CORONA VIRUS has been all over the news recently. People are still wondering either they should cancel or postpone their upcoming travel plans. Whether you are deciding to stay or go, you should always prioritize your safety. And how you can do that is by staying up-to-date on the latest news. The latest updated report is given here for all cases, recoveries and deaths.
Important points which you should be aware about
First, Understand What is CORONA VIRUS?
Coronavirus is nothing but a respiratory illness that spreads from person to person,also called COVID-19. The virus is called “SARs-CoV-2” and was first detected in Wuhan, China and since then has spread to 70 countries. The virus affects more to older people and those with preexisting medical problems like diabetes, heart diseases and blood pressure.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been over 3200 coronavirus-related deaths as of March 4, and Johns Hopkins University reports over 51,000 recoveries worldwide. On Tuesday, March 3, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the WHO, said the fatality rate is around 3.4 percent. While this rate is significantly lower than two other recent coronavirus epidemics – SARS, identified in 2003, has a fatality rate or 10%; MERS, identified in 2012, has a fatality rate of 35% – the transmission rate of COVID-19 is significantly higher, meaning more people are likely to get sick. The announced fatality rate also doesn’t take into account milder cases of those who don’t seek medical attention, so officials believe the rate will eventually turn out to be between 1 and 2 percent.
Where to Avoid Traveling?
Corona virus is spreading at a fast pace and has spread across six continents. The highest risk of exposure to the people of China or anyone who has traveled there recently.
To avoid infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends forgoing all non-essential travel to China as well as South Korea, Iran and Italy. More info – https://bit.ly/2uB0W19
Not that we know where you can avoid traveling, it is equally important to know who should avoid traveling? As per the reports, any elderly person or anyone with preexisting health issues should consider avoiding till the situation gets better. According to a study of 72,000 COVID-19 patients in China, the elderly and sick people were most susceptible to contracting severe cases of the coronavirus. The CDC says those with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes are at a higher risk of serious illnesses.
How to find the updated information on CORONA VIRUS?
It is always best for travelers to consult the websites of their intended destination for advisories and cancellations. The CDC regularly updates their site with health-related travel recommendations; the New York Times has an interactive map tracking the global spread of the outbreak. WHO is the best way of getting information regular updates/information on the status of Coronavirus cases around the world.
Finally, Should you cancel your travel plans?
With Corona virus problem around globe, it is advised to prioritize safety first and should cancel or postpone any trip if not urgent. If you have already booked your tickets to an affected area, check the cancellation policies with the airlines or with your travel agents. You can read about the Airlines Cancellation Fee on our blog.
Many airlines have already cancelled their flights to China, like United, Delta and American suspending travel to the region through the end of April. Also few airlines like American, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines have announced plans to waive cancellation fees due to the corona virus.
Right now the situation is really worse so any travel can include some risk of contracting COVID-19. Many countries have still not reported any case of Coronavirus. Although it is always advised to avoid high crowded areas like airports, train stations, markets, etc.
Basic protective measures against COVID-19
- Wash your hands frequently – Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub. Wash them with soap and water.
- Maintain social distancing – Maintain at least 1 metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth – Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practice respiratory hygiene – Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- Use mask n95 mask – Learn when and how to use the mask.
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care immediately – Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.