• Travelling on a plane, especially if its long distance increases the chance that you have come into contact with virus, as there is no fresh air on airplanes and you are in a confined space for a length of time. With this in mind all incoming travellers should be viewed as being exposed to the virus. Although there are countries where they have a high prevalence of the virus, the passengers on your flight could have come from any part of the world.
  • With this in mind it is essential that you act in a responsible manner to ensure you do not pass the virus on to your family, we suggest you follow the following steps:
    1. Upon arrival at the airport avoid human contact; sanitize your hands and the handles and your suitcase.
    2. During your drive home, make sure you sit by an open window
    3. When you arrive home go straight to the bathroom, do not sit or lean on any surfaces, have a long hot shower or bath and wash your clothes straight away.
    4. Once you are wearing clean clothes you may embrace your loved ones briefly.
    5. For the next 14 days limit close contact with your family, this will mean that you will need to stay in your room as much as possible. If possible have your own bathroom.
    6. During the 14 day stint look out for any of the following symptoms:
      • Fever
      • Shortness of breath
      • Cough
      • Sore throat
      • Fatigue
    1. If you experience any of these symptoms phone your GP and inquire how they would like to handle the next steps.
  • Over the 14 days stint we recommend that you consume large amount of vitamin C and zinc, drink water every 20 minutes and wash your hands as often as possible.
  • If is understandable that you would want to catch up with your family, we suggest talking from a distance of 4 steps for no longer than 15 minutes in a well ventilated room, ideally outside.
  • Your family will need to self isolate themselves as well.

Information adapted from www.cdc.gov and www.who.int