USA Travelers, Is Coronavirus Hindering Your Travel Plans? 7 Critical Coronavirus Travel Concerns Every US Traveler Is Asking
When I first got word of the Coronavirus (CoV), I was immediately concerned about my upcoming trips. I had a tentative trip scheduled to the Guang Dong region of China and Hong Kong to visit some of the manufacturers that produce some of my CHRISTI TASKER MIAMI collection. News reports and US government press releases and information begs the critical travel concerns and questions we should all be asking ourselves.
The minute I heard of the respiratory virus, I immediately thought of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Going down either of those paths or possibly being quarantined was not an experience I want to blog about or endure. Just because my pink traveling poodle was quarantined for the first time last year, does not mean I want 2020 to be my year of quarantine. One quarantine in a lifetime is more than enough for me.
In my research for my Cornonavirus travel concerns, I asked myself lots of questions to determine which upcoming trips I should proceed with or change bookings on. I thought my list of Coronavirus travel concerns questions and my research based on factual answers may be helpful to some of my American friends. Throughout this blog post, you’ll find questions I asked myself and the answers I learned about Coronavirus and how I have altered my upcoming travels. Plus, I’ll update you as to what each country is warning on the ground as I travel to Manila, Philippines, Tokyo, Japan, and other Asian areas. Simply because of the warnings found in this post, I will be trying to prevent a China stamp in my passport.
1. What is this new virus called “Coronavirus”?
The novel Coronavirus (nCoV) is a new virus strain that has not previously been identified in humans. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the coronaviruses are zoonotic.
What does that “zoonotic” mean? In short, it means coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in both humans and animals. Some of the zoonotic viruses infect people with symptoms that vary and are similar to the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
Do you see why I have Coronavirus travel concerns? Do you?
2. Where did the Coronavirus start, and how?
You are not alone in that question….it was the first question I asked. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats, which still roam in city streets in China. Honestly, I could see some of my friends who would want to domesticate this beautiful cat. Please do refrain, if the investigations are legit, this magnificent cat could be the carrier of the virus. They love to spread seeds in the wild, according to South China Travel & Leisure writer Martin Williams who is also the photographer of this beautiful civet cat. Click here to read Martin’s 2018 report of seeing the cats in Chinese cities.
Yes, even these beautifully tasseled out camels (well, not necessarily these camels) have been linked to carrying deadly viruses.
3. How Dangerous is Coronavirus?
Every sickness and disease can affect everyone differently. Coronavirus is severe for some people, and it can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties. On RARE occasions, coronavirus disease can be fatal. As with all other diseases, older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease are the most vulnerable.
4. What Are The Signs Of Coronavirus?
Yep! That’s the BIGGIE! Common signs can start as a typical cold. The coronavirus infection can lead to respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, the virus can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and in some cases, death.
5. How To Stop Spreading Coronavirus?
Disease prevention includes standard recommendations such as regular hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking all meat and eggs. Of course, we should all avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing. Well, there goes half of the people at the airport!
6. Should I Cancel My Travel Plans Because of Coronavirus?
If you’re like me, Coronavirus travel concerns are REAL. As a small business owner, I’m all I’ve got so I have a lot of traveling to do for three of my companies. Should I cancel my travel plans because of the Coronavirus is the BIGGEST question of all. I have a wedding to attend in the Philippines, plus I have my Goddaughter’s Christening. Hopefully, both of those things only happen once in a lifetime. Do I dare disappoint my Filipino friends? Should I cancel my travel plan because of the Coronavirus?
Considering my grandfather worked in our US State Department’s all of the world, I listen when they speak. 🙂 Here is what I decided after reading the US State Department website travel advisory for China:
a – I would not consider taking a flight into or with a layover in mainland China or Hong Kong. While the State Dept. website states airlines are restricted and warns Americans living in China to stock up on food and supplies, State Dept. staff were evacuated. (Hint. Hint: Stay in Miami Christi) Believe it or not, there are still a lot of flights going into China with layovers in Wuhan. No matter how much the Chinese government blames President Trump for the Coronavirus hype, I do believe there is a reason for the hype, yet we should all make our own personal judgments.
b – I would not consider taking a Chinese or foreign operated airline. As a matter of fact, I am considering taking a flight from Miami to the Philippines, but I will only fly American Airlines or an American owned & governed airline. Believe it or not, I learned a harsh lesson when my dog was quarantined when I flew to Scotland last April on Virgin Atlantic.
Seriously…the struggle is REAL…Coronavirus travel concerns are all too real.
7. Where can I receive the latest and most factual information on the Coronavirus or any other disease or illness?
Great question! When it comes to diseases, always refer to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website. With social media, misinformation can spread like wildfire. The CDC will have the most accurate and up to date real-time information. News sources from around the globe rely on reports and information from the CDC. You don’t have to wait on a new reference to report on the diseases. Anyone can receive CDC press briefings or alerts in full – click here. Often the information can be a lot to take in, and many news outlets such as the Miami Herald do an excellent job answering the public’s questions based on their research just like I’ve included here on my travel blog.
Hopefully, this list of Q&A has helped put your Coronavirus travel concerns at ease. What are you considering with your upcoming travels? How will Coronavirus hinder your travels? Please comment below. Have I missed anything that you considered?
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