Chances are, you’ve read the headlines and seen a LOT of social media posts, and you might be overwhelmed right now with the amount of information (and misinformation) regarding coronavirus – or COVID-19.
If you’re planning to travel to the USA, Canada, Central or South America soon, you well may be concerned about what this will mean for your travel plans.
We’ve pulled together some FAQs and advice, to help you feel safer and more confident about how travel will look for you in the next few months, and if you are travelling, how to do so as safely as possible.
What do we know about COVID-19?
At the time of writing, there have been just over 128,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 – over half of which have already recovered.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a cough, fever and shortness of breath. Most cases of coronavirus, around 80-90%, appear to be mild, with those who are elderly and with underlying health conditions most at risk of showing more severe and/or life-threatening symptoms.
It’s understandable that you’ll want to monitor the news on this outbreak. With the spread of misinformation across traditional and social media channels, it’s best to turn to official channels for advice – we recommend the World Health Organisation website and your local government and health websites.
Should I travel during the COVID-19 outbreak?
Currently, government advisory boards are generally advising against all, or all but essential travel to destinations where coronavirus has spread widely. However, individual countries, including the USA, may be temporarily restricting inbound travel from certain destinations.
Our best advice is to monitor Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) guidance, or your local equivalent, regularly to inform your travel decisions in the coming weeks.
If I do decide to travel, what safety precautions should I take?
If you’re going ahead with your travel plans, you may still be concerned about the prospect of getting sick during your trip. Here’s what you can do to keep yourself safer.
- Washing your hands regularly with soap and water.
- Covering your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or tissue. Dispose of used tissues immediately.
- Follow good food hygiene protocols.
If you do fall ill during your travels, notify your tour leader (if you’re travelling with us) and ensure you seek medical help immediately. If you exhibit any symptoms upon return, follow advice from your country’s health service, as you may need to self-isolate to avoid spreading the virus to others, particularly those who are more vulnerable.
At Grand American Adventures, we work closely with our local partners and leaders to be aware of symptoms and protective measures.
Will my Grand American Adventures tour be cancelled?
With the fast-moving nature of the situation, it’s hard to give a firm answer to this question – which we know can be frustrating. Our team are currently working their hardest to ensure all Trekkers are kept up to date with any disruptions COVID-19 may cause to their trip. If your trip unfortunately does need to be cancelled, we’ll be in touch to discuss options for rebooking your trip.
The wellbeing and safety of our customers is always our most prominent concern, and this will be at the forefront of any decisions we make.
We’d like to wish all of our customers safe and healthy travels and will continue to update our website with the latest information as we receive it.
You can follow our COVID-19 updates here.