With increased international interest in travelers’ health, there is a demand to simplify and facilitate the travel health risk assessment.
TREB™ (1) is envisioned as a tool, which allows both travelers and health care professionals weigh the travel risk easily.
Please fill in the 6 fields below to estimate your travel health risk:1- Latif A, El-khatib K (2017) Health Risks of Business Travel: Innovation towards Travel Health Risk Management. Int J Pub Health Safe 2: 125. click here
2- Health Risk Score: Less than 40 low, 41-55 moderate and over 56 high.
TREB™ should be used only as a guidance; it is not a substitute for professional medical advice.
OTHER TYPES OF TRAVEL RISKS
In addition to health risks, there are a number of other safety issues that travelers should be aware of. These include accidents, natural disasters, and security risks.
Safety and Accident Risks
Accidents and natural disasters can happen anywhere, but they're more likely to occur in unfamiliar places. Here are some of the most common accident risks and natural disasters that travelers and tourists may face:
- Road accidents: Road accidents are the most common cause of death for travelers. Make sure you're familiar with the local traffic laws and drive defensively.
- Drowning: Drowning is a leading cause of death for tourists, especially in areas with strong currents or rip tides. Be careful when swimming in unfamiliar waters and always swim with a buddy.
- Animal attacks: Animals such as bears, sharks, and snakes can pose a threat to travelers, especially in areas where these animals are common. Be aware of the risks and take precautions to avoid encounters with wild animals.
- Earthquakes: Earthquakes can occur anywhere in the world, but they're more common in some areas than others. Be aware of the earthquake risk in the area you're traveling to and have a plan in case of an earthquake.
- Hurricanes: Hurricanes are a major threat to travelers in the Caribbean and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. Be aware of the hurricane season and have a plan in case a hurricane strikes.
- Flood: Floods can occur anywhere in the world, but they're more common in areas that are prone to flooding. Be aware of the flood risk in the area you're traveling to and have a plan in case of a flood.
- Wildfires: Wildfires can occur anywhere in the world, but they're more common in areas that are prone to wildfires. Be aware of the wildfire risk in the area you're traveling to and have a plan in case a wildfire occurs.
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Security and Criminal Risks
Tourists and travelers are often targeted by criminals because they are seen as being more vulnerable than locals. Some of the most common criminal risks that tourists and travelers may face include:
- Pickpocketing: Pickpockets are often very skilled at stealing wallets, purses, and other valuables from unsuspecting victims. Be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings close to you at all times.
- Robbery: Robbery is a more serious crime than pickpocketing and can involve violence. If you are robbed, do not resist and hand over your belongings.
- Scams: Scammers often target tourists and travelers by posing as legitimate businesses or individuals. Be wary of anyone who offers you a deal that seems too good to be true.
- Assault: Assault can range from verbal abuse to physical violence. If you are assaulted, try to get away from the attacker and call the police.
- Sexual assault: Sexual assault is a serious crime that can have a devastating impact on victims. If you are sexually assaulted, seek medical attention and report the crime to the police.
- Riots and Terrorism: Terrorism is a serious threat in some parts of the world. Be aware of the security situation in the area you're traveling to and take precautions to stay safe.
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