The Safety of Hiking During This Global Pandemic
Global pandemic has caused many limits of access including to travel. For now, we cannot just go for a spontaneous travel and such. However, many are curious about going on a hike right now. Because hiking has destination that is usually free from crowds. So how safe is it to go on a hike right now?
Safe hiking with following important ground rules
Medical doctors said that hiking now is not off-limit. In fact, it can help mental and physical well-being. Engaging in some outdoor-activities that are considered safe now can be done such as hiking to the local trails near your home. However, it is important to follow ground rules to hike safely for you and others:
It is more recommended to hike alone rather than in groups. Or, you can also hike with someone whom you have been quarantined with. It is to ensure that you not make any contact with the people who have not been exposed to you and vice versa. If you hike solo but encounter another hikers, then make sure to stay six feet apart at all times. Social distancing even in quiet place like hiking trails still have to be practised. Also, always let the people at home know about your hiking plan to ensure your safety. Give them estimation of when you return.
Do not touch any surface you find throughout the trails. Even if you think it is impossible for rocks and trees to be exposed to the coronavirus, it best to refrain yourself from touching them. They might have been touched by others. You can also bring hand-sanitizer to avoid any disease transmission during your hike. If you tend to touch surfaces unconsciously, wear gloves so you can wash them immediately once you are back at home.
Bring your own bottled-water so you can avoid purchasing ones during hiking. Also, bringing water for hiking is necessary regardless of the situation with the pandemic because you need to stay hydrated. It helps maintain your immunity and the overall health. You can also bring some snacks if you think it will take longer for you to finish the trails and return.
Choose the trails wisely. Avoid choosing trails that requires you to touch or grasps something to maneuver. If it is unavoidable for you touch various things when hiking, make sure to use your hand-sanitizer regularly especially before you eat or drink. Be more careful not to touch your face after touching or grasping any surfaces.
Avoid hiking if you are feeling under the weather regardless if the symptoms are ones of covid-19 or not or just regular ills like catching cold. It is best to stay at home when you feel you are experiencing symptoms of getting ill. Instead, get proper rest and eat nutritious foods to help speed up your recovery. If you are experiencing symptoms that looks like covid-19, it is best to contact medical practitioner as soon as possible to get you checked on. So you can protect yourself and others.