Should you change travel plans due to coronavirus? – WBAL TV Baltimore

February 17, 2020




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Should you change travel plans due to coronavirus?

The coronavirus is impacting many people’s future decisions relating to travel.|| Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information on coronavirus ||For people who decided to proceed with their trip, what measures can they take to ensure a healthy trip?Travel experts said for people who have a trip scheduled to the southeast region, the best thing they can do is stay informed and do some research. Additionally, travelers should take health precautions no matter where they’re going.Major cruise lines, like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Holland America and Viking have advisories and policies in place regarding the coronavirus.Travel agencies said they have cancellations to China and more. Others, like Jay Ellenby, the president of Safe Harbors Business Travel, have seen many changes involving the coronavirus, including a decrease in international bookings, which is a significant part of his company’s business.”There have been some companies who have completely banned travel to China, and there have been pother companies that have postponed on a monthly basis to see what the conditions are as we move forward,” Ellenby said.Ellenby said businesses should understand what the rules are on refundable and non-refundable travel when making decisions to postpone or cancel.As for the leisure traveler, Ellenby said, “On the leisure-side insurance, watch out because some insurances don’t cover such incidences, so you have to be careful to make sure. The biggest thing is to stay informed.”Doctors say no matter where one travels, there are some precautions everyone should take to ensure good health. First, people who are susceptible to getting sick easily are not recommended to travel to areas where the coronavirus is active.”Mortality from the flu and coronavirus is extremely dangerous for extremes of age — the very young and the very old. So if you are (in those subsets), I would strongly avoid going to countries in which there is a more pronounced outbreak,” said Dr. Neil Roy, chief of emergency medicine at Sinai Hospital.No matter where you travel, you can’t wash your hands enough. Keep hand sanitizer readily available, as well as wipes. Try not to touch surfaces before touching your eyes or nose, which is how germs can travel fast if you’ve come in to contact with infected droplets.”In general, washing hands and not touching your face and wearing masks if someone is around someone who is sick are all good precautions to take into consideration,” Roy said.China is reporting more than 70,000 cases of the deadly virus in Asia, including more than 1,700 deaths. The director general of the World Health Organization said 694 cases and three deaths have been reported outside of Asia.Reported SymptomsAccording to the Maryland Health Department, commonly reported symptoms of coronavirus infection include:FeverCoughShortness of breathPneumoniaWhile the exact incubation period for this coronavirus has not yet been determined, it is believed that most infected people will develop symptoms two to 14 days after being exposed, the Health Department said.PreventionThere is no vaccine available for coronavirus. In general, people can protect themselves and others against respiratory viruses by taking the following precautions:Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing.Avoid close contact with people who are sick.If you are sick, stay home from work or school.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.Practice good health habits.It’s not too late to get the flu shot! While the influenza vaccine does not protect against coronavirus infection, it can help keep you healthy during the flu season.

The coronavirus is impacting many people’s future decisions relating to travel.

|| Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information on coronavirus ||

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For people who decided to proceed with their trip, what measures can they take to ensure a healthy trip?

Travel experts said for people who have a trip scheduled to the southeast region, the best thing they can do is stay informed and do some research. Additionally, travelers should take health precautions no matter where they’re going.

Major cruise lines, like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Holland America and Viking have advisories and policies in place regarding the coronavirus.

Travel agencies said they have cancellations to China and more. Others, like Jay Ellenby, the president of Safe Harbors Business Travel, have seen many changes involving the coronavirus, including a decrease in international bookings, which is a significant part of his company’s business.

“There have been some companies who have completely banned travel to China, and there have been pother companies that have postponed on a monthly basis to see what the conditions are as we move forward,” Ellenby said.

Ellenby said businesses should understand what the rules are on refundable and non-refundable travel when making decisions to postpone or cancel.

As for the leisure traveler, Ellenby said, “On the leisure-side insurance, watch out because some insurances don’t cover such incidences, so you have to be careful to make sure. The biggest thing is to stay informed.”

Doctors say no matter where one travels, there are some precautions everyone should take to ensure good health. First, people who are susceptible to getting sick easily are not recommended to travel to areas where the coronavirus is active.

“Mortality from the flu and coronavirus is extremely dangerous for extremes of age — the very young and the very old. So if you are (in those subsets), I would strongly avoid going to countries in which there is a more pronounced outbreak,” said Dr. Neil Roy, chief of emergency medicine at Sinai Hospital.

No matter where you travel, you can’t wash your hands enough. Keep hand sanitizer readily available, as well as wipes. Try not to touch surfaces before touching your eyes or nose, which is how germs can travel fast if you’ve come in to contact with infected droplets.

“In general, washing hands and not touching your face and wearing masks if someone is around someone who is sick are all good precautions to take into consideration,” Roy said.

China is reporting more than 70,000 cases of the deadly virus in Asia, including more than 1,700 deaths. The director general of the World Health Organization said 694 cases and three deaths have been reported outside of Asia.

Reported Symptoms

According to the Maryland Health Department, commonly reported symptoms of coronavirus infection include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pneumonia

While the exact incubation period for this coronavirus has not yet been determined, it is believed that most infected people will develop symptoms two to 14 days after being exposed, the Health Department said.

Prevention

There is no vaccine available for coronavirus. In general, people can protect themselves and others against respiratory viruses by taking the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home from work or school.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice good health habits.

It’s not too late to get the flu shot! While the influenza vaccine does not protect against coronavirus infection, it can help keep you healthy during the flu season.