Covid-19 Update

Along with the spread of Covid-19, there has also been a wave of panic and fear. Some of the responses are legitimate – stocking up on some essentials in case you are quarantined; some are not so legitimate – stockpiling a year’s supply of toilet paper. Just as in the wider world, the traveling community is trying to find a balance between legitimate caution and over-reaction.

If you have a trip planned already, if you are hoping to travel over the summer or later in the year, or if you just want to stay informed, here are some links to help you keep on top of the current health warnings.

World Health Organisation
Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronovirus Updates 
CDC Travel Advisory Page
US Department of State 

To Travel or Not to Travel…
I can’t make a decision for you on whether you should or should not travel in the next few months, that is a personal decision based on your own level of risk tolerance, however, there are some things you can and should do if you choose to travel.Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for 20 seconds, about the length of singing the ABC song or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (at a normal pace – no cheating)

  • Carry hand sanitiser with you and use it often. Antibacterial wipes are also handy.
  • Avoid touching your face, this is hard for adults but even harder for kids. One trick that might help – hand sanitiser tastes awful so use it liberally.
  • Read your travel Insurance documents carefully; many policies exclude coverage of losses due to an epidemic but still provide coverage for non-epidemic related illnesses or injuries. Know what you are covered for before you go.
  • Contact your place of work to establish work-from-home proceedures in case quarantine policies change in your home state/country while you are travelling.

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