WASHINGTON, DC – To say that the coronavirus pandemic disrupted our lives is an understatement if there ever was one, and the current respite – albeit potentially short-lived – is a welcome glimpse of a return to normalcy. For example, in the good old days of a virus-free world many of us would be planning summer vacations right about now. It’s a nice idea but It begs the question: is it safe?
In the same article, Harvard epidemiologist Dr. William Hanage suggested that if you are considering booking a vacation this year, “Book something you can cancel. Then react when your trip is closer. Remember, it’s not only about the chance of being infected, but also the chance of restrictions being implemented wherever you are vacationing. It wouldn’t be fun quarantining for a substantial portion of your stay.”
Another piece of advice is offered by Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]: make sure your insurance is up to date. “In addition to making sure that your health insurance will cover you no matter where you travel in the US and abroad, you might want to purchase travel insurance. It may also be wise to look into purchasing a travel assistance plan as well. There is a difference. Travel insurance covers monetary losses that you may incur while traveling. Travel assistance plans help pay for things such as an emergency medical evacuation and travel arrangements, a nurse escort, a traveling companion and other emergency costs you might encounter if you get sick or hurt while traveling. It can even provide emergency cash advances.”
AMAC’s Weber also stresses that it is above all the items on your travel check list that you are vaccinated against the covid virus and, of course, that you consult with your healthcare provider. He or she will tell you whether it is a good idea, health wise, to go where you are planning to go and how you are planning to get there. At the least it will give you peace of mind and help ensure a very bon voyage.
As for the status of the pandemic, the master of the malaprop, Yogi Berra, once said “it ain’t over until it’s over.”