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1. Tips to help people get to the airport more safely (ask a friend to drive and skip ride-share, etc.) and tips for when they're in the airport?

  • Ask a friend or family member to drive.
  • Have good masks – suggest surgical masks rather than masks made from cloth to be used at all times – upon entrance to the airport, on the flight and when exiting the airport.
  • Use hand sanitizer wipes (rather than gel) frequently.
  • Try not to touch too many surfaces at the airport.
  • At the airport, try to stay away from other people as much as possible. Especially – stay away from loud people (viruses spread more if a person is shouting or singing).
  • Avoid using public bathrooms.
  • Wearing gloves gives false security.
  • Use bleach wipes on all surfaces when entering the plane.

2. Is there a safer time of day to fly? Safer spot in the aircraft to sit?

  • First flight of the morning is the safest.
  • Choose an airline that follows social distancing guidelines – that is keeping the middle seat empty; not over-booking, and mandating mask use during the flight.
  • Front of the plane is the safest. Allows one to board last and exit first – thus decreasing exposure to others.
  • Or take seats in the back — but not too close to the bathrooms.

3. What items do you need with you to stay protected?

  • Hand sanitizer wipes, surgical masks, bleach wipes for surfaces. TSA now allows hand sanitizer containers that are bigger than 3 ozs.
  • Bring your own drinks and snacks for the flight.

4. Is it better to stay in a hotel compared to staying with family?

It depends.

If it is a long visit, staying with family may be safer – especially if you know that the family is healthy and following isolation guidelines.

Also, make sure the family’s home does not have airborne irritants — cigarette smoke, etc.
Hotels are safe as long as they are being cautious about their cleaning practices, requiring guests to wear masks in public spaces, allowing enough space for social distancing.

5. Should everyone who flies quarantine when they get home? Why or why not?

Depends on where you fly.
Ideally, a person flying from an area with high prevalence of COVID in the community should be isolated. That includes flying to your destination. Quarantining with the family you are visiting may be necessary.

Despite all the precautions one takes, currently, in the US and in many countries around the world, the risk of exposure to COVID is there. That is why quarantining maybe necessary – both at the destination you are traveling to and after return.

Quarantining does not mean that you stay closed up in a room. Safe quarantining can be done by keeping in your pod/group, being self sufficient so that you do not have to go to or use public spaces and staying away from other people.

6. Should people be traveling this year at all? Should they stick to car travel only or not at all? Why or why not?

Ideally, people should not be traveling this year. However, people have different responsibilities and needs — for example, parents with young children may require their family members to help with their young children; or business travelers – who have to go physically to different locations – to inspect facilities, etc; or people who just need a change of scenery for their mental health; or a person/family living in a crowded city that needs to go to a location where there are open spaces, or different activities – hiking, beach, etc.

This year has been difficult. Mental stress levels have increased. Domestic violence, elder abuse, alcohol and drug use are increasing.

So, a person may need to travel. That person has to choose a location to travel to that can be reached safely.

And – decide about the mode of travel.

Although driving by car may be safer, a person with disabilities may not be able to drive for long hours.
Or the location one is traveling to – may be so far, that it may take 2 days to drive – requiring having to stay at a hotel or driving tired. This can also be dangerous.

Lastly, the person choosing to travel has to be responsible. They are knowingly putting themselves at risk of COVID exposure. They should not put others at risk because of their reason to travel. So – when deciding to travel, the traveler has to consciously think about the people the traveler will come into contact with, and think about how they can keep the other person safe.

7. If I need a COVID test, where can I get it?

Urgent care centers – such as Baptist Health, MD Now, some CVS drug stores and Walmart provide testing. Some require referrals and appointments, some not.

Also, there are different COVID tests available. Generally, PCR tests are more reliable. Some rapid tests can be false negative.

Health authorities emphasize the importance of immunizations – especially immunizations against respiratory infections – influenza, pertussis, pneumonia.

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Travel Products & Resources

In addition to immunizations and medications, we highly recommend looking at the following resources and products before your travels. The perfect travel plan is about more than where you’re traveling — it should involve a detailed overview of your health history. By providing us with this information, we can develop a personalized plan for you and complete your appointment as quickly as possible. Before your appointment, please print and fill out the appropriate questionnaires. Contact us  today to schedule your consultation.

What You’ll Need to Prepare

We have more than 20 years of experience in treating patients with travel-related illnesses and injuries. Our goal is to prepare travelers so that they have safe and healthy travel experience. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of products that, depending on where you are traveling, could be vital to your health. These are fairly common products, and we will have further, more-detailed recommendations for your trip based on traveling, and your health information.

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Picaridin is a new, high-strength insecticide that is a much safer alternative to DEET. Sawyer® ‘s 20% Picaridin spray lasts for up to eight hours against biting animals such as mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, gnats, chiggers, and fleas. Unlike DEET, this spray will not harm any of your traveling gear or equipment.
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Sawyer® Ultra-30™ Insect Repellent

This liposome-based product is the latest in insect repellents technology. Liposome allows the 30% DEET lotion to appear non-greasy, and with significantly less odor than traditional sprays. Liposomes are used to protect our skin from various chemicals and products, allowing the DEET to work as an insect repellent without posing any risk to your health. They also allow for a controlled release of DEET so it releases slowly over time for hours of protection.

Sawyer® Ultra-30™ Insect Repellent is:

  • Odorless After Application
  • Non-Greasy
  • Non-Staining
  • Sweatproof
  • Effective For Up to 11 Hours
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Sawyer Permethrin® Clothing Repellent

Use Sawyer Permethrin® Clothing Repellent to protect yourself from biting insects. Not only does this product repel insects, but actually kills ticks, mosquitoes, and more than 55 other kinds of insects. Permethrin is non-toxic to humans, bonds to clothing without staining or damaging it, and a single application lasts for six washings.

When applied to your clothing, equipment, or tent, Permethrin will have “spatial repellency” against mosquitos, meaning that even if they swarm you they will not land on treated areas. Use with skin-applied repellents for the strongest protection.

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Sawyer® Stay Put® Sunblock - SPF 30

This sunblock is unique because it can penetrate deeper layers of skin than traditional sunblocks. This makes for better protection, while allowing the sunblock to stay effective against activity to the surface of your skin, including rubbing, exposure to water, sweating, etc. You’ll remain cool while staying protected, as this sunblock’s bond to deeper layers of skin allows for sweat to pass through it easily.

Important Features:


  • Sweat resistant
  • UVA/UVB protection
  • Bonding Base Formula: long-lasting protection in a PABA-free non-greasy lotion.
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Sawyer Select Replacement Foam & Bottle

This foam and bottle combination is for use with Sawyer’s signature 0.1 micron absolute Hollow Fiber Membrane Filter. The foam contains activated carbon and other ingredients in its membrane which allow for more filtration to occur, faster than traditional block or granule filters. They also improve the smell/odor of water, and can be used up to 1600 times.

The Select S1 systems reduce chemicals to 0.5 parts per billion (which is up to 40 times lower than the EPA’s maximum recommended level,) and reduce pesticides down to 0.01 parts per billion (400 times lower than the EPA’s maximum). The foam and bottle filter out:

  • Bacteria
  • Protozoa
  • Chemicals
  • Pesticides

For more information about the products we recommend, contact us or email us.