We are all too aware of the current outbreak of COVID-19 and its potential impact. During this time of heightened awareness and in depth news coverage, it is vital that we understand the reality of the situation. We are still in the early stages of the outbreak and details are developing daily. The news media, while informative, will always focus on shock value to grab attention, clicks, and headlines. In this respect, they tend to focus on negative aspects in any situation while underreporting the positive news. As of this writing, there are over 84,000 cases worldwide. Mainland China is home to 94% of all confirmed cases (nearly 79,000). 44% of global cases have already recovered. We encourage those travelling this year or planning to travel to stay up to date on the current Canadian travel advisories and to consume news media with a critical mind.
Please rest assured knowing that we are working hard to ensure that our journeys will provide a safe and healthy adventure.
While looking forward to the state of travel returning to normal in the near future, you should always prepare yourself for a safe and worry-free vacation.
We highly recommend that all travellers follow these best travel practices:
• Practice healthy travel habits - According to the World Health Organization, the BC Centre for Disease Control and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the simplest and most effective way to prevent illness, is to take extra care and practice basic health habits, including:
· Washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
· Take and use personal hand sanitizer wherever possible
· Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing using a tissue or your bent elbow. Always dispose of the used tissue and wash your hands afterwards.
· Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands
· Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
• Purchase travel protection - Be sure that you are properly covered with travel insurance, to protect you from any losses stemming from unforeseeable circumstances during your vacation.
• Pack 14 days of extra medication - In the event of unexpected travel delays and emergencies, please bring additional prescription medication for at least two weeks beyond the length of your journey. Also, bring a list of the names, strengths and dosages of all medications in case refills are required.
• Provide emergency contact info - It is critical that each traveller provides a validated emergency contact and phone number at time of booking. The emergency contact should not be traveling with you. This emergency contact should be another personal connection.
• Mobile phone instructions - If you carry a cell phone overseas, you should consider enabling an international travel plan inclusive of voice and data. Cell phones will not work the same in all countries without an international plan and Wi-Fi is not as readily available in many countries as at home. An international plan will enable you to stay connected at a reasonable rate and ensure that you can be contacted.
For a realistic view of the statistics on COVID-19, including the total recovered from the virus CLICK HERE to view live updates from Johns Hopkins University.
The outbreak of COVID-19 is a fluid situation that changes on a daily basis. Please ensure you are obtaining updates from a reputable source.
Some content courtesy of Princess Cruises