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AAA's Tips To Help Travelers Avoid Illness

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The CornonaVirus continues to grab headlines across the U.S. as the second death is reported.  But AAA Michigan says folks should not forget about the flu.  They’re offering travel tips, some that are common but bear repeating.  Plus, they have a warning about another dangerous travel condition.

Concerns about Coronavirus or COVID-19 continues to rise…   But AAA Michigan says not to forget about the flu.  So far this season, the CDC or Centers for Disease Control estimates there have been at least 26 million flu illnesses, 250-thousand hospitalizations and 14-thousand deaths from the flu.  The CDC and AAA offer these tips for travelers.

“Do not travel if you have flu like symptoms.  These symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache and fatigue.  Lastly, stay advised of travel alerts.”

Woodland says they also advise washing hands or using hand sanitizer.

After your trip, Woodland says you should also monitor your health for 7 days. If you become ill with flu like symptoms, you should possibly seek medical attention.  Woodland says there’s another health hazard not linked to coronoavirus or the flu that can really impact travel.  It’s a potentially deadly condition that can strike year-round.

“People who are immobile for four hours or more might be susceptible to Venous Thromboembolism (VTE). This is a condition where a blood clot forms in a deep vein (usually the leg) and travels to the lungs and blocks blood supply in your lungs, so it’s a very, very serious condition.”

Woodland says some of the symptoms include pain or tenderness in the legs, or discoloration of the skin where the blood clot is located.  Chest pain and light headedness can also be symptoms.  For more information on healthy travel tips you can go to AAA.com