Pandemic Diary: Can Traveling Get Me Covid-19?

As people are headed to holiday season this end of October, they are lured into traveling outside their homes. This especially holds true in Indonesia where lockdown policy is never applied seriously and only half-heartedly due to the economic reason.

But families in Indonesia are known to be really stubborn. They are very close and can never stand living faraway from each other. This is why the pandemic will last to no end here.

I myself have traveled quite often in mass transit modes. The trip is only an hour and 45 minutes. What makes it even more challenging is that the coaches of the train I usually take is of course heavily air conditioned and thus has less air circulation than non-air-conditioned rooms.

Traveling may never be that dangerous (making you prone to getting caught by Covid-19) as long as you can manage to wear a 3-ply surgical mask all the time and wear it properly. And then of course, you must stay away from other passengers while in the cabin or train coach. Physical distancing is a must here.

The risk of getting infected in a mass transit modes can be minimized so long as we can stay silent throughout the trip to minimize the risk of spreading any droplets, which are the potential carriers of the virus.

But what is of greater concern is the fact that most of us travel not only for the sake of traveling but also attending some indoor get-together or assembly or event which is of course highly risky. This can trigger a very massive viral infection. (*/)

Author: akhlis

Writer & yogi

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