COVID-19: The facts about the new Coronavirus and travel via a podcast and more articles

But still catsI’ve been told I’m one of the only people not writing clickbait it’s-time-to-panic or you-can-ignore-it-all articles about the new COVID-19 coronavirus that’s spreading around the world.

Because of my background as a policy executive in the Government of Canada (where I worked on issues like pandemic influenza and food safety), my COVID-19 writing has taken a measured approach, sharing COVID-19 information that is proven or based on the advice of experts. As the situation has grown more severe, my articles have too.

I spent much of 2020 writing COVID articles, and below are links to the some of the earlier ones. One day I’ll get around to adding all of the links here. You can find everything on my Publications page though. 

I’ve updated my original article for Fodor’s countless times now as the news keeps changing. Read it at The Latest: Should You Change Your Travel Plans Due to the Coronavirus?  If you’re curious about the previous versions, PDFs of each are on the Publications page.

For National Geographic, I was asked to interview several COVID experts and answer key questions on the mind of Americans looking at domestic travel in summer 2020: Is it safe to travel now? It depends. It was republished by Apple News, MSN (Is it safe to travel now? It depends) and MSN Australia (Is it safe to travel now? It depends).

I’ve also written, for Fodor’s:

Because of the first Fodor’s article, I was asked to do an interview with William Levinson for the Associated Press’ travel podcast called “Get Outta Here!”. The interview took place on March 2, 2020, and was released on March 3. At the time, most of the world thought COVID was spread by fomites (i.e. touching an infected object and then touching your face) but shortly after that understanding grew that COVID most easily spreads by breathing. That made my March 2 advice terribly out of date very quickly. But, if you want to hear those outdated thoughts on COVID-19 and travel:

I’ll have more to come. I’ll post links above as well as on the Publications page. You can always see my latest at the top of my Contently page:

Based on my research, my advice is to be #coronacareful:

  • do everything you can to “FlattenTheCurve to protect health care systems and people more vulnerable than you (e.g. older adults, people with underlying health conditions, people who live in poverty, refugees and migrants, developing countries ….);
  • stay home as much as you can (and I mean stay in your actual home, not just stay in your home city or country);
  • wear a face covering around other people you don’t live with;
  • practice physical (not social!) distancing by staying at least 1-2 meters from other people, and that includes stopping greetings like handshakes, elbow bumps, hugs, and kisses;
  • wash your hands; 
  • stop touching your face;
  • follow the procedures of your public health office if you have even the slightest of respiratory symptoms: isolate yourself from others and call your local health authority before you visit a doctor or emergency room, but also remember that we now know that COVID spreads easily by people who don’t yet have symptoms and by some who don’t have any symptoms at all;
  • don’t panic, minimize use of medical supplies if they’re in short supply, don’t hoard food and supplies, don’t be xenophobic, and thank and cheer on your local health care workers and others who provide essential services (we do this at 7 p.m. nightly in Vancouver from front porches and balconies).


10 responses to “COVID-19: The facts about the new Coronavirus and travel via a podcast and more articles

  1. Thanks for sharing this helpful post.


  2. Hey,
    Thanks for sharing these useful resources. I am gonna keep referring back to them. Looking forward to reading more of these awesome blogs :)

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  3. These are helpful links but much of the info. is somewhat dated now.


    • Yup, the COVID situation changes daily. While my Fodor’s editors have asked me to update my general and Europe articles on a more or less weekly basis, there’s not much a freelancer can do to update articles that are now owned by someone else.
      I’ll soon be able to add links here to a new e-book I’m writing with Fodors, a new Fodor’s article about hotels, and one I’m writing for National Geographic about COVID travel general. However, they’ll get out of date soon enough too. Let’s hope editors continue to commission stories from me so I can share more updated info.


  4. Thanks Joanne for all your sensible advice re Vivid 19. I have forwarded it to several friends who could benefit from this. I fly home next week via Eva Air and thinking positively that I will get there with no problem.

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