More than 3,000 victims have also lost their lives over the past few months. As the virus continues to spread globally, many people have put their travel plans on hold until the outbreak dies down. IF you are wondering whether to cancel that upcoming spring break trip with your family, or ladies’ weekend away, make sure you first understand the full extent of what you are dealing with in terms of the spread of this disease.
Consumers aren’t the only ones who have had to change their plans. The U.S. government announced and the situation remains fluid. China, Italy, South Korea, and Iran are among the countries under close watch. Since the new warnings have taken effect, cruise lines and airlines have also canceled trips to avoid certain routes.
Where Did the Coronavirus Come From?
The coronavirus originally started in Wuhan, China (the capital of the Hubei province). While the public began to find out about it last year, The World Health Organization established an official name for it in February: COVID-19.
The tragic effects of this outbreak have prompted officials to intensify their efforts to contain it. Numerous media outlets have reported that the city of Wuhan is currently under quarantine. Multiple cruises have also been quarantined upon their return to the United States from international countries.
Just a few days ago, President Donald Trump announced that travelers from high-risk countries will have to undergo additional screening when they arrive in the states. Additionally, schools are closing down and more states are declaring a state of emergency. Needless to say, the coronavirus is nothing to play with.
Symptoms of The Coronavirus
When a person catches the coronavirus, they may generally experience flu-like symptoms and feverish conditions. The symptoms could range from dry coughing and shortness of breath, to general malaise and a sore throat.
How to Protect Yourself
First things first: hold off on traveling right now if you can avoid it. While it’s frustrating to have to cancel trip plans at the last minute, your safety is more important. Airlines, hotels, and cruise lines are also aware of how serious this virus is.
If you’ve made any reservations for the near future, you might be able to postpone your reservations to a later date (or cancel them). Given the inconvenience that the virus has caused, most travel vendors are extremely accommodating during this time.
Going Out of Town?
If you must travel during this time, make sure that you take the proper precautions to safeguard your health. One of the best preventative measures you can take is to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands several times a day, take antibacterial wipes (or hand sanitizer) with you wherever you go.
Also, keep commonly-touched surfaces clean. Sanitize airplane tray tables, seat belt buckles, the surface areas and remote control in your hotel room, or other items that many people have touched before you. You may even want to wear gloves in the airport and traveling on planes.
Evaluate the Hypothetical Risk
One of the other critical risk factors you may want to evaluate is what you would do if you got stuck wherever you are travelling. This may seem a little far-fetched, but so did a worldwide panic over a new virus until it happened. There is a possibility of flights being cancelled or getting stuck in a city, so ask yourself if that is something you could handle if it happened.
Johnaé De Felicis is a writer, travel planner, and natural living advocate from Southern California. She covers a variety of topics that are relevant to the travel, wellness, and women's lifestyle space.