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1. Posted by GZP (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hi!
I'll be glad if you answer some actual questions. Would appreciate your feedback, thoughts, ideas, and recommendations
1) Are you worried about the spread of coronavirus?
2) Do you plan (or did you plan) to travel this year?
3) If it is not a secret, where are you going to go (planned to go)
4) Has the spread of coronavirus influenced/limited/changed your plans in any way?
5) What are your main motivations/criteria for choosing this year's travel destination?
6) When choosing a travel destination, is it important to you that no cases of coronavirus have been observed there (in this country)?
7) What are your recommendations for where to go this year?

2. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1447 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

1 yes but only in a general way
2 No specific plans yet except going to my grandson's college graduation in Oklahoma
3 I would also like to take a cruise to Canada if I can find someone to go with me and I want to go to the Galapagos in December but I think I will have to put that off until March because my son and DIL can't go until then.
4 Not really because I haven't had any desire to go to the Orient
5 I want to see my grandson's graduation. Other than that I want to go to places which I've always wanted to see like Maritime Canada, Galapagos, Iceland and Oregon
6 Maybe- for myself because I am old and have compromised lungs - not in general
7 Depends on where you are from and what you want to see. I don't make recommendations without some information about the person who wants to travel.

3. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 864 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I already have a Japan and Taiwan trip planned for next month. We already canncelled HK because of the riots so it looks like it was a fortuitous cancelling. We decided we will go ahead with our trip. It doesn't look as if Japan is going to have a major problem and so far Taiwan's rate has remained pretty stable and if at worst we have to drop Taiwan it is only a small portion of our trip.

4. Posted by irenevt (Travel Guru 19 posts) 1w 2 Star this if you like it!

I live in Hong Kong and I'm there at the moment. In many ways I feel the effects of the virus are being overstated. However, I would not recommend visiting here at the moment. Everyone is wearing masks. There is a shortage of these and every time they go on sale, huge queues form. People are avoiding going out. Schools are closed, libraries are closed. Most government buildings are closed. There are shortages of certain things, mainly brought about by panic buying. Things it is hard to get include: facemasks, hand gel, disinfectant, rice, toilet paper. There is an air of fear and anxiety. There are also fewer places we can go to as several airlines won't fly here at all any more or reduced their number of flights. I was also here during SARS. It was also very unpleasant.

5. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 864 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting irenevt

I live in Hong Kong and I'm there at the moment. In many ways I feel the effects of the virus are being overstated. However, I would not recommend visiting here at the moment. Everyone is wearing masks. There is a shortage of these and every time they go on sale, huge queues form. People are avoiding going out. Schools are closed, libraries are closed. Most government buildings are closed. There are shortages of certain things, mainly brought about by panic buying. Things it is hard to get include: facemasks, hand gel, disinfectant, rice, toilet paper. There is an air of fear and anxiety. There are also fewer places we can go to as several airlines won't fly here at all any more or reduced their number of flights. I was also here during SARS. It was also very unpleasant.

Wow:( I'm sorry to hear that, hopefully when the virus dies down things will turn around. I would love to visit Hong Kong one day, so fingers crossed for the future

6. Posted by Vic_IV (Respected Member 50 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Here is my humble contributiion to the poll:

1) Are you worried about the spread of coronavirus? – Yes, I follow the latest news every day.
2) Do you plan to travel this year? – Of course, I do, but not to China. We are planning to explore our country a bit more.
3) If it is not a secret, where are you going to go – A spa in our region (Luhansk region in the east of Ukraine).
4) Has the spread of coronavirus influenced/limited/changed your plans in any way? – I wouldn’t say so. We planned our trip without worrying about that virus.
5) What are your main motivations/criteria for choosing this year's travel destination? – It is easy to reach, affordable and not far from our home.
6) When choosing a travel destination, is it important to you that no cases of coronavirus have been observed there (in this country)? – Certainly it is. We would obstain from any trips to the turbulent Eastern Asia.
7) What are your recommendations for where to go this year? – Italy, Corfu (Greece), Barselona.

Happy trails
Victor
;)

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2396 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I think this virus will be around for a while.

According to story below 5 Brits caught the virus while in France.
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/wuhan-virus-five-britons-french-ski-resort-coronavirus-singapore-12411224

I personally have no immediate plans to fly overseas.

FYI. If the below link can be believed just "ordinary flu" has a big death toll each year but, my opinion, has little impact on travel plans.

https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=208914

  • * I always get my flu shot every year. (Why not my health plan covers it anyway!)

8. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 864 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

FYI. If the below link can be believed just "ordinary flu" has a big death toll each year but, my opinion, has little impact on travel plans.

https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=208914

  • * I always get my flu shot every year. (Why not my health plan covers it anyway!)

The thing is that is a world wide figure after all it is too late to contain the influenza but the novel coronavirus has been mostly contained to China so it doesn't spread world wide. So taking that into account you could argue the mortality rate at about 2% which is much higher than the influenza at about 0.1%. Either way it is probably not a great idea to be comparing two viruses when we know so little about th Novel Corona and it still has not run its course. For all we know it could get worst before it gets better, it could mutate and spread even more. Best not to underestimate an infectious diesease till we know more.

Coronavirus Is Bad. Comparing It to the Flu Is Worse

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1447 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

They are now saying this virus is worse than SARS. (If you can rely on anything coming out of China at all)

10. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1434 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

1) Are you worried about the spread of coronavirus? Not so much about the spread of the virus, more the reaction of people and governments around the world. The virus is already out of China and containment is not helped by some idiots.
2) Do you plan (or did you plan) to travel this year? Yes.
3) If it is not a secret, where are you going to go (planned to go) The 'Stans with flights transiting through China at Easter - now different flights. And somewhere else in July.
4) Has the spread of coronavirus influenced/limited/changed your plans in any way? Slightly
5) What are your main motivations/criteria for choosing this year's travel destination? We've not been there but heard great things - we want to explore the region ourselves
6) When choosing a travel destination, is it important to you that no cases of coronavirus have been observed there (in this country)? No
7) What are your recommendations for where to go this year? Wherever you want - just stay safe (so probably not Wuhan then!).