While everyone is anxious to “get back to normal,” the reality is that the world is going to force a shift to “the new normal.” While camping holds less of a risk than say, sitting in a crowded restaurant or going to a concert, there are still inherent risks to leaving a place where you have been safely sheltering and moving to another area about which you are unsure.
The Center for Disease Control (cdc.gov) has a measured response for those who are inquiring about traveling with seven questions to explore. All are linked to sites that can give you the answers (for example, the question about whether Covid-19 is spreading where you want to go links to a map of the United States showing the total number of cases per 100,000 people and all sorts of other great information).
The first step would be truthfully answering these questions that are listed on the CDC website:
- Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going?
You can get infected while traveling.
- Is COVID-19 spreading in your community?
Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can spread COVID-19 to others while traveling.
- Will you or those you are traveling with be within 6 feet of others during or after your trip?
Being within 6 feet of others increases your chances of getting infected and infecting others.
- Are you or those you are traveling with more likely to get very ill from COVID-19?
Older adults and people of any age who have a serious underlying medical condition are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Do you live with someone who is more likely to get very ill from COVID-19?
If you get infected while traveling you can spread COVID-19 to loved ones when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms.
- Does the state or local government where you live or at your destination require you to stay home for 14 days after traveling?
Some state and local governments may require people who have recently traveled to stay home for 14 days.
- If you get sick with COVID-19, will you have to miss work or school?
People with COVID-19 disease need to stay home until they are no longer considered infectious.
The CDC also weighs in on the risks of RV travel with this statement: “You may have to stop less often for food or bathroom breaks, but RV travel typically means staying at RV parks overnight and getting gas and supplies at other public places. These stops may put you and those with you in the RV in close contact with others.”
There is also the fact that some campgrounds are not yet open. Checking with all the stops on your destination, if you decide to take a trip, is essential, as well as having a backup plan in case of a sudden change of plans.
The CDC website also recommends checking state or local health department websites and provides a link to a list of public health websites by state or territory.