*Updated March 19, 2020*
The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a public health emergency. It’s essential for travelers to take steps to protect their health, and for travel managers to be aware of health risks that may arise due to this virus.
What is COVID-19, and Who is Affected?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that include SARS and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), that can cause a runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever. Some are mild, such as the common cold, while others are more likely to lead to pneumonia. COVID-19 is a specific type of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019. Since then, more than 90 countries have confirmed cases, more than 191,127 people have been infected worldwide, and over 7,807 people have died. Here’s a breakdown of cases and deaths by country:
Numbers are based on the latest available WHO situation report as of 03/19/2020.
Visit the CDC’s website to view a breakdown of all cases and affected locations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html
Travel Incorporated will also continue to monitor and communicate all news and the impact to your travelers.
Visit https://www.travelinc.com/current-airline-travel-waivers/ to see the latest airline waiver information.
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Travel Incorporated is happy to provide the latest information possible on events that may disrupt your travel. The information in this post is accurate as of March 19, 2020, but is expected to change on a frequent basis. Please consult the CDC’s website for health advisories, and contact your Travel Incorporated Account Manager for specific inquiries.