I’ve posted quite a bit about Coronavirus, in part because I find it incredibly frustrating. I get the fear, I get the real life consequences, but I also believe humanity has lost rationality, and that the news isn’t making things any better. Coronavirus is cheap, easy, viral fear mongering.
Whenever I post my opinion – which is just that – I instantly trigger a “stick to travel a-hole” response, with the “you’re not a doctor or infectious disease expert” tagged on somewhere. Fair enough to the second half.
So today, I wanted to share something, I found very moving, from someone who is both a qualified doctor and noted infectious disease expert, who’s worked through many of the most dangerous and infectious outbreaks mankind has ever known.
I think it provides amazing perspective, particularly as looting begins, and necessities disappear from shelves worldwide with irrationality taking full form. Coronavirus is bad, absolutely, but the knock on consequences of humanities incorrect response could be far worse.
As I’ve shared before, Coronavirus is actually encouraging me to travel more this year. Prices are down, there’s availability to finally cash in some points, and the virus is already all over the cities where I find myself weekly. Many destinations on my list have far fewer cases than the places I find myself in daily.
Above all else, I will always do my best, travel or not, to just “golden rule” it.
Should you travel? Only you can make that risk assessment; I wouldn’t make any non refundable travel plans, but airlines are making it quite easy thanks to flexible policies designed to encourage bookings. I, personally, am much more worried about commuting with millions of sniffling people every day than sitting on a beach in the sun avoiding humanity entirely.
Thanks to my friend Doctor Fiona for sharing : )