|Perhaps a fitting symbol for worldwide sadness about Ebola|
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If you already travel saavy, you know about - and hopefully practice - road warrior street smarts: wash your hands (frequently, with soap), wipe down surfaces, carry sanitizer (but don't overuse it), drink plenty of sealed bottled water, get plenty of sleep and enjoy your journey.
Weighing in on the subject, is Robert L. Quigley, MD, D.Phil, Regional Medical Director and Vice President of Medical Assistance, Americas Region, International SOS. In his piece, Ebola Outbreak Spreads Across Three Countries: What Do Travelers Need to Know? for @HuffPostTravel, Quigley advises, "For travelers, it means staying away from affected areas, and avoiding contact with people who are sick as well as practicing strict attention to hygiene."
Unless you are travelling to one of the Ebola hot zones in Africa (it's a big continent), then these actions will serve you well. Of course, pay attention to travel advisories for your destination, and check for updates periodically. Common sense will get you further than panic.
DON'T be alarmed if you see overt health screening in an airport. Rather, see this as the authorities taking the necessary measures to protect everyone.
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And if you do feel yourself starting to get run down, take it as a sign to take time out - get a decent place to stay, curl up with a book, eat well and rest. Then hit the road again. Your immune system will thank you.
In her piece for @Forbes, Ebola, Erupting Volcanoes, Terrorism: Travel Tips For Scary Times, author Lea Lane brings much needed perspective, "The bottom line is to keep traveling: using your head, trusting your gut, controlling as much as you can — and realizing that you can’t control everything."
We couldn't agree more.
"Travel should continue and be an exciting adventure. With the right precautions in place, it should also be a safe endeavor," says Quigley.
- What the Ebola Outbreak Means for Travelers - Travel+Leisure
- Ebola Outbreak: Know the Facts Before You Travel
- Isis and Ebola in Europe: Am I still safe to travel this half-term?
- Why The Ebola Outbreak Shouldn’t Keep You From Traveling in Africa
- Ebola and Why I Am Still Travelling to West Africa
- Overseas Travel Medical Considerations - advice from IHateTaxis