Tips for Safe Travel and Returning Home
As the end of semester approaches, UTC is focused on sending students and employees home safely.
Check out these before, during and after tips.
- Are you a student who lives on campus? Make sure you’re up-to-date on the fall check out process.
- Consider getting COVID-19 tested before leaving campus—free testing is available on campus until Tuesday, Nov. 17.
- Get a flu vaccination as soon as possible.
- Know the regulations for your travel destination–whether they’re needed travel forms, restrictions or testing requirements.
- Minimize risk of exposure and infection before leaving campus. Reduce the number of people you’re in close contact with for at least 14 days before departure.
- Any exposures could disrupt plans to go home or travel and possibly require isolation or quarantine first. Travelers who are ill, infected or exposed to the virus will not be allowed to board airplanes and trains.
- Delay travel if you’re sick, recently diagnosed with COVID-19 (within 10 days) or exposed to someone with COVID-19 (within 14 days). Follow guidance from your health care provider on when travel can be resumed.
- Reduce the number of stops on your trip. Take a direct flight, if possible. If driving, pack food and snacks for the trip. Stay at least six feet from other people. If you can’t stay six feet from others on public transportation, sit as far away from other passengers as possible. Carry and use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) frequently.
- Use a disinfecting/sanitizing wipe to clean any touchable surfaces in the vehicle in which you are traveling. This includes planes, trains and other forms of transportation.
- Re-check for requirements or restrictions at your travel destination.
- Private travel alone or with your family is the least-risky option. If you’re in a car with others outside the household, wear a mask and sit in the back seat if someone else is driving. If weather conditions permit, open the windows.
Follow your local public health guidance and CDC guidelines for celebrating holidays with family and friends.
Once home, consider quarantining for the first 14 days after arrival, especially if vulnerable, higher-risk people live there and/or there is high COVID-19 prevalence in the community surrounding campus prior to your departure.
Quarantining at home includes eating meals alone or outdoors with others at least 6 feet away
- Use separate serving ware, utensils, glasses and plates.
- Use a bathroom separate from others. If not possible, disinfect the bathroom after each use.
- Avoid physical contact including hugging, kissing and shaking hands.
- Wear a mask and stay at least six feet from others.
- Restrict movement inside and outside the house.
- If quarantine is not possible, stay physically distant from family household members, wear a face covering and avoid close contact including hugging and shaking hands, for the first 14 days home.
Medical and mental health and wellbeing while at home
- Reach out for help or guidance from your primary care provider, psychologist/mental health clinician or college health or counseling center if you are sad, anxious, hopeless or if you feel emotional distress of any kind.
- Consult your primary care provider at home if you develop any possible symptoms of COVID-19.
- Get a flu vaccine if you haven’t already done so.
Consult the following CDC websites for additional information on travel and on safer ways to celebrate holidays with family and friends: