How to handle travel warnings.
There’s no doubt that the spread of the coronavirus has caused a lot of travel disruption. If you were planning a trip away, it may be a good idea to reconsider traveling. There may even be warnings out for you not to travel.
The U.S. State Department has issued varying levels of travel warnings for countries where there are current outbreaks. The highest level — Level 4: Do Not Travel — has been applied to Iran and China at time of writing. The State Department has issued Level 3: Reconsider Travel warnings for those planning travel to Italy and, at time of writing, travel between the US and Europe has been suspended.
Guidance from health agencies has warned people to be cautious about any international travel, but no official restrictions have been placed on domestic travel as yet.
But if you have to travel—for work or otherwise—you can take precautions outlined by all health agencies, such as washing your hands and keeping away from crowds as much as possible. Traveling means navigating large crowds so it is essential that you maintain good hygiene practices to prevent catching harmful germs.
If you’re planning on traveling, be sure to reference the CDC’s communication resources for travelers. This information can help you decide on whether to travel and how to stay safe when on the move.
Stay up to date with the spread of the disease by tracking it through the John Hopkins interactive map.