You can travel safely with common sense precautions. The biggest impact the virus has on travel are borders and quarantines. Many countries have closed their borders completely and only people with special permissions are allowed to cross borders.
Chances to get the virus from another person in Asia are now statistically lower as in most European countries or the USA. The hot weather and humidity additionally works against the spread of the disease, because all kinds of influenza related viruses generally prefer a cold climate.
With the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus media reports have created panic and uncertainty among travelers. Independent institutions like the CDC or WHO give clear information about the actual situation. We strongly recommend reading information from non-profit organizations and not the yellow journalism. Raise awareness without increasing fear. Please keep in mind that a high number of cases have been cured already and patients left the hospitals fully recovered. Don’t be afraid. The risk of having a road accident is significantly higher than catching a flu. The head of the German Health Institute in Frankfurt said the flu itself is far worse. COVID-19 has a very light impact on healthy people and it is comparable to a common cold.
The rate of new cases in China is starting to flatten while there are some new global hot-spots.
How does the virus spread:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet / 2 meter) for a prolonged period of time.
- Via coughs or sneezes.
- It spread very rarely from contact with infected surfaces or objects. In general there is a very low risk of spread from touching surfaces.
For confirmed cases reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include Fever, Cough and Shortness of breath.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Everyday preventive actions help to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your nose and mouth. A mask can help with this.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue into the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Follow recommendations for using a face mask. Face masks can help to prevent that you touch your own nose or mouth.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with alcohol.
At 12Go, we are very sure that this virus will not be spread through us.
- Our employees are checked on a daily basis for symptoms.
- We provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer in our offices to staff, visitors and customers.
- All our own vehicles are disinfected after every single trip.
- Our partners mostly report similar measures.