Since the Coronavirus surfaced in late December, everyone has been on edge. More than 87,000 people have been infected and nearly 3,000 people have died. During this outbreak, it’s expected to wonder how your travel plans will be affected in the long run. Here is everything you need to know if you are traveling during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus was first discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The World Health Organization announced on Feb. 12 that the official name for the specific strain of coronavirus is Covid-19.
“Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats, and bats,” according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The doctor who first discovered this strain of coronavirus and alerted authorities, Li Wenliang, died at age 34 of the disease on Feb. 7. Which has caused quite an uproar.
The first symptoms are a lot like the flu. You will get a cough, fever, and other flu-like symptoms. Coronavirus is a lower respiratory virus. When complications of the virus occur, patients could develop pneumonia or kidney-related issues, which could lead to death.
I cannot stress this enough, wash your hands regularly. The way that you prevent illnesses is the way you should carry on with protecting yourself from the coronavirus. In this instance, you should be A LOT more aware of preventing becoming ill. Cover your mouth and your nose when you sneeze or cough. Finally, avoid people that appear to be ill and are coughing/sneezing. When you cook, thoroughly prepare your meals.
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China: The overwhelming majority of coronavirus cases are within mainland China, with over 78,000 cases confirmed and 2,747 have died.
South Korea: South Korea has had the biggest outbreak outside of China with 2,337 cases according to Reuters.
United States: Six people in the United States have died, four of whom passed away most recently at a Washington state nursing home, according to The Associated Press.
Europe: Italy has confirmed 1,000 cases and 29 deaths.
United Kingdom: The United Kingdom has 19 confirmed cases and one confirmed death.
Brazil: In what is Latin America’s first case of coronavirus, a man traveling home from Italy to Brazil has been diagnosed, according to Brazil’s health ministry, per CBS News.
How are airlines responding?
Airlines are responding by canceling flights from and to mainland China. Knowing that this is a huge inconvenience to many, airlines are waiving fees associated with changing flights. Airlines have been reducing flights, if not completely suspending them until the virus has been contained.
Airlines are continuing to monitor the outbreak, and flight schedules could change according to demand or safety precautions. Flight crew associated with the airlines have been recommended to wear masks to limit the spread of the virus and to protect employees. Some airways are taking extra precautions by spraying each flight with disinfectant spray before and after each flight.
How Are Cruiselines Responding?
Cruise Lines International Association, whose members include many international cruise lines, said in a statement that its members “have suspended crew movements from mainland China and will deny boarding to any individual, whether guest or crew, who has traveled from or through mainland China within the previous 14 days.” For future cruise plans to China, the managing editor of Cruise Critic recently told T+L, “It’s best to contact your cruise line or travel advisor directly with any questions or concerns. All cruise lines that have canceled cruises are offering affected guests the option to receive a full refund.”
Earlier this week, the U.S. State Department issued a level 4 — its highest level — warning, notifying Americans that they should not travel to China. To feel secure about any upcoming travel plans, communicate with your hotel and airline directly, and monitor updates and alerts for the current information in your destination.
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