How Not To Let Ebola Mess with Your Travel Plans

The Ebola scare is fast becoming far-reaching, and it’s understandable that you might want to postpone any travel plans that you might have. But what about those long-planned family trip to the National Kruger Park? Are you going to postpone it and cancel all the reservations already made? You’d be happy to know that you can push through with your trip, because there are ways to protect yourself and your family, should they travel along.

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Educate yourself about Ebola

Ebola is not as contagious as H1N1 or other previous deadly diseases. It’s not airborne either, which takes inhalation risks out of the equation. What’s more, air in airplanes is generally safe to breathe in as they go through a HEPA-grade filtration system, removing 99% of virus and bacteria. So really, there’s no need to stop breathing when you’re flying. No need to wear a gas mask either.

Ebola is not also spread through food, but you would do well to curb your adventurous palate while on a vacation, since traveler’s diarrhea is more prevalent than the scary disease in certain destinations.

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Keep your hands clean

Studies proved that commonly touched surfaces in airplanes are more hazardous than the air within. The armrest, tableware and faucets, among others, are found to have bacteria that can cause diarrhea or cold. So make sure to keep your hands clean all the time. Observing proper hygiene will go a long way, whether you’re on vacation or not. Remember to keep your hands off your face as well.

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Stay on the safe side

Since Ebola is spread through broken skin or open wounds, you should keep a lid on being adventurous in the meantime. Now is not the best time to land in the hospital, with cuts and bruises. So put off risky and daredevil activities until your next trip, or when Ebola is kept under control. As long as you keep these tips in mind, you can enjoy international travel.

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