Covid-19 contagion indicators continue to decline in Colombia. The director of Epidemiology and Demography of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Claudia Cuéllar, reiterated that covid-19 positivity in the country continues to decline and stands at 1.9%. Furthermore, he pointed out that the country is recording an average of six deaths per day, which means the death toll has fallen to single digits.
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Faced with this scenario, health authorities have chosen to impose increasingly lax biosecurity regulations. In a large number of municipalities and cities in the country, the use of face masks in open spaces is no longer necessary and, due to the high rates of vaccination of the population, the country is slowly starting to resume activities that were once part of everyday life.
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For this reason, the trips for this holy week have increased exponentially. For this year, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism has indicated that a circulation of 1.3 million people between nationals and foreigners is expected in Colombia, which means about 6% more visitors than at the same period of 2019. .
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Regarding this situation, Cuéllar recalled that it is important not to let our guard down in the face of the virus. “Those most at risk are still the elderly and patients with comorbidities“, he assured. And although the occupation of intensive care beds, general hospitalization and emergencies continue to be, for the most part, due to non-covid pathologies, it is essential to promote self-care during this Holy Week. .
Here are some recommendations:
Don’t be a spreader
It should be noted that travel increases the risk of contracting and spreading covid-19. Staying home will always be the best option to protect yourself and others. However, if you decide to travel during this holy week, remember that you should never stop wearing your mask indoors.
Keep in mind that the virus can be in your body for several days and not show symptoms. It is essential that you and your loved ones have completed – at least – the vaccination schedule (two doses).
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According to Claudia Cuellar “The people most at risk remain the elderly and patients with comorbidities”it is therefore important that this age group receives the appropriate doses of vaccination before traveling.
The official also stressed that “we must be very vigilant, many people are going to be displaced nationally and it is important that we have the
very alert monitoring, that we are aware of conglomerates and that we are doing this active monitoring in this period.
It is important that if you are ill or have been close to someone with covid-19 in the last 14 days that you refrain from travelling. Also, do not travel with an infected person.
Biosecurity in means of transport
Keep in mind that airports and terminals are prone to increased infections as travelers are exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. Inside vehicles or airplanes, it is also difficult to maintain social distancing. The more exposure there is in closed environments, the greater the possibility of becoming infected.
Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights due to the way the air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, there are protocols established by each airline that must be followed carefully to avoid contagion.
Travel by private car
Inside the vehicle, you can stay without using the mask. However, when you need to get out of the car, keep your distance from other people and wash your hands or disinfect them with gel or alcohol.
– In closed and public spaces, it is imperative to use the mask and maintain social distancing.
– In bathrooms and rest areas, contact with surfaces should be avoided. You must wash your hands well or use a sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
– When refueling: Disinfect the surfaces of the car such as the handles and also the buttons if you go to a self-service at the service station. Disinfect your hands after the procedure is complete.
– Hotels and accommodation: make your reservation preferably online, check that minimum standards are met, such as the use of face masks in enclosed spaces and that there is a strict biosecurity protocol.
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– Stops to eat: choose well the place where you will enter, which has a biosecurity protocol, a distance between the tables and that the staff uses the mask correctly. Preferably choose the option to take away or to eat in the car.
– Anticipate your travel needs: Pack enough masks, handy sanitizer, and food in case you find full restaurants.
– If you are going to stay in private accommodation, always keep the place clean.
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