With the world navigating the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we at Premium Travellers are better placed to advise all travelers throughout this challenging period. The 2020 Coronavirus has been a moving target, especially when it comes to travel. Nobody knows how long it will continue, the areas it will hit next, when the curve will start to ease off, or when traveling might return to something like normal. Interestingly, even once a decrease occurs, top American scientists, tackling the disease, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is spearheading the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said he expects COVID-19 to reappear in a second wave in the October-November period.
What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Coronavirus is the virus causing the disease Coronavirus disease 2019 and was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.
How Does COVID-19 Spread
The virus causing is alleged to have emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people that are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has a virus on it then touching their mouth, nose or possibly their eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. The virus causing COVID-19 is spreading easily and sustainably between individuals, and the current information suggests that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious.
What are the Symptoms of COVID-19
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of
- shortness of breath
Some severe complications of COVID-19 include pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure, and in extreme cases, death.
The Main COVID-19 Travel Dilemmas to Consider
Travelers face significant risks and dilemmas as they plan their travel.
- Getting sick: this is the most apparent dilemma. Indeed, either you catch the disease before leaving home or while traveling, the disease poses severe implications on the patient. The fatality is small but real. The older adults and those individuals with existing medical problems seem to be at higher risk than the general population. As a result, hotels and airlines are changing their requirements about the cleaning process during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Getting Quarantined: If you need to travel, most certainly, you face the possibility of immediate quarantine of up to 14 days. If you are lucky, you could be ordered to self-quarantine at home. However, this could place you in a strange city.
- Canceling traveling plans: Changing travel requirements because of COVID-19 could pose massive loss to the traveler as the Airlines and hotels are bound to impose significant cancellation penalties. However, many hotels and airlines are currently allowing customers more flexibility in changing plans than they usually do.
How I can Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
As previously highlighted, COVID-19 is spread from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected individual speaks, coughs, or sneezes at close range. The CDC has warned that a person can become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19, with the best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often. There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms. The WHO recommends the following:
- Washing hands regularly with an alcohol-based sanitize or with soap and water.
- Maintaining social distance of at least 1 metre (3 feet) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wearing masks.
- Seeking medical care immediately you show the signs of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Dashboard by the John Hopkins University.