Coronavirus (COVID-19): The New Travel Conundrum

Coronavirus, more specifically COVID-19, is the topic on everyone’s minds today. And, not just in health-talk circles, but in schools, the workplace, on social media, and yes, in the travel industry. Offering world-class service and putting our guests first has always been something that is core to our business.  And we wanted to pass along as much information as we could regarding this virus, knowing that facts and truths may ease your concerns. Keep in mind that at the time of this message, the only travel mandates we are seeing from officials pertain to cruise ships and international travel.

The Public Health Agency of Canada and the CDC of the United States have been conscientious in updating the public regarding this global virus outbreak, but nonetheless, fears mount as many folks must travel for business and others want to travel for leisure. As spring break and summer vacations approach, education seems to be the cornerstone for protecting yourself and your family, keeping in mind that healthy individuals are typically able to rebound from coronavirus, as well as the flu, colds and other illnesses.

Opportunity to Travel and SAVE

While much of the information widely available discusses the impact the virus has had on international travel and air travel, the industry is seeing an increase in families packing up the vehicle and heading out to destinations that they can drive to.   With limited exposure to large, confined crowds, the ability to prepare your own meals, and access to your own vehicle for activities and sightseeing, many people are adjusting their travel plans to include those favorite destinations that are within driving distance of home base.  

And for those that are considering air travel, we’ve seen many carriers slash fares and provide some big savings due to the dip in demand.  In addition, we’ve heard that some local companies are offering discounted rates on dining, activities, and such. 

Key Points to Ponder

While there are varying opinions on what started this, most professionals agree that precautionary measures are a person’s best defense. Follow the Government of Canada for daily updates on COVID-19 and take some common-sense approaches to wellness to help stay healthy. Many of these practices are things you should already be doing on a regular basis.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Discontinue the practice of shaking hands and perhaps opt to wave or elbow bump for a greeting.
  • Keep tissues on hand to cover coughs and/or sneezes, discarding following use.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth and nose.
  • Routinely disinfect items touched regularly (countertops, bathroom surfaces, personal cell phone, etc.).

Also, remember these important facts that have been stressed by the CDC.

  • With regard to COVID-19, reported illnesses vary greatly between mild and severe. Some people have had little to no reported symptoms while others have been severe. Currently, information gathered suggests that MOST COVID-19 illness is mild (only 16% of cases have serious illness).
  • Older people and those with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, to name a few, seem to be at a higher risk for serious illness.
  • The immediate risk of being exposed to the virus currently is thought to be low for the majority of folks.
  • The United States has not seen widespread circulation of COVID-19 in most communities at this time.

With no domestic travel restrictions at this time, plan that vacation and enjoy some time in your happy place, putting into practice these CDC-recommended tips for better health and wellness.

Again, this is an evolving situation. As you travel, take additional daily medications and over-the-counter meds you might need in case of a travel delay, and rely on CDC updates and Public Health Agency updates to stay well and safe.   Maybe it’s time for a relaxing getaway from all of the hustle and bustle!  We hope to see you soon! 

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