*** I’m still going to Germany in September for the Martial Arts Seminar if COVID-19 restrictions are lifed.
Although this virus has been deemed a “Pandemic”. A series of issues have caused countries and economies to be severely affected. I plan on traveling in a few months and am on the cusp of making travel plans. I feel that our Health Department and the Doctor that appeared at the Senate hearings on the virus, Fauci and another who said that “we are not set up for this” made me quite cross. It seems that the Chinese, and Koreans took aggressive steps and those areas in their countries that were severely affected dealt with the problem effectively. As for the official who said “we’re not set up for that” he should be fired and in the next instance a person who has tact and knows how to keep people calm in a crisis should be placed in his position.
We can mobilize massive response militarily anywhere in the world but “we’re not set up for this” a poor comment on our US government. For now here are some things to look out for if traveling and even just going to the market:
-Is COVID-19 spreading in the area where you’re going?
-If COVID-19 is spreading at your destination, but not where you live, you may be more likely to get infected if you travel there than if you stay home. If you have questions about your destination, you should check your destination’s local health department website for more information.
-Will you or your travel companion(s) be in close contact with others during your trip?
Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like coronavirus may increase in crowded settings, particularly closed-in settings with little air circulation. This may include settings such as conferences, public events (like concerts and sporting events), religious gatherings, public spaces (like movie theater’s and shopping malls), and public transportation (like buses, metro, trains).
-Are you or your travel companion(s) more likely to get severe illness if you get COVID-19?
People at higher risk for severe disease are older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes). CDC recommends that travelers at higher risk for COVID-19 complications avoid all cruise travel and nonessential air travel.
-Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you are told to stay home for 14 days for self-monitoring or if you get sick with COVID-19?
-If you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 during travel, you may be asked to stay home to self-monitor and avoid contact with others for up to 14 days after travel. If you become sick with COVID-19, you may be unable to go to work or school until you’re considered noninfectious. You will be asked to avoid contact with others (including being in public places) during this period of infectiousness.
-Do you live with someone who is older or has a serious, chronic medical condition?
If you get sick with COVID-19 upon your return from travel, your household contacts may be at risk of infection. Household contacts who are older adults or persons of any age with severe chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
-Is COVID-19 spreading where I live when I return from travel?
Consider the risk of passing COVID-19 to others during travel, particularly if you will be in close contact with people who are older adults or have severe chronic health condition These people are at higher risk of getting very sick. If your symptoms are mild or you don’t have a fever, you may not realize you are infectious.
So this issue has been handled so poorly there has been over reaction. It almost seems like a conspiracy to upset the economies and cause panic.
So take care and I’ll see you in Germany on May 23rd, 2020!