SHOULD YOU CANCEL YOUR TRAVEL PLANS BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS?
First, Understand What is Corona virus?
Corona virus is nothing but a respiratory illness that spreads from person to person,also called COVID-19. The virus is called “SARs-CoV-2” and was first detected in Wuhan, China and since then has spread to 70 countries. The virus affects more to older people and those with preexisting medical problems like diabetes, heart diseases and blood pressure.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been over 3200 Corona virus-related deaths as of March 4, and Johns Hopkins University reports over 51,000 recoveries worldwide. On Tuesday, March 3, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the WHO, said the fatality rate is around 3.4 percent. While this rate is significantly lower than two other recent coronavirus epidemics – SARS, identified in 2003, has a fatality rate or 10%; MERS, identified in 2012, has a fatality rate of 35% – the transmission rate of COVID-19 is significantly higher, meaning more people are likely to get sick. The announced fatality rate also doesn’t take into account milder cases of those who don’t seek medical attention, so officials believe the rate will eventually turn out to be between 1 and 2 percent.
Where to Avoid Traveling?
Coronavirus is spreading at a fast pace and has spread across six continents. The highest risk of exposure to the people of China or anyone who has traveled there recently.
To avoid infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends forgoing all non-essential travel to China as well as South Korea, Iran and Italy.
Finally, Should you cancel your travel plans?
With Coronavirus problem around globe, it is advised to prioritize safety first and should cancel or postpone any trip if not urgent. If you have already booked your tickets to an affected area, check the cancellation policies with the airlines or with your travel agents. You can read about the Airlines Cancellation Fee on our blog.
Many airlines have already cancelled their flights to China, like United, Delta and American suspending travel to the region through the end of April. Also few airlines like American, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines have announced plans to waive cancellation fees due to the coronavirus.
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