Post # 1
The recent outbreak of swine flu has caused us to re-evaluate our honeymoon travel plans to Canada (British Columbia drive across Rockies), Vegas and California (mainly Monterey Bay, Napa and San Francisco).All the international news websites seem to make the situation in California look extremely dangerous (what with the declaration of the state of emergency) and it doesnt help that Mexico and California shares a border.
(A caveat beforehand is that I don’t reside in the USA and therefore I don’t have first hand information so please do not take offence with this post (if you should feel offended) about California being "dangerous" for travel)
So I was wondering whether it is safe to travel to these places? We are due to travel in about 3 weeks time and our first stop will be Vancouver and will end off in SF in early June. From where I live (Asia), people are unduly worried possibly because of the rpevious SARS scare we had a few years back which caused quite a few deaths because it was early days and the control mechanism were placed too late. We have thought about changing destination to Greece/Italy or somewhere in Europe, bearing in mind, UK, France etc are also affected.
Any thoughts / suggestions will be helpful and much much appreciated
Post # 3
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and am in the healthcare field. It is fine here. California is also a very big state and your honey moon is in Northern California, which is more than 700 miles away from the Mexican boarder. The media is blowing this out of proportion and spreading mass hysteria. There has only been one death in the United States, which is in the state of Texas and no where near California. There are also reported cases of swine flu in Europe, so there are going to be sick people wherever you go. Finally, the reported cases of swine flu have been less severe than that seen in Mexico. By the way, I was working in a hospital in Beijing during the SARs outbreak and this is nothing like that. Hope that helps! Have fun on your honeymoon!
Post # 4
There are only limited cases of swine flu in the US. It has also spread to Europe and Asia. Please don’t change your plans because of the extremely low risk of being exposed to this virus. If you were going to Mexico City, I’d say think hard about it, but mostly because they’ve been considering closing the subway system there.
Please see my post about swine flu and honeymoons to understand the precautions you should take. (Boils down to good handwashing).
Post # 5
Don’t worry about us here in California, the media makes it out to be MUCH worse than it actually is!
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale
I agree with everyone above- so over hyped, and I wrote two posts about honeymooning in SF and Napa- just in case you need some ideas of what to do.
Post # 7
Also living in CA, also in a Health-related industry. It is definitely not "dangerous" at all, no more dangerous than living anywhere during an ordinary flu season would be! If you take the usual precautions against disease (wash your hands, cover your nose with a tissue when you sneeze) you should be just fine!
Post # 8
I’m in the Bay Area also, and not worried. But it is the case that the 3 of the 13 reported cases of swine flu in California are in Sacramento which is in Central Northern California, about 60 miles from Napa. So I don’t think that N. California is "immune". But I also think that for healthy adults reasonable precautions, such as the ones mentioned by PP are probably sufficient. That said, one should always do what one finds comfortable. I travel in places where ordinary levels of much more severe diseases are much higher, so that kind of exposure would not bother me at all. But it really is personal.
You might also visit the US Centers for Disease Control site to get more information:
Post # 9
I agree with the above posters. I live near San Diego, and it’s perfectly fine here.
Post # 10
Yes yes, Go to California. It is the best. If you are worried, head to Northern Calif, there is so much to do there. The city is is awesome, Sausilito is also right over the Golden Gate bridge. Very cool. San Jose even has some great new areas. Peeptoe hit it also with Napa. The wine country is peaceful and beatuful if you are looking for that. Take a balloon ride over the vineyards, very romantic. Don’t worry – Have fun!