Honeymoon in Italy, mid May. With corona virus, may have to cancel and lose $$

posted 7 months ago in Honeymoons
Post # 16
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Helper bee

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sunburn :  New cases in Italy are higher than new cases in most parts of Asia. 

If you catch this virus, it is way worse than most seasonal flus. The percentage of patients who need ventilators is high, and whilst it doesn’t affect the young like the Spanish Flu did, there are still healthy, young people dying.

OP, I’m not saying you shouldn’t travel. I haven’t cancelled my own travel to Europe in a month. But it is misleading to to dismiss this virus. 

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - Turkey

It the panic doesn’t diminish, I think the company will give your money back. I”t may not be the virus that’s damaging only but at the end of the day there is always a possibility of getting it wherever you are, and for example even though my country has no outbreaks, me being sick right now, I’m not going out unless very necessary in order not to aggravate people.

 

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I wouldn’t cancel my trip. I’d take my vitamins and wash my hands. Honestly I think the media is blowing this out of proportion. Remember when we were all going to die of Ebola. And then poof one day it was gone. 

“the CDC estimates that up to 42.9 million people got sick during the 2018-2019 flu season, 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 died. That’s fairly on par with a typical season, and well below the CDC’s 2017-2018 estimatesof 48.8 million illnesses, 959,000 hospitalizations and 79,400 deaths”

We don’t freak out and quarantine cities and people over the flu and it kills 60-80,000 people per year in the US.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Also my coworker was going to South Korea and Italy in May. She has moved her trip until October.  She’s not worried about catching the virus – she is worried about being stranded. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee

I’d wait a few weeks and monitor what happens- the outbreak in Italy might largely be under control by then

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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elodie2019 :  If you read back more carefully, none of us are particularly worried about getting the coronavirus. We know it’s unlikely at this point, and that even if we did get it, the overwhelming odds are we’d be fine. What most of us are worried about are being caught up in an area with an outbreak (which can happen very quickly) and stuck abroad, in quarantine, for weeks. That’s not fear mongering…that’s literally happening right now. Most notably, in Italy, where OP is going.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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dianaj17 :  Yeah, that could be very inconvenient. I wouldn’t want to be stranded quarantined on a cruise ship but depending on the city and country and other obligations.. getting stuck there might not be terrible.

Post # 23
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Helper bee

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dianaj17 :  In addition to being worried about being stranded, I’m worried about passing on the virus to people who are more vulnerable.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee

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elodie2019 :   Being quarantined sucks a big one. You don’t just wander the streets of an exotic place on an extended vacay… more likely you’re stuck in a single room unable to leave for weeks at a time, only to face more quarantine when you get back to the US. here is an account of a wealthy American who was on the Japanese cruise ship that got quarantined. After spending weeks on the ship unable to leave her cabin, she had to take a military plane back to the US where she is now quarantined on some base in what sound like extremely bleak conditions.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/02/i-prepared-everything-not-coronavirus-cruise-ship/607138/

Yes she’ll be fine but it sounds like a horrible experience… and this type of thing is happening all over the place, in an unpredictable manner. People aren’t wrong to be worried about international travel, particularly to areas like Italy that have major outbreaks right now. 

Post # 25
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Busy bee

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jordan1234 :  you might be covered through your credit card! Travel insurance is often included.

my honeymoon is portugal in June and I am nervous, too. I have not looked into canceling yet bc I am being optimistic, but checking with my credit card provider was my next step.

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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emilyofnewmoon :  For sure, being stuck on a cruise ship or quarantined in a hotel room or military base would be terrible. I’m not a fan of cruise ships when I am not being quarantined.

I was more thinking of the self quarantine that they are doing places. If I had rented a villa in Italy with a view and a pool on my honeymoon and have to self quarantine at home.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee

I wouldnt risk it. This is a new type of virus that the medical community only barely understands. I just read today that those who catch it may never actually be “cured” and may suffer with recurring respiratory issues over time. There is a vaccine in the works but that is still a ways away.

The issue also isnt just about getting sick as an individual. Look at the stock market. Supply chains are being affected. That means food and goods will not be  readily available at some point.

If this spread persists and panic continues to set in, ppl will stop going to work…stores will be bare. Emergency responses are already in play. Look at California. Look at Italy. Look at Japan. This isn’t something to take lightly. 

Post # 28
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Worker bee

Don’t cancel yet, wait and see how it plays out. I’m also going to Italy In May and waiting until end of April.

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I would wait and see how things are when you get closer to your trip. 

Post # 30
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Bumble bee

I work in an industry with a huge international event in Italy, that is usually scheduled for the end of March. It was cancelled due to Coronavirus and rescheduled for May. I am going!

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