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Traveling during a pandemic: what to take with you to protect against coronavirus

During a global outbreak of coronavirus infection, people store food in their home pantries and empty shelves of toilet paper. But what you need to buy if you are going to travel during a pandemic? Tells Fox News.

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Hand sanitizer

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasized the importance of washing hands thoroughly with soap and water during a pandemic, hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol are a viable alternative in controlling the spread of the virus. The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) stated that disinfectants are allowed in hand luggage.

On March 15, a federal agency opened new website, dedicated to answers to frequently asked questions regarding standard security checks at airports during a pandemic. Specifically, TSA reports that people can now pack liquid hand sanitizers - up to 12 ounces (500 ml) instead of the typical 3,4 ounces (100 ml) - in their carry-on bags.

However, disinfectant spray cans are not allowed in hand luggage or in checked baggage, this is prohibited by TSA. All other fluids, gels, and aerosols should be no more than 3,4 ounces in weight and pass through a security checkpoint.

On the subject: How to travel during a coronavirus epidemic without health risks


Are you allergic to sneezing? Keep a small pack of wipes on hand to maintain good respiratory hygiene and to maintain the health of others.

The CDC reports that human-to-human transmission of a new coronavirus occurs when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how flu and other respiratory pathogens spread.

Antibacterial wipes with alcohol

Whether you're planning to board a plane, train, bus, or board a ship during an outbreak, it's a good idea to wipe down everything in your available personal space with alcohol or antibacterial wipes, says infectious disease specialist at Ohio State University Debra Goff.

According to Goff, it is very advisable to wipe the armrests, seat belt handles and tables, as well as offer wipes to neighbors.

“Unlike sharing bacteria and viruses, this is what you want to share,” said the expert.

According to TSA representatives, airline passengers can also bring individually packaged alcohol or antibacterial wipes in their hand luggage or in checked baggage - even large containers.

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No mask needed

One thing you probably don't need to bring with you is a medical mask. Masks are ineffective for those without symptoms - and such a purchase depletes the supply of masks needed by medical professionals, the US chief surgeon said.

“Seriously people - stop buying masks! - wrote on his Twitter Dr. Jerome Adams, talking about fears about the spread of the virus. "They are NOT effective in preventing widespread coronavirus infection, but if healthcare professionals cannot use them to care for sick patients, that puts them and us at risk!"

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