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Should the coronavirus affect your travel plans?

Well, we have been here before….whether a disease like SARS, terrorist acts, or whatever, people begin to question whether it is safe to travel.  With coronavirus in the news, the question is being asked again.

Although the disease is serious and we do not want to downplay its effects, we should point out that the flu…whcih we don’t often take seriously, is responsible for many cases of illness and death each year.  For example, in the U.S., with a population of 237 million, the Centers for Disease Control, estimates that up to 42.9 million people got sick during the 2018-2019 flu season, 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 died.  The percentages are similar in the U.K. and most other European countries.

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So, if you did not alter your travel plans due to concerns over the flu, we see no reason to alter them over the coronavirus….with certain exceptions, of course.  Travel to China would obviously be unwise….we don’t know the extent of the disease and when dealing with a Communist country you really cannot rely on getting the true facts.

Here is a bit more about the coronavirus and its effect on leisure travel from “the Points Guy” we think you will find interesting (external link, this tab will stay open).

We would love to hear your comments on the coronavirus and whether it has had any bearing on your travel plans for this year.

 

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