You may have seen over the past couple of months there has been a new virus that has started to spread around the world. The Coronavirus is just the next deadly virus that’s taking the world and the headlines by storm. The virus started in China with a high amount of locals being infected over the months. With such a high and densely living population, the virus has been able to spread across the country rapidly.
With many people travelling to and from China the Virus has now been able to spread globally, impacting many cities and countries across the world. But how will it affect our travel plans?
What is the Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a family of diseases that have been around for many years. The new Covid-19 strain, however, has never been seen before and is the strain that has the World Health Organisation worried about how it will affect the current global climate. Similarly to the rest of the coronavirus family, the Covid-19 was originally transmitted from animals to humans but now is being transferred from human to human.
People who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 suffer a multitude of symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Many that have fallen ill from it suffer from respiratory problems such as coughing and breathing difficulties. It can also affect the rest of your body with the virus always being known to cause symptoms such as pneumonia and fevers. As this is a new strain of the coronavirus there currently isn’t any working antiviral drugs that can help fight the virus and your recovery heavily depends on your own health and immune system.
Where has it spread to?
The spread of Covid-19 began in the fish markets of Wuhan China, from there the virus has spread through the majority of China under the radar. As many people were unaware of their new illness it has allowed many people from around the world to travel to and from China. This has helped make the virus a global problem, the first country to be known to have the disease outside its origin was Thailand as a woman had travelled there from Wuhan itself.
From there it seems more and more reports had claimed the virus had spread to their country including Japan, France, Australia and many more. One of the main factors that has helped the spread of this virus is its infectivity rating. It can be transferred through the air as well as being able to live on surfaces for a long time.
For Europe, there has been a large spread of the disease in northern Italy, where there have been 1694 confirmed cases of the disease. This European epicentre has struck fear in many European businesses and populations.
One of the main issues European countries have this time of year is sporting events, currently, there is both the champions league and Rugby six nations occurring. This means there are a lot of people from various countries coming together to watch large sporting events. This is the perfect opportunity for diseases to spread around these events and in turn the rest of the world.
Why is it impacting flights so much?
To help tackle the spread of the disease on a global scale such as this, the world health organisation has stated that you shouldn’t travel to infected countries unless it’s a case of importance or emergency.
This has now led to many people holding off booking flights for work or holidays in fear of contracting the Virus. Air travel companies such as Ryanair, British Airways and EasyJet are just some of the airlines that have now reduced their flight schedules due to the huge drop in demand. This has now led to many pre-booked flights being cancelled to the dismay of potential travellers.
British Airways is cancelling around 216 flights from the 16th of March to the 28th of March. Destinations include New York, Italy, France Austria, Belgium, Germany and Ireland. If you have booked a flight with British Airways that has now been cancelled you are advised to get in touch with the British Airways Customer services. You will have the option to rebook your flight to one of their new scheduled flights or you can also have your ticket refunded.
Ryanair on the Coronavirus
Ryanair has followed suit by reducing their flight schedule by around 25%. As they don’t fly to China they have less to worry about in terms of transporting the disease however with more people coming down with the disease in Europe they are having to be careful on how many flights they can take. If you have your flight cancelled by Ryan air then make sure to contact their customer services, where you will be able to get a refund on your cancelled flight or find another flight to change to.