There is an endless amount of information on the coronavirus out there right now and the recommendations and travel advisories related to coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, are updating frequently. As a travel agent, it can be hard to stay on top of the latest development as you’re trying to run your business and serve your clients. There are reliable sources you can turn to for information; here’s what they’re saying about coronavirus.
Science is your friend in situations like this and sources like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are frequently publishing up-to-date information on the coronavirus.
WHO has a page on their website dedicated to coronavirus updates, along with a page with FAQs, recommendations for protecting yourself and travel advice. Their advice for travelers is to avoid or delay traveling to affected areas if you are sick, especially if you are elderly or have a chronic disease or underlying health conditions. WHO recommends that if you are traveling, follow their general recommendations for personal hygiene and cough etiquette:
WHO also says that there is no evidence that a medical mask protects people who are not sick, and wearing a mask is not required if you are not having symptoms. If you do choose to wear a mask, WHO recommends following their recommendations for hand hygiene and cough etiquette as well.
CDC also has a page dedicated to coronavirus updates on their website, as well as a page with travel information that includes an interactive map showing risk assessment by country. CDC recommends cancelling nonessential travel only to the countries they’ve given a Warning Level 3. If you are worried about an upcoming trip for you or your clients, that page may have information to help guide you.
Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) is frequently releasing statements on the coronavirus. They announced additional enhanced screening measures that all of their members must follow.
Travel agency groups are also publishing advice to travelers amid concerns about traveling under the potential threat of coronavirus:
Because there is new information about the coronavirus coming every day, check your resources frequently to be up-to-date on travel providers’ cancellation policies as well as any government restrictions or updates.