This past week, I have had to navigate several conversations with my clients about the Coronavirus and how that is impacting their travel plans. While I am by no means an expert or in the medical profession, my first priority is always the safety and health of my clients. Having a trusted travel advisor to help you make a game plan and a decision is part of the reason you should be utilizing an advisor whenever you travel. Here is what I have been telling my clients, hopefully it will help you as well.
The Coronavirus is certainly not fake news, or something made up by a political party. It should absolutely be taken seriously, but the media can take something like this and sensationalize it to the point of promoting fear that is not based on actual facts or reality. That is why I am recommending all of my clients go directly to the CDC, WHO and the state department for the most up to date and accurate facts on the situation.
I am a firm believer that all travelers should purchase travel insurance for any trip they go on. Unfortunately, this type of epidemic/pandemic is typically not covered by travel insurance as it is under the “force majeure” clauses of their travel plans. Does this mean you should not purchase insurance? Absolutely not! There are several other instances that travel insurance does cover that are actually more likely to happen to you then getting the coronavirus, i.e. flight cancellations/delays, loss of luggage, other sickness or an unexpected medical emergency.
Please don’t go on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram to get your news. Your friend from elementary school’s mother’s cousin posting an article she read from a blog written by a conspiracy theorists is not accurate information that will help in this situation. Go directly to the experts (the websites I have listed above) and really look and analyze the facts and figures they are reporting. Make sure you are looking at the facts, and taking the necessary measures that you normally would to protect your health. While buying a ton of face masks seems like a good idea, it actually is not helpful in preventing illness and causes shortages on a product that medical professionals need a lot more than just the normal healthy person walking down the street. Wash your hands, cough into your elbow, don’t touch your face, and take vitamins and supplements to help boost your immune system.
If you do have travel plans and have booked them with a travel advisor, bring them into the conversation. We are there to make sure you are as well informed as possible and can help you make a game plan. That plan doesn’t have to just be cancel or postpone, we are here to talk you through all of your options so you can make the best decision possible for you and your health.