26 Feb Is the Coronavirus stopping you from booking your vacation?
It’s in the news, you hear about it on the radio, waiting in the check out line…Coronavirus. We see folks wearing masks, obsessively applying hand sanitizer, avoiding going out. And now, the latest headline is, “CDC official warns Americans it’s not a question of if coronavirus will spread, but when.”
You may be asking (or not, here’s a refresher anyway), What does the CDC do again?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
It’s easy to understand getting anxious when the CDC releases statements like, “CDC is aggressively responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and preparing for the potential of community spread in the United States.” Note, this is in preparation for what could happen not what is happening in your neighborhood. This is what the CDC does, prepare.
Time To Lock The Door And Throw Away The Key?
So what do we do about it? Do we stop making plans? Taking trips to the market, to Italy? Do we…???
While we need to be prepared, we don’t need to lock ourselves away, blinds drawn, windows sealed. Most of the things that make us anxious are related to fear. One of the ways we can combat fear is to understand what we are afraid of. In this case, fortunately, we do have some information that can help us navigate and make informed decisions.
What is novel Coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not that same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. (CDC.gov)
Who is at risk?
Anyone can get a coronavirus infection, but young children are most likely to get infected. In the United States, infections are more common in the fall and winter. (CDC.gov)
How is the Coronavirus spread?
Human coronaviruses usually spread from an infected person to others through
- The air by coughing and sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
- Rarely, feces (poop)
How do you prevent Coronavirus?
Right now, there aren’t any vaccines to prevent human coronavirus infections. But you may able to reduce your risk of getting or spreading an infection by
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoiding touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that you frequently touch
- Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Then throw away the tissue and wash your hands.
- Staying home when sick (WHICH WE SHOULD ALWAYS DO ANYWAY!!!)
Where did the Coronavirus start?
For information on the spread of the Coronavirus read: What We Know About the Coronavirus, From Symptoms to Who Is At Risk
For additional FAQs and in-depth information on the Coronavirus visit CDC.gov.
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Unless there has been a specific travel ban for your chosen vacation destination you need to GOGOGO! No time like the present! Seize the day! Carpe diem! And here is the thing, protect your trip! For pennies on the dollar you can make sure that if you have to cancel because your sick, you can put that money back in your pocket for when you (or someone in your vacation party – UP TO 20 PEOPLE) are ready to go again.
Now, book that trip, get your trip protection, and don’t worry!