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posted by: LIT First Aid on: October 12, 2021

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Now that many Canadians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, travel is possible again. Although the federal government still warns against non-essential travel, many countries are welcoming Canadian citizens who are vaccinated and have tested negative for COVID-19. As a result, flights have resumed to destinations all over the world. If you’ve made the decision to travel this fall or winter, there are a few tips you should follow to reduce your risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19. 

 

Double Mask

First thing’s first, wear your mask at all times while in the airport and on the airplane. Your mask should cover your nose, mouth, and chin, and should fit snugly around your face. Further, studies have shown that double masking is significantly more effective than wearing one medical mask or cloth mask. The ideal combination? Wearing both a medical and cloth mask throughout the duration of your flight. 

 

Sanitize Your Hands and Seat

Hand sanitizer is still very much your friend. Bring a bottle on the plane with you and sanitize your hands frequently throughout the flight, especially after using the washroom or before eating food. It’s also a good idea to sanitize your seat and tray table by wiping them down with a sanitizing wipe when you sit down. As always, avoid touching your face as much as possible.

 

Avoid Layovers

If you can, avoiding layovers is another way to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19. A connecting flight will only add to your flight time, exposing you to a greater number of people along the way. 

 

Physical Distance at the Terminal

While physical distancing likely won't be possible on the airplane, it should be in the terminal. When waiting for your flight, choose a seat far away from others. Many airports have marked off seats to ensure passengers remain six feet from others at all times.

 

If you’re boarding a plane anytime soon, be sure to follow the safety tips above. To keep yourself and others safe, we also recommend 

signing up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses

 to learn important first aid skills and CPR that could save your life.

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