This week we are talking about the Coronavirus, also now known as COVID-19. We have loaded this blog post with links to all the resources you are looking for. IN ONE PLACE!
Have you noticed? It is all over the news! People getting sick, elderly dying, weakend and suppressed immune systems at risk. Flashing headlines that grab your attention and perhaps strike fear in even the strongest of people who run from drama. Is this for real? What does this mean for me? What about our trip? Do I cancel?
With all of the fear being perpetuated by the media, it is getting harder and harder, and more confusing even to get accurate information. In any event, or epidemic, the most important thing we can do is research and be well informed by the source.
Thanks to our wonderful media online and on all the broadcast Airwaves, we are quick to presume that “what you see is what you get” and resort to trusting whatever source it is that we are reading or listening to at the moment.
It is our recommendation at Palmer Preferred Travel, that you start at the very beginning. Pay little or no attention to the fear-filled, clickbait posts in social media and those dramatic newsreels, designed to pull you in to a specific Broadcast Network so they can keep their ratings up!
As in any situation, you must do what is best for you. Absolutely, follow the recommended regimen for keeping germs at bay. Wash your hands and sing the alphabet, or whatever song strikes your fancy, and is of the appropriate time length (20-30 seconds). Keep sanitizing wipes or gel with you, and ALWAYS COVER YOUR COUGH! Germs are spread most frequently by sneezing and coughing and resist putting your fingers in your mouth or eyes as germs transfer from hand to face.
With regards to your travel, we always recommend Travel Insurance. Cancel For Any Reason is always your best bet and can give you peace of mind when the rest of the world is in panic! Check with your Travel Advisor as to the specifics. The rules and regulations for when and how to purchase travel insurance are constantly being updated and changed with regards to the Coronavirus. It is important not to hesitate, “Should I purchase now or hope for the best?” Delaying your decision to purchase could be the difference in even getting coverage at all!
If you are wondering about travel arrangements that you have already purchased, check with your travel agent or specific airline and destination providers. We know of a few updates but all are subject to change as the situation changes. Here are some links. Click the image below to view their policies for COVID-19.
And finally, as of the time of this post, the CDC is recommending that anyone over the age of 60 or with weakened health to be prepared. Have 30 days supply of food and medications and keep contact with others at a minimum or isolate yourself for your own health.
No one will take care of you like you will.
Please share with your friends and family.
Click here to see more info from CDC if you are higher risk.