COVID-19 updates


STATEMENT FROM Global Travel Plus

To our valued Customers:
 
Your safety and well-being is always our priority. During this pandemic, our global team is engaged to continually assess and monitor its impact, to be available as a trusted resource and to continue to deliver global emergency assistance services to the customers who find themselves away from home.

Global Travel Plus is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization’s (WHO) statements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is following guidelines set forth by these agencies as well as other health agencies worldwide.

To assist customers directly or indirectly affected by the pandemic, Global Travel Plus has adapted its global emergency assistance offering and provides the following services and resources:  
 
  • Access to 24/7 Operations Center: Global Travel Plus’ 24/7 Operations Center remains fully operational and is available to service you if you face a medical or non-medical emergency while away from home.
  • Testing Site Referral: Our Operations Center is staffed by trained, multilingual assistance personnel who can locate testing facilities near your location. Access to testing facilities will vary by location, provider and assessment of symptoms, pre-existing conditions and exposure to the virus.
  • Medical Monitoring: If you have COVID-19, Global Travel Plus will monitor your medical condition through the quarantine process and liaise with your health insurance.
  • Prescription Assistance: If you are running out of medication, Global Travel Plus can help refill the prescription by contacting your doctor and sourcing the prescription at a pharmacy you’re your location. 
  • Return of Mortal Remains: If a customer passes away while away from home, we will provide guidance to the family and arrange and pay for the required documents, remains preparation and transport to bring the remains to a funeral home near the customer's place of residence. Our assistance coordinators are trained to follow the requirements and instructions set forth by local authorities and the CDC. Transportation time may vary depending on current COVID-19 travel restrictions and bans.
  • Stranded Traveler Assistance: If you become stranded while traveling due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, our experienced travel assistance coordinators will help you make travel arrangements to return home, when legally permissible.
  • Dedicated COVID-19 Webpage: Global Travel Plus has implemented a dedicated COVID-19 landing page, available on our website and Mobile App. From health and prevention tips, to best practices videos, latest news and a map of COVID-19 testing sites in the U.S., the page is intended to be a go-to resource to learn more about the virus.
The full description of our services is available at www.globaltravelplus.com/ServicesPlease contact our operations center for further information using our Mobile App for iPhone and Android or via phone at +1 (609) 986-1212.

Sincerely,
Your Global Travel Plus Team
 

Our Team will regularly update the documents below and make other helpful materials available as needed: 

Global Travel Plus' New Pandemic Services

COVID-19 FAQs

COVID-19 Symptoms & Prevention Measures

COVID-19 Quarantine Tips

 

January 13 – Brand-new, more infectious COVID-19 variant discovered in U.S.
https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/brand-new-more-infectious-covid-19-variant-discovered-us/OFKAJQEGKFFQHCXPRGOFOPUVIY/
Scientists have discovered another new strain of COVID-19 in the United States. This one evolved independently from the U.K. variant, and researchers believe the brand-new strain is also more contagious.

January 13 – What we know about the spread of Covid among children — and whether shutting schools reduces the risk
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/13/coronavirus-children-and-schools-a-guide-on-what-we-know-so-far.html
LONDON — The science around the link between children and the spread of the coronavirus is still evolving, but a growing body of evidence suggests that kids attending school do play an important role in community transmission.

January 13 – US will require negative COVID-19 tests for international travelers
https://www.cnet.com/health/us-will-require-negative-covid-19-tests-for-international-travelers/
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved a measure Tuesday that will require all international air travelers to obtain a negative COVID-19 test before flying to the states. The order goes into effect Jan. 26.

January 12 – US will require all arriving passengers to get COVID-19 test
https://apnews.com/article/us-will-require-travelers-covid-19-test-7bd66c0014e597f930423c86beca5707
NEW YORK (AP) — Anyone flying to the U.S. will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19, health officials announced Tuesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirement expands on a similar one announced late last month for passengers coming from the United Kingdom. The new order takes effect in two weeks.

January 11 – Cancun Hotels will offer PCR tests
https://www.cancuniairport.com/cancun-hotels-will-offer-pcr-tests/
Cancun Hotels will offer PCR tests  – USA citizens and Canadians are the main visitors to Cancun and the Riviera Maya. We all know how the tourism industry is operating these days, which was the most affected by the Coronavirus disease. Tourism is slowly recovering, and that is why many countries had to implement different sanitary measures.

January 11 – COVID-19 travel restrictions by state: See testing, quarantine requirements
https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2021/01/11/covid-travel-restrictions-which-states-require-covid-test-quarantine/6566179002/   
The U.S. is still setting new COVID-19 death records, even as vaccines are rolling out across the country. And approximately 1 in every 15 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus that cause COVID-19 as of Saturday evening, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. surpassed more than 22 million cases Saturday.

January 6 – CDC says severe allergic reactions to coronavirus vaccine are rare
https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/06/health/covid-vaccines-cdc-allergic-safety-wellness/index.html
Only 29 people have experienced severe allergic reactions to the coronavirus vaccine, making it a rare outcome, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. By comparison, the rate of severe allergic reaction for the flu vaccine is 1.3 per 1 million doses.

January 6 – Coronavirus variant discoveries in UK and South Africa began with a bet of a bottle of wine
https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/06/health/south-africa-sequencing-coronavirus-variant/index.html
The discovery of important new coronavirus variants in the UK and South Africa began with a bet of a bottle of wine. In mid-November, Tulio de Oliveira, began receiving anxious phone calls from physicians in the Eastern Cape province who were seeing an explosive growth in Covid-19 patients. The increase had seemingly come out of nowhere.

January 5 – England Enters Another National Lockdown as of Tuesday
https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-vaccine-updates-01-05-21/index.html     
England entered another national lockdown on Tuesday as coronavirus cases surge in the UK. Hospitalizations in the US continue to rise following the holidays — and the case surge has also limited the vaccine rollout. The head of WHO is "very disappointed" that scientists investigating the origins of Covid-19 were prevented from entering China due to delayed paperwork.

January 5 – New CDC study raises concern regarding COVID-19 immunity after infection
https://kstp.com/news/new-cdc-study-raises-concern-regarding-covid-19-immunity-after-infection-/5969395/  
People who have recovered from COVID-19 may not have 90 days of immunity, according to a recent study from the CDC. The study focused on 156 health care workers in the United States who tested positive for COVID-19. They took an antibody test about a month after developing symptoms and then took a second antibody test 60 days later.

January 4 – Air travel hit a new pandemic high over New Year’s weekend. Now comes the hard part
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/04/air-travel-hits-new-pandemic-high-over-new-years-weekend.html
U.S. travel hit a new pandemic high, surging from holiday demand despite new Covid-19 infection records. More than 1.3 million people passed through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at U.S. airports on Sunday, 55% of the 2.4 million people TSA screened a year earlier but still the highest volume since March 15.

January 4 – Scotland will go back into national coronavirus lockdown, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces
https://www.businessinsider.com/scotland-will-go-into-coronavirus-lockdown-says-nicola-sturgeon-2021-1  
Scotland will go back into full national coronavirus lockdown with schools remaining closed and members of the public legally required to stay at home, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Monday afternoon.

January 2 – Not everyone will get the exact same COVID-19 vaccine. What to know
https://www.cnet.com/health/not-everyone-will-get-the-exact-same-covid-19-vaccine-what-to-know/
The first wave of coronavirus vaccinations is finally underway, and with it comes a heap of questions. The CDC prioritized which groups should get the very first available doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, states are not required to follow the CDC's lead, and some have already started bucking the federal agency's guidelines in favor of their own priority lists.

December 21 – FBI warns of COVID-19 vaccine scams
https://www.cnet.com/health/fbi-warns-of-covid-19-vaccine-scams/
The FBI and other US federal agencies on Monday issued a warning about scams related to offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people, usually for a down payment or for their medical and personal details. It follows a year of COVID-19 scams that have touted fake cures and charities while seeking your bank info.

December 21 – The UK is spooking everyone with its new covid-19 strain. Here’s what scientists know.
https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/12/21/1015315/the-uk-is-spooking-everyone-with-its-new-covid-19-strain-heres-what-scientists-know/        
A rising wave of covid-19 cases in the south of England has been blamed on a new variant of the coronavirus. The new version, which appeared by September, is now behind half the cases in the region.

December 21 – Britain cut off by Canada and others as new Covid strain spreads
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/britain-cut-canada-others-new-covid-strain-spreads-n1251884    
Dozens of countries, including Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Iran, Colombia and Morocco, have suspended flights from the U.K. for 48 hours or more. Saudi Arabia has closed its borders and suspended all flights regardless of destination or origin.

December 20 – The Coronavirus Is Mutating. What Does That Mean for Us?
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/20/health/coronavirus-britain-variant.html
Just as vaccines begin to offer hope for a path out of the pandemic, officials in Britain this past weekend sounded an urgent alarm about what they called a highly contagious new variant of the coronavirus circulating in England.

December 19 – COVID-19 vaccine facts: Moderna approved, hidden costs, when you can get vaccinated
https://www.cnet.com/health/covid-19-vaccine-facts-moderna-approved-hidden-costs-when-you-can-get-vaccinated/    
With two vaccines now granted emergency approval, where's your place in line? Will you have to pay anything? What can you do after you're vaccinated? Here's what you need to know.

December 9 – He Broke Out of Quarantine for 8 Seconds, and Got a $3,550 Fine
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/09/world/coronavirus-covid-19-quarantine-fine.html  
During the global pandemic, with entire cities locked down, travel heavily restricted and isolation fatigue setting in, thousands of people have been caught, fined or jailed for breaching coronavirus restrictions that have made once normal activities taboo.

December 9 – New Data Reveal Which Hospitals Are Dangerously Full. Is Yours?
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/12/09/944379919/new-data-reveal-which-hospitals-are-dangerously-full-is-yours       
The federal government on Monday released detailed hospital-level data showing the toll COVID-19 is taking on health care facilities, including how many inpatient and ICU beds are available on a weekly basis.

December 9 – Infected after 5 minutes, from 20 feet away: South Korea study shows coronavirus’ spread indoors
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-12-09/five-minutes-from-20-feet-away-south-korean-study-shows-perils-of-indoor-dining-for-covid-19   
Dr. Lee Ju-hyung has largely avoided restaurants in recent months, but on the few occasions he’s dined out, he’s developed a strange, if sensible, habit: whipping out a small anemometer to check the airflow.

December 9 – Allergy warning for Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine after UK health workers with allergy history suffer reaction
https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/09/health/covid-vaccine-allergies-health-workers-uk-intl-gbr/index.html
People with a "significant history of allergic reactions" should not be given the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, UK health authorities said Wednesday, after two health care workers experienced symptoms after receiving a shot the day before.

December 9 – Covid world map: which countries have the most coronavirus cases and deaths?
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/09/covid-world-map-which-countries-have-the-most-coronavirus-cases-and-deaths   
Obviously, larger countries tend to have higher numbers both of cases and of deaths. But there are many other factors in play, such as the demographic profiles of the countries; countries with ageing populations may be hit harder because the disease is more dangerous to older people.

December 6 – What coronavirus means for India's 'big fat weddings'
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/indian-weddings-covid-intl-hnk-dst/index.html
Blessing and Sheryl Jossy wanted to hold a wedding extravaganza across three cities. The college sweethearts, who live in the northern Indian state of Haryana, were planning to kick off with a multi-day wedding, before flying to the country's south to hold two more parties with Blessing's side of the family. All in all, they were expecting around 1,000 guests.

December 4 – What To Do If You Test Positive For The Coronavirus This Winter
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/12/04/939050215/what-to-do-if-you-test-positive-for-the-coronavirus-this-fall-or-winter
If you've gotten a positive test result, here's advice from doctors about how to handle a mild to moderate, or even asymptomatic, case on your own — and when you need to seek emergency help.

November 26 – Coronavirus: Shanghai rises to become world's most connected city
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-55081925
Shanghai has dethroned London to become the world's most connected city as the coronavirus shakes up international travel. London has seen a 67% fall in connectivity in air travel, according to airline industry body IATA. Shanghai has risen up the ranks, and the world's four most connected cities are now all in China.

November 25 – Potential COVID-19 surge following Thanksgiving could cause 'humanitarian crisis,' experts warn
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/potential-covid-19-surge-thanksgiving-humanitarian-crisis-experts/story?id=74365407      
As Americans prepare for what will likely be an untraditional Thanksgiving, health experts and state officials are pleading with the public to heed their warnings to not travel and to avoid large gatherings and the mixing of households, as the country tries to get ahold on what experts call an "uncontrolled" spread of the coronavirus.

November 25 – Coronavirus: How Europeans are preparing for Christmas and New Year
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55058362  
For months now, coronavirus restrictions have dictated where millions of Europeans can travel to and who they can see when they get there. So with Christmas fast approaching, governments are having to make tough decisions on whether to ease restrictions in time for the holiday period. Here's a breakdown of what's been announced so far.

November 25 – CDC Likely To Recommend Shortening Coronavirus Quarantine Period
https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/11/25/938744923/cdc-likely-to-recommend-shortening-coronavirus-quarantine-period   
Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations call for two weeks of isolation from the last contact with a person known to have COVID-19. However, health officials were rethinking that recommendation, citing "a preponderance of evidence that a shorter quarantine complemented by a test might be able to shorten that quarantine period."

November 25 – COVID-19 reinfection: Can you get the coronavirus more than once? What we know so far
https://www.cnet.com/health/covid-19-reinfection-can-you-get-the-coronavirus-more-than-once-what-we-know-so-far/  
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic experts have grappled with the question of whether a patient who recovers from COVID-19 can contract the disease again. Though coronavirus reinfections are rare, there are several documented cases where it appears to have occurred.

November 23 – Covid risk: 3 people, 3 very different Covid risks. What's yours?
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-54251632
If there's one question about coronavirus that we ask more than any other, it's surely "What is my risk?" Meet, Amy, Merlande and John: three people with very different levels of risk. By understanding more about what they should consider, as they seek answers to these questions, each of us can get a better idea of our own risk - and the risk we pose to others.

November 18 – With possible vaccine on the horizon, US is likely in 'last big surge' of the Covid-19 pandemic's toughest phase
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/18/health/us-coronavirus-wednesday/index.html     
The US is likely in the "last big surge" before a possible Covid-19 vaccine can start to offer help in the coming months, one expert says. But for now, the country is continuing to set grim case and hospitalization records and the pandemic shows no signs of slowing down.

November 18 – FDA authorizes first at-home Covid-19 test that gives users results quickly
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/fda-authorizes-first-home-covid-19-test-gives-users-results-n1248069     
The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first Covid-19 test designed for users to take and develop at home for results within an hour. The agency announced the emergency use authorization for the Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit on Tuesday night.

November 18 – Bedsores kill over 60K people in the US each year. Amid COVID, experts worry more may be at risk.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/11/18/covid-19-risk-bedsores-pressure-injuries-higher-during-pandemic/6277376002/     
Hospitals are putting extra focus on preventing pressure injuries, known as bedsores or pressure ulcers, as coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country and ICU beds fill with critically ill patients.

November 17 – Why Does Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine Need To Be Kept Colder Than Antarctica?
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/11/17/935563377/why-does-pfizers-covid-19-vaccine-need-to-be-kept-colder-than-antarctica
One of the front-runners in the vaccine race — the one made by Pfizer — needs to be kept extremely cold: minus 70 degrees Celsius, which is colder than winter in Antarctica. Moderna has said that its vaccine needs to be frozen too, but only at minus 20 Celsius, more like a regular freezer.

November 17 – Coronavirus: How to be happier while working from home
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-54886125  
Millions of people need a home office for the first time. Some have perched at kitchen tables or made do with a laptop on the sofa for months. But even if a vaccine comes soon, many people may never go back to the office full time. And the early signs of how the pandemic has affected the UK's mental health are not good.

November 17 – Reinstated coronavirus restrictions by state: What you need to know
https://www.foxnews.com/us/here-are-your-state-by-state-restrictions
More than 11 million cases have been reported in the United States since the COVID-19 pandemic started, as Americans prepare to observe upcoming holidays. The holidays themselves draw even more concern among public officials who fear large gatherings may exacerbate the current health situation in the country.

November 14 – Covid: What are the rules for winter holidays and going abroad?
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-54730290  
Coronavirus has dashed the travel hopes of many people this year. Non-essential foreign travel is currently banned in much of the UK, but a potential vaccine has led to growing interest in booking future holidays.

November 12 – Robots are joining the fight against coronavirus in India
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/11/tech/robots-india-covid-spc-intl/index.html
In India, the country with the world's second-highest number of Covid-19 cases, a handful of hospitals has started to use robots to connect patients with their loved ones, and assist healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic.

November 5 – Clots, Strokes And Rashes. Is COVID-19 A Disease Of The Blood Vessels?
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/11/05/917317541/clots-strokes-and-rashes-is-covid-19-a-disease-of-the-blood-vessels    
Whether it's strange rashes on the toes or blood clots in the brain, the widespread ravages of COVID-19 have increasingly led researchers to focus on how the novel coronavirus sabotages the body's blood vessels.

November 5 – United States breaks record for daily COVID-19 cases
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/11/5/united-states-breaks-record-for-daily-covid-19-cases    
The United States set a one-day record for new coronavirus cases on Wednesday with at least 102,591 new cases and as hospitals in several states reported an increasing number of patients, according to a count from the Reuters news agency.

November 5 – Covid-19: PM stresses England 'stay at home' message, and furlough until March
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-54829612    
A four-week national lockdown in England is enough to have a "real impact" on limiting the spread of Covid-19, the prime minister has insisted. Speaking at a news conference, Boris Johnson said he "knows how tough" the new restrictions will be and people were "quite frankly fed up" with the virus.

November 5 – How Grocery Stores Are Offering COVID-19 Tests
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lanabandoim/2020/11/05/how-grocery-stores-are-offering-covid-19-tests/?sh=29ea5ab95e17
More grocery stores across the United States are offering customers the option to get COVID-19 tests. Kroger, Walmart, Albertsons, Safeway and Hy-Vee are providing different options to make testing easier and faster during the coronavirus pandemic.

November 3 – Don't get a false sense of security with Covid-19 testing. Here's why you can test negative but still be infected and contagious
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/03/health/covid-test-negative-contagious-wellness/index.html
If you think a negative test result means you don't have coronavirus, you could be wrong. It can take days before a new infection shows up on a Covid-19 test. "We know that the incubation period for Covid-19 is up to 14 days. And before that, you can be testing negative, and have no symptoms," emergency medicine physician Dr. Leana Wen told CNN.

November 2 – America’s third Covid-19 surge is here. It was predictable — and preventable.
https://www.vox.com/21523039/covid-coronavirus-third-wave-fall-winter-surge
America is in the middle of its third nationwide surge in Covid-19 cases — what some are calling a “third wave” — with reported cases hitting a record high of nearly 100,000 in one day on Friday.

November 2 – Coronavirus: Are Indians more immune to Covid-19?
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-54730290  
Now, new research by Indian scientists suggests that low hygiene, lack of clean drinking water, and unsanitary conditions may have actually saved many lives from severe Covid-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides updated information as it becomes available regarding health and travel during the Coronavirus pandemic. Find more information at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

World Health Organization has an emergency page dedicated to the Coronavirus disease and updated information about public health measures. Read more: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019.

John Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering are tracking the COVID-19 spread in real-time on their interactive dashboard with data available for download and to view on desktop or mobile. View their interactive map at: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is an agency of the European Union that strengthens Europe’s defense against infectious diseases and provides many updates about the spread of COVID-19: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/rapid-risk-assessment-novel-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-pandemic-increased.

The Department of Health from the Republic of Philippines advises about coronavirus cases in the country and has daily updates about the cases: https://www.doh.gov.ph/2019-nCoV.

Government of Canada has a disease and conditions page dedicated to the Coronavirus disease and shares advice on preventative measures: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html/.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India has regular travel advisories and updates the number of people they have screened for the virus: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/.

United States Department of Health also offers valuable advice and updated information about the novel coronavirus: https://www.state.gov/coronavirus/.