Travel advice and precaution; COVID-19
As of last week, the World Health organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. What does this mean? It means that the virus is now widespread and beginning to affect lives all over the world. Should you be worried? NO, but you should be aware always. Should you take travel advice and precaution? YES. There is no point in panicking, because if you stay careful, you will be safe from it.
Fortunately, the numbers of new cases in China have dropped. However other parts of the world are still struggling to contain the virus. Scientists and medical experts all over the world are dedicating huge amounts of time and effort towards research and investigation into this illness; seeing how we can fight this pandemic. Tanzania may not have many cases at the moment, but the country has taken strong measures to control the situation. As we pray for health and healing, here are some facts you may want to keep in mind:
- It is important that you wash your hands as frequently as possible, mostly after you stepped outside, interacted with large crowds and before meals. Spend some twenty seconds or more washing your hands, with liquid soap. Carrying some hand sanitizer with you would also be very handy.
- Do not consume yourself too much in media. Not everything you see on social media is true.
- Your mental health is a priority, so when you find yourself sinking into anxiety, distract yourself. Keep busy – exercise, eat well, take a walk or simply work from home if possible.
- Read widely and read only from verified sources.
- Stay at home while you can – you never know how many lives you are saving by social isolation.
- According to BBC, face masks may not protect you. But having one on while you are in crowded areas like a hospital or shopping mall may be wise.
- Most people get symptomatic but later recover fully. A very small number of people, however, are dying from it. If you have pre-exisitng conditions like asthma or a weak immune system, then its important that you are extra careful.
- We get new information everyday. The situation around the world is changing drastically one day after another. So stay updated.
Will this affect your trip to Tanzania?
Yes, many countries are shutting borders or closing airports. You are safer at home. However, if you do happen to already be here, keep a distance from people who seem unwell during your travels, avoid shaking hands and observe basic hygiene. It is important that you remain super cautious at airports, where you are likely to meet lots of people from all over the world. Safety during this time cannot be guaranteed anywhere. So watch out for your own health and that of your loved ones. Spend time with family at home and indulge in a hobby you like.
You could possibly postpone your trip to Tanzania and plan it for later this year. We have some awesome Group Tours coming up later, and plenty of other options to choose from. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro, go on a safari or simply relax by the beaches in Zanzibar!
See, there is always light at the end of the tunnel!
Remember, it is normal that many of us are panicking, but you must remain calm and just simply follow all the reports coming from WHO; AND also take all recommended precautions seriously.