You Shouldn't Be Leaving Your House If You've Done This One Thing, CDC Says

Here's what to do to keep both yourself and others safe from the coronavirus, according to the CDC.

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For many people who've been stuck inside for weeks or even months, few things sound more appealing than taking a vacation. However, indulging that wanderlust with some overseas travel during the coronavirus pandemic could mean you've got a whole lot more quarantine to look forward to.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone who has recently returned from international travel—whether or not they've had any known coronavirus exposure—should stay indoors for 14 days after returning from their trip. In addition, they recommend twice-daily temperature checks; avoiding work, school, and public transportation; practicing social distancing; and monitoring for the onset of any symptoms.

"The two-week time table comes from how we understand the virus behaves," explains surgeon Robert Karsch, MD, of AICA Atlanta. "Symptoms can wait to show up for a number of days… you can [also] still be carrying the virus even after the worst symptoms go away."

However, even those whose trips have kept them closer to home would be wise to keep an eye on their health after returning home.

"Traveling anywhere puts you at the most risk," says Karsch. "You come into contact with more people than you normally would, therefore increasing your chances of catching the virus or spreading it."

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Luckily, there are plenty of ways to protect yourself without staying inside indefinitely.

Karsch recommends trying to maintain social distance whenever possible in public spaces, like airports and train stations, wearing a face mask, and washing your hands as often as possible, or using hand sanitizer when soap and water isn't available.

"You shouldn't live in fear, but practicing safety is in your best interest," says Karsch. And if you want to know how COVID-19 will change your next trip, check out these 7 Things You May Never See in Airports Ever Again.

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