As 2020 comes to a close, the planet is still reeling from Coronavirus. We sincerely hope you, your family, and friends have remained healthy in body and healthy in spirit.
My initial thought for this December blog post was to see if the growth in the number of airports offering testing facilities and the roll out of vaccines was heralding a huge green light for the return of travel. A blog with a more optimistic tone will need to wait for the new year. This country saw a huge, very predictable, spike after the Thanksgiving holiday. And now, Christmas is one week away. The CDC reminds us that COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across the United States are rising. We urge all: do not travel for the holidays.
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Stats as of December 19, 2020:
|Total Deaths||Total Cases||Daily Deaths||New Cases|
|World Wide||1.68 Million||76 Million||13,000||800,000|
The ‘virus’ that was supposed to, according to Trump, “go from 15 persons to zero” and magically “go away”, had different ideas. Coronavirus has, and continues to, rock the world. Just this week:
Worldwide: 800,000+ new cases, Worldwide: 13,000+ deaths daily
And, nowhere in the world is it worse than in the U.S.
USA: 280,000 New Cases (a 20% increase)
USA: 3,611 Deaths per day (a 26% increase)
The USA has 4% of the world’s population, but almost 25% of all deaths and cases.
Dear Santa, please bring me a future where political leaders embrace science, and where life is valued more than profit.
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Travel warnings aside, the airports are still crowded… flights are still crowded, so our guess is that people will choose to travel next week for Christmas. Please…
heed these CDC guidelines for Travel During COVID-19:
- Do not travel if you are sick
- Do not travel if you have or test positive for COVID-19
- Do not travel with someone who is sick.
- Travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
- You and your travel companions (including children) may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to family, friends, and community after travel.
- If you have a known exposure to COVID-19 you should delay travel, quarantine yourself from other people, get tested, and monitor your health. Check your state or local health department for information about local quarantine requirements.
Dear Santa, this Christmas, please protect all the doctors, nurses and frontline heroes. Please let them know we thank them, we bless them… we love them.
We remain hopeful for a return to responsible adventure travel in Fall 2021. Until then...