Updated: Mar 4
The Coronavirus also known as Covid-19 has the world on edge right now and with all the recent cases around the world it's no wonder travelers are a little uneasy about taking that trip they have been planning. Don't cancel your vacation just yet. If you use caution you can still take your vacation and have a great time.
First, let's go over some of what we know so far about the virus.
The CDC has reported more than 2500 deaths and over 80,000 cases as a result of the virus around the world. The fatality rate is around 1-2 percent. Most of the death cases have been of the elderly or people with diseases, low immune systems and illnesses.
It originated in Wuhan, China and has quickly reached over 25 countries. According to WHO (The World Health Organization), the major areas of new cases are being confirmed outside of China.
What is the Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family group of viruses ranging from the common cold to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Coronaviruses are Zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between people and animals.
(Resources,World Health Organization(WHO)https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus)
How is it spread?
Person to Person
Through close contact (within 6 feet)
Respiratory droplets (such as a sneeze or cough)
It is possible that it can also be spread on surfaces or objects that have been touched by the contagious individual
Transmitted between person and animal
NOTE: It can be contagious before symptoms appear
What are the symptoms?
The main symptoms of the virus are Cough, Fever and Shortness of Breath. Symptoms can appear 2-14 days of contracting the virus.
How to protect yourself when traveling?
The best practice is HAND WASHING . Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
Hand Sanitizer- when you cannot use soap and water use hand sanitizer. When traveling it's best to keep a bottle on you at all times to frequently use
Avoid contact with sick people
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Stay away from livestock and farm animals
Talk to your physician before traveling about your risk
Use a N95 Respirator mask. Paper masks are not as good when protecting against illnesses and virus'. When traveling by plane you are in close proximity to many people, the N95 mask can help prevent the spread of virus' and diseases. This is what hospitals use and you can purchase them online
Clean all areas you may touch with disinfectant wipes,including on the airplane and in hotel rooms
Only eat meat and seafood that is thoroughly cooked
When traveling, let's talk about the destinations you should not visit. The CDC has reported the list of places on high alert notices rated by levels. Before traveling keep a watch on new alerts and advisories at CDC.gov and travel.state.gov. Below are the CDC's travel alert notices to date.
Level 4 Do Not Travel - China
Level 3 Avoid Non-Essential Travel - Italy,South Korea,Hong Kong,Iran,Taiwan
Level 2 Practice Enhanced Cautions - Japan
Level 1 Practice Usual Cautions - All countries not listed in other levels
After you return home
Once you return home from your trip the CDC advises keeping watch on your health for 14 days. Avoid contact with other people and animals until the 14 day period is up.
What if you get sick in the 14 day period
If you are sick or have any symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath during the 14 day waiting period contact your physician or local Emergency Department. Avoid going to the Emergency Department, call first and explain your symptoms. This can help prevent the spread if you in fact have the Coronavirus.
Avoid contact with people and animals until you are cleared by your physician that you do not have the virus.
Travel Insurance And Canceling Your Trip
What if you have to cancel your trip because of the Coronavirus?
In the event you have to cancel , you may want to consider getting a "cancel for any reason" policy along with your travel insurance. Adding this to your policy will be more expensive but it will also cover most of your trip cost in the event you need to cancel.
Nerdwallet breaks down the different types of travel insurance policies and what they will cover.
If you have booked a tour through a tour company talked to them about their cancellation policies for the Coronavirus. Most companies will let you change the tour date to a different date in the event it is cancelled.
Thank you for checking out our BLOG. I hope we provided you with some useful information. Enjoy your next trip and remember wash your hands:)