The coronavirus, also known as COVID – 19 keeps us all on our toes at the moment and the travel industry, especially the cruise industry, is often sadly making the headlines.
But, I still believe we should not give up travelling. For me at least, going on holiday is one of the highlights of my year.
Escaping routine, learning new things, relaxing and not having to worry about anything (normally). Basically escaping everyday life!
Of course, there are certain countries and regions that I personally would avoid for now. However, not all countries and regions are blacklisted and there is always domestic travel if you are currently not feeling comfortable leaving your own country.
Remember, there are plenty of great sights close to home that are waiting to be discovered.
COVID – 19 is another form of coronavirus that can cause harm to both humans and animals. Coronaviruses can cause respiratory infections from a common cold to more serious infections such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).
So, what makes this COVID – 19 different from the other types of coronaviruses that we experience almost every year, or have experienced in the past?
COVID – 19 is a new form of coronavirus that has not previously been identified. Also, it seems to spread more easily and seems harder to contain than other forms of coronaviruses that made the headlines in the past such as SARS.
According to the WHO (2020), COVID – 19 can be seriously harmful to the elderly as well as people with pre – existing medical conditions, for instance high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes.
On the other hand, the virus may cause mild infections for children and young adults. Around 1 in every 5 people who get the virus need hospital care. Still, this does not mean that the virus is detrimental for everyone.
What are your thoughts on this?
Have you booked a holiday and are thinking about cancelling it or are you still planning on going?
World Health Organisation (2020) Q&A. Available at: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses (Accessed: 08.03.2020)