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How to travel in the U.S. during the Covid-19 pandemic

Covid-19 cases are still rising, and hospitals are incredibly busy supporting sick patients, suffering from covid or other winter-related illnesses.

There are still travel restrictions in many states and it’s important that you check before you travel out of state, either by car or public transport.

Stay protected against Covid-19

Whether you’re travelling in or out of state you must always remember to:

  • Wear a mask
  • Stay at least 6-feet apart
  • Avoid crowds
  • Wash your hands often
Before you travel

Travel restrictions and guidance is in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Before you travel, you should consider the following:

  • Do you, someone in your household or someone you’re planning on visiting have an increased risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19?
  • Are cases high in your area or the area you’re travelling to? You can stay up to date with Covid-19 cases in your state or other states by visiting the CDC website here.
  • Are hospitals in your area or the area you’re travelling to overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients?
  • Does your state or the state you’re travelling to currently have travel restrictions or bans in place? You can check that via the CDC website here.
  • Have you had your flu shot?
  • Get a viral test 1-3 days before your trip. When you return, you should take another viral test 3-5 days after your trip and reduce any non-essential activities for 7 days after returning. You can read more about booking a viral test here.

For many frontline healthcare workers, travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic will be essential so here are some tips to stay safe whilst travelling for work:

  • When in public, always wear a mask and try to stay at least 6 feet away from anyone
  • If you use a bathroom or rest stop, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Use disinfectant wipes on handles and buttons at the gas pump before you touch them. If not, wear disposable gloves.
  • If you need to stop for food on your journey, the safest options are to use a drive-through, take out or curbside pick up.
  • If you need to use overnight accommodation whilst travelling for work on when on assignment, please read the CDC’s guidance on travelling.

If you’d prefer to stay in New York for your next assignment, we have lots of roles available. Please check out our latest roles here or call us on 646-779-7960.


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