The effects of coronavirus on travelling and its rapid spread all over the world are nothing short of a complete chaos.
More and more travelers now choose to just stay at the comforts of their own home because of the fear of being exposed to this new coronavirus that has already spread across 79 countries ever since the later part of December. To make things worse, it has already claimed over 3,000 lives and infected over 100,000 people all over the world.
Originally detected in Wuhan, China, the virus that doesn’t have a vaccine just yet has caused worries around the globe. Governments closed borders with affected countries. Travelers that come from outbreak areas are barred entry or subjected to lengthy quarantines. It is in spite of the advice from the World Health Organization against these travel restrictions.
In the middle of all these disruptions, companies called off major conferences while international sport bodies canceled, relocated, or postponed key tournaments.
Meanwhile, international airlines continue to stop flights in areas that were hit hard by the virus, such as China, Italy, South Korea, and Iran.
Is It Time to Postpone or Cancel Your Trips?
Public health professionals say that it depends. The WHO recommends elderly travelers and people with underlying health problems avoid or delay travel to places with ongoing transmission of coronavirus. This is because the device can cause death in people with chronic illnesses and those who are 65 years old and above.
Other Factors to Consider
Should you go on with your travel, even in areas that don’t have major cases, it is best that you think of your personal risk factors as well as the quality of the healthcare system available in your destination in the event that you get sick.
Another factor you need to remember is the possibility of being caught up in quarantine once an outbreak takes place.
It is important for travelers to consider the possibility of getting stuck somewhere for a long period of time and it is something they should be prepared for.
Travelers might have fewer reasons for them to venture far from their homes since most of the tourist attractions are closed for now and most of the major events have been put off.
Healthcare experts also ask tourists to give cruise journeys within or to Asia another thought since passengers are at higher risks of contracting the virus.
One more factor to keep in mind is that flight plans might also experience disruptions since other passengers have opted not to travel. Even places with no major outbreaks saw a surge of no-shows and cancellations by passengers, and airlines decided to halt flights that disrupted tens of thousands of their passengers.
The spread of the coronavirus is not an issue that should be taken lightly. While there might be a lot of travel plans that can get disrupted, it is best to remember that your safety and health should always be your top priority. At this point, it would be a wiser choice to just stay home.