Is it safe to travel? Advice amid coronavirus concerns – The Times and Democrat

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Tourists, some wearing a mask, queue to enter the Louvre museum Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 in Paris. . The world is scrambling to get on top of the new coronavirus outbreak that has spread from its epicenter in China to most corners of the planet. Governments and doctors are presenting an array of approaches as the virus disrupts daily routines, business plans and international travel around the world (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. With new coronavirus cases being announced every day, Americans with spring break excursions, upcoming business trips or those thinking about summer travel have one thing on their mind: Should I travel? AAA cant make that decision for its members, but is providing information on travel safety and insurance to help travelers make the decision that is right for them.

While the decision to travel is a personal one that must be made by the individual, we recommend that you stay informed before making your trip which should always be the case regardless of coronavirus concerns, said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. We encourage everyone to follow the Center for Disease Controls recommendations and heed all official advisories.

Currently, the United States recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. Traveling anywhere else is a personal decision you have to make based on all facts available.

First and foremost, if you are feeling sick, dont travel. Even if you are not sick, talk to your health care provider about their medical recommendations, especially as it may relate to your age and personal health.

For travelers considering a cruise vacation, AAA advises that the decision whether to go is a personal one that must be made by the individual. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced the adoption of new screening policies for its member cruise lines, including denying boarding to anyone who has traveled in South Korea, Iran, China, and parts of Italy within 14 days prior to embarkation. Additionally, cruise lines are conducting enhanced illness screenings for many passengers prior to departure.

Is it safe to travel? Advice amid coronavirus concerns - The Times and Democrat

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