How safe is it to visit Italy after the coronavirus outbreak?

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Mudassir Ali
Mar 12, 2020 01:42 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Mar 12, 2020 01:42 PM

I’m back and forth to Italy all the time, and I monitor it closely. Coronavirus will not keep me from going unless there is some form of travel ban. My family in Turin says that currently most businesses are empty of people as they are tending to just stay home and school is cancelled for the time being.

I think the key things framing my decision are (1) deaths are highly correlated with age and other serious health conditions (e.g., the death rate for over 80 YO is ~15%, under 40 YO, it is ~0.2%), and (2) one can take certain steps to be less likely to catch this virus, or seasonal flu/colds (e.g., minimize touching things/people, don’t touch your face, wash hands thoroughly and frequently).

I may find myself wearing a mask on the plane, mostly to keep myself from touching my face with hands that may be pick up viruses. The last thing I want to do is get sick and pass it on to others.

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