What precautions should I take if I travel?
You should be aware that traveling—along with other factors—can significantly increase your risk of exposure—e.g., destination, mode of travel, ability to social distance, mask use, use of good hygiene resources and procedures, and avoiding large groups of people in close proximity for extended periods of time. If you do choose to travel, we urge you to exercise extreme caution.
We urge you strongly to:
- Monitor both domestic and international destinations where COVID-19 is present, as well as information, travel warnings, health advisories, travel and movement restrictions (e.g., use of public transportation, border closings, screening procedures at airports/stations, etc.) and quarantine requirements and conditions at your destination. These do change frequently.
The CDC website, as well as the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), U.S. Department of State, and International SOS provide useful updated information. Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering also has an excellent site with daily updates of cases worldwide.
- Take basic precautions recommended by the CDC while you travel. Your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 depends on your own behavior as well as your travel pattern, destination or means of transportation. Therefore, you should be sure to:
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Distance yourself from others—stay at least 6 feet away to prevent exposure through coughing
- Cover your mouth and nose with a face mask
- Cover your cough with your upper sleeve or elbow
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60 percent to 95 percent alcohol
- Wipe down frequently touched objects (e.g., phones) and surfaces
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Do not share drinks/food/cigarettes, utensils, vaping products, etc.
- Speak with your manager/supervisor (including prior to traveling, if possible) on how quarantine guidelines issued by the State of Massachusetts and by the CDC for travelers returning either from domestic or international travel may affect your ability to return to work.
- Seek medical attention immediately if you get symptoms, which include coughing, fever, and difficulty breathing.