What other recommendations do you have to help prepare and make situations like this easier in the future.

Dr. Anzaldua: 

  • Best thing to do is to be prepared, especially if you have serious medical conditions. Research the area that you will be traveling to. A good idea is to check the CDC website, especially if you are planning to visit areas with current high rate coronavirus transmision, and underdeveloped or impoverished countries where healthcare facilities may not be readily accessible. There are many travellers with significant medical conditions, especially those with cardiac, respiratory, cancer and immunity problems.  Check with your doctor to make sure that you are fit for travel and to see if you will need to take any extra precautions, including vaccinations.
  • Next thing is to check on your healthcare insurance to see if you are covered abroad. If not, you may need to purchase separate medical insurance that covers you for foreign travel. Investigate the healthcare system of the places you will be traveling to. Take note of local hospitals, emergency rooms, and clinics.
  • A very common mistake is forgetting to pack your prescription medications! Make sure that you have packed all your prescriptions to ensure that you will have enough medications available while away, as these medications may not be available overseas. All prescription bottles should be properly labelled. It’s also a good idea to write down a list of all your medical conditions, all your medications and any allergies that you have, and the names and telephone numbers of all your healthcare providers. Along with your medications, it’s a good idea to pack over-the-counter medications (as long as they are not contraindicated for you) for motion sickness, cough, allergies, diarrhea, and analgesics such as ibuprofen (Motrin®) and/or acetaminophen (Tylenol®).


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1. Is it safe to travel during the pandemic?
2. Is it possible to find out if COVID-19 is spreading at my final destination?
3. What precautions should I take when traveling?
4. Is the air inside airplanes safe?
5. Other than the usual traveling articles and medications, is there anything else I should pack to prepare for traveling?
6. Are there any special vaccinations or travel medications I should take?
7. Is there a problem if I made airline reservations way in advance and prior to the pandemic?
8. I will be traveling to an area where the altitude is much higher than what I am used to. Should I be concerned or take any precautions?
9. Can long distance air travel effect my health?
10. If you’re losing sleep due to traveling (red eye or unusual-hour flights), what negative health effects can this have on my health?
11. Can the stress of travel (packing, planning, getting to the airport on time, passing through security etc) have negative health effects on your body or immunity system?
12. Can changing temperatures or weather climates from destination to destination effect the immune system or body?
13. Are there any other factors involved with travel that you can think of that can weaken the immune system?
14. What are your thoughts on how easy it is to get sick when traveling and what are some ways to avoid catching something?
15. What other recommendations do you have to help prepare and make situations like this easier in the future.
16. List a few points on what to do if you do get sick.
17. Some common travel illnesses are motion sickness, food poisoning, cough/cold and sunburn. Could you briefly describe some of these symptoms and how it can be treated?
18. Any additional suggestions?