Is It Safe to Travel During Coronavirus?
You might have noticed a drastic change in traveling and which has even become a matter of concern. In the last few months, we have faced a lot of ups and downs which are even ongoing till this date.
Perhaps, this is because of Coronavirus which is even known as COVID-19. People all over the world are canceling their trips, reservations, and plans. The health officials have even warned to minimize contact with affected countries.
But do you have an international trip planned wherein the booking and reservations are already done? On the other hand, are you tempted by the very cheap fare of airplane tickets and which you do not want to miss? We do not judge you and if you want to travel for no matter whatsoever reasons, then how can you travel and hoe safely is it?
This blog is all about travel and coronavirus which is the most talk about topic everywhere. People around the globe are on deep thoughts about coronavirus outbreak which has recently been stated as PANDEMIC by World Health Organization. We will even discuss if your health insurance will cover you if you catch this disease abroad.
How Safe Is It to Travel?
It is hard to tell if it is risk-free to travel during coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19 is a new disease that human races are fighting against although the fatality rate is relatively low and you might return to your home even safe and healthy. But there are some aspects that you should consider before you pack your bags.
Medical History: people who have underlying sickness are prone to become seriously ill compared to those who are healthy. If you have medical history regarding respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension then it is better to rethink your itinerary once again.
Age: statistics have shown that elderly people (over 75) have been the victim of this coronavirus outbreak. On the other hand, 10 to 35 have shown fewer fatality rates. However, this does not mean that you are out of danger and free to travel. Coronavirus is highly contagious and it can still infect you regardless of your age and medical history.
The Destination You Will Visit: there have been around 876,000 cases reported on 1 April 1, 2020, of coronavirus worldwide. On the other hand, the numbers are on the rise from the beginning. However, if you travel to the countries that have the highest cases of coronavirus can increase the chances of you being affected by it. for instance, countries like China, Italy, Iran, Spain are some of the “hot zones”. But this does not mean that traveling to the countries that have reported fewer cases are completely safe.
According to the new measures taken to fight against coronavirus, you will have to go to self-quarantine for 14 days while you have returned from a high-risk country.
Will Travel Plans Be Affected By COVID-19?
Many counties have taken measures in keeping their citizens safe from the coronavirus. Some places have imposed banned entry or even visa exemptions. On the other hand, many countries have imposed lockdown. For instance, the entire country of Italy has been quarantined for the whole month of April. Moreover, your plans for traveling can be highly affected while the virus is still spreading.
There are a lot of things that are unknown about this virus and it can be stated that we are fighting against the unknown. Moreover, health officials are constantly warning everyone to cease the unessential travel plans to affected countries and avoid mass gatherings. On the other hand, it is been advised to stay at home as much as possible.
Will My Travel Health Insurance Aid Me?
To answer this question, you will have to consider two main factors: where you are traveling and when you purchased the plan. If you have come across travel health insurance, then you will be well aware of the fact that travel insurance is divided into two categories – health insurance and trip insurance.