With the end of some stay-at-home orders across the country, many people are venturing out to see loved ones and friends, taking trips, and getting out of the house. But, the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over, so it’s as important as ever to stay healthy and safe during this time.

Medicare recipients – both seniors and those who receive benefits due to a qualifying disability – can be at higher risk for getting coronavirus and for experiencing serious complications. With age or a lowered immune system, we should all be taking precautions as we head out this summer.

Air Travel

Even though airlines are running some flights, if you decide to fly, you’ll need to take some measures to best protect yourself and everyone around you. A mask is likely required for air travel, but you can consider wearing gloves and using antibacterial wipes to clean all the spots on and around your seat you may touch. Make sure you include any touch screen, armrests and seatbelt buckles.

Road Trips

Taking a road trip can be fun and may seem a safer bet than air travel during the pandemic, but prepare carefully for your trip. Take antibacterial wipes, masks, and hand sanitizer for any stops you may have to make along the way. If you have to stay at hotels along your trip, call ahead to find out what measures the hotel is taking to protect their guests and their employees. Services may be reduced as outbreaks continue in different parts of the country. Make sure you are aware of any changes to hotel policies before you arrive.

Visiting Family and friends

You may be feeling comfortable, especially if you’ve been careful during the recent quarantine period, but your friends and family may not have been abiding by all the regulations and guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Have an honest conversation with loved ones you’ll be visiting. Discuss expectations and plans during your stay, and make sure you continue to wash your hands regularly to avoid spreading any potential illness.

If you start to feel sick or experience any symptoms of coronavirus while you are traveling, call your doctor as soon as possible. If you are out of state and have Original Medicare, you can visit any physician that accepts assignment.

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