SHOULD I CANCEL MY FUTURE TRAVEL PLANS?
Now the question about coronavirus travel plans is a bit of a personal risk question right I mean people are still allowed to travel to the vast majority of the world it really comes down to I think two things one how willing are you to have your travel plans disrupted and two if you’re traveling to a country and you get sick how comfortable are you using then healthcare services in that country.
I’ve made the decision not to travel outside of Canada for those reasons if I’m traveling I want to go on vacation and you know have a fun time I don’t want to be worrying about whether my flights are gonna be canceled my hotel is gonna be put in lockdown and I certainly don’t want to worry about if I’m one of the unlucky people who get really sick I don’t want to worry about having to go to a hospital in some foreign country.
ARE THERE PROJECTIONS OF HOW FAST OR FAR THIS VIRUS WILL SPREAD?
There definitely are our projections you know right now this coronavirus even if we take a big sort of overestimating right now this virus has infected far less than 1% of the world’s population and it’s generally believed that up to 75% of the world’s population in some mathematical models could get infected with this.
We’re not even at the end of the beginning yet or still at the beginning of the beginning here this is something which is going to be going on for months and we will see the slow continued spread of this coronavirus unless you know I would love to be proven wrong on that but so far everything that we’ve seen over the last two months is pointing towards the slow spread of this coronavirus to different countries around the world.
DO ALL PROVINCES HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO TEST COVID-19?
All provinces are able to test for this right now the testing is still fairly limited because it’s really based on travel and this isn’t the test that every single lab can do so right now there’s a lot of work going on to ensure that the testing can be done more widely and so it’s going to be easier to do that when we get to the point where we’re screening people who don’t have a travel history.
WHY SAFE COUNTRIES STILL ACCEPTING PLANS FROM HIGHLY INFECTED AREAS?
You know it’s a real misconception that we can somehow close our borders this has been shown over and over again in in in studies that you can’t close borders anymore if we were 16th century Europe you could do it but you can’t do it now and we are so interconnected if you think about the goods and services and food that we have in Canada most of its not from here
We are unable to close our borders that way and really this is about risk mitigation rather than trying to like stop the risk and so that’s why we’re screening people with travel histories but there’s also very much an assumption that viruses cross borders they don’t need passports and they will very happily this virus will very happily spread to every country in the world at some point and so we need to think beyond that and really think about what are the strategies that we can use in Canada to try to slow this down but we’re not going to stop it.
DO AIRPORTS CHECK PASSENGERS TEMPERATURE UPON ARRIVAL?
I actually don’t know the answer to that we do give we certainly do talk to people about their travel history I don’t know if airports specifically is taking peoples temperatures I would argue that that’s not going to be useful because people can take Advil and Tylenol and not have a temperature.
You could not have a temperature today and tomorrow you could have a temperature so to me the far more useful thing in airport screening is that we remind people of the symptoms we give them the contact information and things that they can get information they can get when they get home and if they are sick temperature screening has been shown in literature not to be useful.