Role of travel, precautions in Covid-19 era

Role of travel, precautions in Covid-19 era



Updated 2 days ago ·
Published on 2 Jul 2020 6:00PM ·





IN the last seven months, the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on Malaysia and the rest of the world.

Some of the industries most affected are travel and tourism. However, as we have entered the recovery movement-control order phase, there are certain positive signs under way.

With interstate travel now permitted, we are also seeing Malaysians do their part by supporting domestic tourism with “cuti-cuti Malaysia” holidays.

This is a good sign for the economy but health and safety must be prioritised.

The two important areas that we have to look into to prevent a Covid-19 infection is first, keeping our immune system strong with the right lifestyle measures and second, avoiding a viral load by the right preventive measures, namely social distancing, hand washing and hygienic practices and mask when necessary.

Now that the government is in talks to open up the borders, it’s important that the different stakeholders in the travel and hospitality industry balance the need for business while ensuring more controlled numbers and taking all the necessary precautions.

The other important thing is getting the information from the right sources. For the Covid-19 pandemic, the Health Ministry and World Health Organisation are the right agencies to get our information.

Getting information from the wrong sources can lead to more anxiety and fear. The same goes for the travel and tourism industry.

As more people get ready to travel again, among the best sources of information include global protocols from the World Travel and Tourism Council and Airbnb, which just launched its enhanced clean programme, which is endorsed by the Malaysian Medical Association.

These guidelines take into account necessary measures that need to be taken to prevent any infection. We do not want a second wave to occur here as it did in some parts of China and South Korea.

In conclusion, I believe all the stakeholders involved, whether hotels or short-term accommodation will do their best to be responsible and take the necessary precautions. – July 2, 2020.

* Dr Rajbans Singh is president, Malaysian Wellness Society.

* This is the opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insight.


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