help protect you and your family this summer. Here are some tips from the Academy of Allergy and Asthma in Primary Care to help you navigate traveling with kids amidst Covid-19:
- Children often explore through touch, making contaminated surfaces a particular concern. As a parent, try to see the world through your child’s exploring eyes. This will help you to anticipate areas and surfaces that will draw your child’s attention.
- If your child is old enough, teach them the importance of keeping their hands off of items in public areas.
- When traveling, avoid common areas that get a lot of traffic. It’s simple, the more people-traffic, the more opportunity for contaminated surfaces and possible Covid-19 exposure.
- Schedule frequent handwashing breaks and use hand sanitizer after leaving common areas.
- Most important, lead by example. Let your children see you happily following the same rules. This alone will decrease COVID-19 related anxiety and increase their adoption of these simple safety practices.
If your child or a member of your family is at higher risk, you’ll need to increase safety measures. Be sure to consult with your primary care physician to discuss the pros and cons of traveling. They know your unique needs and are your best line of defense.
- Restrict your travel party to those you have had daily contact with over the last several months.
- Avoid mass transportation like planes, trains, and ships. Travel by car if at all possible.
- Avoid large groups.
- When seeing a relative, avoid the temptation to hug and kiss.
- Limit your family’s exposure to high-traffic common areas like hotel lobbies, tourist attractions and gathering places.
- Practice physical distancing and wear a face covering. Maintain a six-foot perimeter and avoid letting someone inside that perimeter for more than six minutes.
Make a plan before each travel stop, considering the safest way to interact with each environment to best maintain your health. Every family is unique as is each trip, but these new travel practices will be important to incorporate for the foreseeable future to make sure your experience together is as safe and enjoyable as possible.
About the AAAPC: The Academy of Allergy and Asthma in Primary Care (AAAPC) is a national non-profit organization, which supports innovative care models of allergy and asthma care in the primary care setting and assists physicians in expanding their role to provide allergy diagnostics and therapy to the under-served patient population. David Reichert brings over 35 years of Healthcare industry experience providing oversight for research and development, commercialization and improvements of healthcare products. Dr. Reichert’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, a MBA and a doctorate in Pharmacy. Over the past decade, Dr. Reichert has focused on Allergy and Immunologyandthe treatment of Allergy and Asthma. After running the Allergy Immunotherapy Treatment Set division for ALK-Abelló, Dr. Reichert went on to start up his own company, Acclaim Allergy Solutions in 2014. Acclaim Allergy Solutions provides Allergy Immunotherapy Treatment options for practitioners throughout the USA.He is an active member of numerous Allergy and Immunotherapy industry organizations including the Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) and is currently the President of the Board of Directors for the Academy of Allergy and Asthma in Primary Care (AAAPC).