Coronavirus facts and impact on travel



What is the difference between coronavirus and COVID-19?

the coronavirus disease that causes a lot of troubles in March 2020 and affects travel and not only, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, also called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

Basically, coronavirus is the common name given to the COVID-19‌ disease - both terms mean the same thing.

The best way to prevent yourself from contracting the virus is to stay at home, wash your hands correctly and regularly, use hand sanitizer‌ or sanitizer wipes‌ before and after touching products, cough in your elbow, and you can also wear a surgical mask‌ to help preventing virus transmission - basic cleanliness measures that should be taken any time.

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Can I travel during coronavirus outbreak? How to cancel my flight?

Most airlines are offering to rebook your flight without having to pay a fine, but only the eventual fare difference. The best is to check with them directly.

If you must cancel your trip, and have a good sanitary reason, such as contracting the coronavirus, make sure your credit card for travel insurance‌ covers such medical cancelation.

If the airline cancelled flight‌ you are then eligible for compensation, by using a flight canceled‌ the same way as a flight delay compensation‌ in case your included travel insurance‌ does not cover it.

The best during this period is however to change your travel plans accordingly, and stay home if possible.

Do not forget to check your government travel recommandations, and destination country travel restrictions, as some countries are imposing quarantines or even ban from entrance for travelers from specific countries in which many coronavirus cases‌ have been diagnosed.

Travel restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak

There are currently many countries restricting travels, especially for visitors coming from countries in which many coronavirus cases‌ have been diagnosed, such as China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, France, Germany, and more.

If you really have to travel and cannot cancel your trip, make sure before leaving the you are still allowed to enter the country you are visiting. Some countries might refuse your entrance, put you in quarantine, or require a medical certificate.

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Coronavirus travel prevention

The best travel prevention for virus such as coronavirus is to get travel hand sanitizer‌ with you and use it before touching food or products and use sanitizer wipes‌ on products such as phone.

You can also wear a surgical mask‌ while going outside to prevent transmission especially during your travel.

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Coronavirus seriousness of symptoms


The majority of infections are mild, like flu, and 80.9% of cases should simply stay at home.

The remaining 20% of cases need an hospitalization.

Coronavirus facts and impact on travel : Coronavirus seriousness of symptoms
Coronavirus seriousness of symptoms  

Coronavirus recovery percentage

The majority of people that have contracted coronavirus recovered already, and 40% of them are still currently ill.

Coronavirus facts and impact on travel : Coronavirus recovery percentage
Coronavirus recovery percentage  

Coronavirus who's at risk

The persons most at risk from the coronavirus are those aged 60 years and more. Data comes from the first wave of infections in Wuhan, China, where lung health is poor and smoking rates are high.

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Coronavirus who's at risk  

Which existing conditions are most at risk

The persons with existing conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory, high blood pressure, or cancer are more at risk.

Coronavirus facts and impact on travel : Which existing conditions are most at risk
Which existing conditions are most at risk  

Coronavirus how contagious is it

It is not exactly known yet how contagious is coronavirus, but the transmission rate is between 1.5 and 3.5.

Coronavirus facts and impact on travel : Coronavirus how contagious is it
Coronavirus how contagious is it  

Coronavirus fatality rate by country

The fatality rate by country differs a lot per country, mostly depending on local infrastructures.

Coronavirus facts and impact on travel : Coronavirus fatality rate by country
Coronavirus fatality rate by country  

Diseases deaths per day worldwide

The COVID-19‌ diseases currently has a death rate between yellow fever‌ and leishmaniasis. It is not yet more dangerous than rabies, measles, meningitis, or over diseases that are actually already to be cautious about when traveling abroad.

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Diseases deaths per day worldwide  

Coronavirus mentions in the media

Despite actually not being so dangerous compared to other existing diseases and viruses, the coronavirus has in March 2020 a lot of media mentions, more than 1 billion, while for example the SARS only have 56 millions mentions.

Coronavirus facts and impact on travel : Coronavirus mentions in the media
Coronavirus mentions in the media  
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  Coronavirus (Covid-19) — New England Journal of Medicine
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Yoann
About the author - Yoann
I am Yoann, a 34y.o. French man, passionate about travel. With 5+ years on the road, 55+ countries visited on all continents, 650+ flights, 1000+ hotel nights, and a year long world tour, all self organized, travelling is a way of life. I have created this site to share my experience, and get you the best information and deals.
 




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