What you need to know about the coronavirus and travel

Bayon close-up 750x562. Photo by Johanna Read TravelEater.net

Everyone’s talking about the new coronavirus, and the rumours are spreading even faster than the disease. My editor at Fodor’s reached out to ask me to write a piece on what travellers need to know about the new virus: Should you change your travel plans due to the coronavirus? I’ve updated it with new info twice already, and a new update will be published the week of February 17.

Every once in a while my former life as a Government of Canada policy executive and my travel writing life link together for a brief moment, and I can write pieces like this. I knew there was a reason I worked on the pandemic influenza file for a while! (Free advice: get your flu shot).

What’s the bottom line with the coronavirus? The average person, even the avergae traveler, has a low risk of contracting the new cornoavirus. Stay healthy by washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth (the parts shown in the photo from Bayon temple, Cambodia). Read my article for more details on the latest.

 

5 responses to “What you need to know about the coronavirus and travel

  1. We are heading to Southern India in two weeks. Do we need to take any precautions?

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    • Just the precautions outlined in my article. I’ll be in northern India later in February. As of today, Feb 2, I’m not planning on doing anything differently other than washing my hands even more frequently (and for the full 20 seconds) and being careful not to touch my face.

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