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

July 9 – Coronavirus: Is India the next global hotspot?
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-53284144
The coronavirus took hold slowly in India, but six months after its first confirmed infection it has overtaken Russia to record the world's third largest caseload. With the world's second-largest population, much of which lives packed into cities, the country was perhaps always destined to become a global hotspot.

July 9 – COVID-19 and blood type: What’s the link?
https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-07-09/link-between-covid-19-and-blood-type
Researchers have identified certain things that make some people more vulnerable than others. Men are at greater risk than women. Older people are at greater risk than younger people. Black and Latino Americans are at greater risk than Asian Americans and whites. Now there’s evidence that blood type could be a risk factor too.

July 8 – United Airlines will warn 36,000 workers of possible layoffs – more than a third of its entire workforce
https://www.businessinsider.com/united-airlines-warn-furloughs-layoffs-coronavirus-2020-7
Travel demand had begun to recover since April, when coronavirus lockdowns drove demand down as much as 97%, but the airline said demand fell again in recent weeks as virus cases spiked in several states.

July 7 – Is the coronavirus airborne? What we know about COVID-19 transmission
https://www.cnet.com/news/is-the-coronavirus-airborne-what-we-know-about-covid-19-transmission/
More than 200 scientists and experts across the globe penned an open letter on Monday to public health bodies, including the World Health Organization, arguing there's significant evidence the coronavirus can persist in the air and spread in airborne particles from person to person.

July 7 – A floating movie theater where people sit in socially distant boats on the water is coming to Paris
https://www.insider.com/paris-cinema-on-water-floating-movie-theater-boats-2020-7
Paris Plages, an annual event organized by the French capital, creates temporary beaches along the Seine and the Bassin de la Villette during the summer. To celebrate the event, and the recent reopening of movie theaters in France after being closed due to the coronavirus, cinema chain Mk2 collaborated with Häagen-Dazs to create "Cinéma sur l'Eau" (cinema on the water).

July 7 – Just days after reopening, coronavirus forces several English pubs to close again
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/07/uk/england-pubs-closures-scli-gbr-intl/index.html
Several English pubs have closed their doors again after customers tested positive for coronavirus, dealing an early blow to the country's efforts to reopen its establishments. Pubs and restaurants were allowed to welcome customers from July 4, a day dubbed "Super Saturday" by the British media amid concerns about social distancing and unruly behavior.

July 6 – Why flight to Italy are limiting carry-on luggage
https://www.cntraveler.com/story/why-flights-to-italy-are-limiting-carry-on-luggage
In a somewhat surprising move, Italy is banning the use of overhead bins on certain flights. This on-board change from the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) aims to keep passengers from congregating in the aisles during boarding and potentially spreading COVID-19, and is in effect on all flights to Italy where the middle seat is no longer blocked off.

July 6 – Hundred of scientists reportedly claim WHO is downplaying risk of airborne spread of coronavirus
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/06/coronavirus-scientists-claim-who-downplaying-risk-of-airborne-spread.html
A group of 239 scientists from 32 different countries are reportedly preparing to publish an open letter to the World Health Organization in the coming days, urging the United Nations health agency to update its recommendations for the coronavirus.

July 6 – 7 myths are fueling new COVID-19 surges. Avoiding these will help save the economy and save lives
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/01/health/reopening-economy-false-sense-of-security/index.html
It's easy to fall into a false sense of security now that states have reopened. And many are already paying the price. States are shutting down businesses again. Popular beaches have closed. And the rate of new Covid-19 infections keeps growing in most states, threatening to reverse the progress made during stay-at-home orders.

July 6 – ‘We’ll be living with masks for years’: COVID-19 through the eyes of a pandemic expert
https://www.cnet.com/news/living-with-masks-for-years-covid-19-through-the-eyes-of-a-pandemic-expert/
Since the summer of 2019, I've been speaking with one of the world's leading pandemic experts about what a global outbreak could look like. Now, as the world enters a grim new phase, he says we're in a whole new ball game.

July 5 – India just surpassed Russia as the country with the 3rd-most coronavirus infections
https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-india-russia-third-highest-infected-country-2020-7
India's rising case counts are not for lack of trying to contain the spread as Prime Minister Narendra Modi instituted strict lockdown measures and has expressed consistent social-distancing messages since the lockdowns began in March. The country exited a two-month lockdown at the end of May only to find that it didn't succeed in flattening any curve.

July 4 – United Airlines made a painful statement that may appall business travelers
https://www.zdnet.com/article/united-airlines-made-a-painful-statement-that-may-appall-business-travelers/
As United opens up flights to China -- some of which may be patronized by Apple and other tech company executives -- its leadership offers a scoffing tone.

July 2 – Study confirms new version of coronavirus spreads faster but doesn’t make people sicker
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/07/02/health/coronavirus-mutation-spread-study/index.html
A global study has found strong evidence that a new form of the coronavirus has spread from Europe to the US. The new mutation makes the virus more likely to infect people but does not seem to make them any sicker than earlier variations of the virus, an international team of researchers reported Thursday.

July 1 – Track COVID-19 risk in your county with Harvard’s assessment map
https://www.cnet.com/health/track-covid-19-risk-in-your-county-with-harvards-assessment-map/
The map is meant to give users a better way to examine their specific location, as opposed to the larger scope provided by Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 database.

July 1 – American Airlines to close bases, needs to reduce flight attendant staff
https://www.businessinsider.com/american-airlines-flight-attendants-leaked-memo-coronavirus-2020-7
American Airlines plans to reconfigure and significantly downsize staffing at some of its bases and reduce its flight-attendant ranks by as many as 8,000 employees, Business Insider has learned.

July 1 – US surpasses 50,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time
https://www.businessinsider.com/us-surpasses-50000-daily-coronavirus-cases-first-time-wapo-2020-7
According to The Post, the US recorded 52,770 cases on Wednesday, the first time it has surpassed 50,000 new daily cases. Texas, Arizona, California, North Carolina, and Georgia all reported record numbers of new infections, contributing to the national swell. 

July 1 – California governor says 70% of state must stop going to movie theaters, bars, and indoor restaurants as COVID-19 cases continue to surge
https://www.businessinsider.com/california-governor-tells-movie-theatres-bars-restaurants-to-close-2020-7
California is directing bars and restaurants to close once again across the state as case counts continue to climb. Effective immediately, the order affects 19 counties, including Los Angeles and Santa Clara, home to Silicon Valley's tech center.

June 29 – Some US states return to previous restrictions to slow surge of coronavirus cases
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/29/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html
At least 12 states have hit pause on their reopening plans as the United States sees a surge in coronavirus cases across the country. With July 4 celebrations approaching, officials are trying not to repeat scenes from Memorial Day, when thousands flocked to beaches, bars and parties while experts cautioned that crowds could lead to spikes in cases down the road.

June 29 – American Exceptionalism on the Virus
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/briefing/coronavirus-mississippi-new-england-patriots-your-monday-briefing.html
It can sometimes seem as if the entire world is suffering from a new coronavirus outbreak. There have been cases at food markets in Beijing, nightclubs in South Korea, meatpacking plants in Britain and Germany, nail salons in Ontario, and restaurants, bars and churches across the southern and western United States.

June 29 – People are suing Austria for failing to prevent a mass coronavirus outbreak at a ski resort
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/people-are-suing-austria-for-failing-to-prevent-a-mass-coronavirus-outbreak-at-a-ski-resort/
Berlin — The Austrian ski resort of Ischgl is a renowned winter party spot for the European ski set. But its famous après-ski party scene may have helped make it one of Europe's most concentrated clusters of coronavirus infections.

June 28 – EU will indeed ban Americans when borders reopen
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/breaking-eu-will-indeed-ban-americans-when-borders-reopen/ar-BB15Tcd9?ocid=sf&fbclid=IwAR1H6fjuDu5_0eHnNzJQjJLkMLqShaxw7Pj1VlRft2R21MkZm4HWM37ga0A
The Times reports most travelers from the U.S. and Russia among a few other countries’ citizens won’t be welcomed because they have not been able to control the spread of coronavirus. The list was finalized this week, but still needs to be approved by leaders from each country, but according to Times’ sources no changes are expected.

June 25 – CDC adds 3 new coronavirus symptoms to list
https://www.foxnews.com/health/cdc-adds-3-new-coronavirus-symptoms-to-list
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recently added three new symptoms of the novel coronavirus to its ongoing list. Congestion or runny nose, nausea, and diarrhea were added, joining the list that included fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell and sore throat.

June 25 – U.S. sets another single-day record for coronavirus cases
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/25/coronavirus-live-updates-us/
Across the United States, almost 38,500 new coronavirus infections were reported by state health departments by Thursday evening. Texas, Alabama, Missouri and Nevada reported daily highs. The death toll also spiked, to about 2,500, as New Jersey added 1,854 probable deaths to its overall tally.

June 24 – From China to Germany, the world learns to live with coronavirus
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/world/europe/countries-reopening-coronavirus.html
China is testing restaurant workers and delivery drivers block by block. South Korea tells people to carry two types of masks for differing risky social situations. Germany requires communities to crack down when the number of infections hits certain thresholds. Britain will target local outbreaks in a strategy that Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls “Whac-A-Mole.”

June 23 – Delta Air Lines confirms some 500 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and 10 have died
https://www.11alive.com/article/travel/delta-air-lines-confirms-covid19-cases-deaths/85-5f9f8221-d95f-4354-8a91-9fbd2666614a
Delta Air Lines has confirmed numerous COVID-19 cases among workers and at least 10 deaths. The cases, roughly 500 of them, include some workers in the airline's headquarters city of Atlanta.

June 23 – Europe may issue a travel ban for Americans because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the US
https://www.businessinsider.com/europe-travel-ban-americans-coronavirus-2020-6
The European Union is planning to reopen its borders on July 1, allowing some travelers in for the first time since the closure as the coronavirus pandemic worsened in March. However, Americans might not be welcome.

June 22 – How the coronavirus recovery is changing cities
https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2020-city-in-recovery/#storeSection
If one thing is certain, it's that our definition of normal has changed. After months in lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, cities are reopening — some with masks and social distance, others with still growing numbers of infection. It’s unclear what cities will look like in a year or more, but in many areas the landscape is starting to shift.

June 22 – WHO reports biggest one-day rise in coronavirus cases to date
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/17/world/europe/uk-contact-tracing-coronavirus.html
The world saw the largest daily increases yet in coronavirus cases over the weekend, though infections slowed in China and South Korea. In Brazil, the United States, Iraq and India, many hospitals are scrambling to cope. Despite clear progress in containing the virus in some regions, the number of new cases has soared globally in recent days.

June 22 – Coronavirus: Brazil becomes second country to pass 50,000 deaths
https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-latin-america-53132225
Brazil has recently been recording about 1,000 deaths a day, although figures at weekends tend to be lower. Many experts believe the lack of testing nationally - some of them say the level is 20 times less than needed - suggests the overall figures could be considerably higher.

June 22 – Global Report: South Korea has Covid-19 second wave as Israel ponders new lockdown
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/22/coronavirus-global-report-new-covid-19-cases-surge-south-korea-israel
Authorities in South Korea have said the country is experiencing a second wave of the coronavirus in and around Seoul, and warned that stronger physical-distancing measures will be reimposed if the daily increase in infections does not come down.

June 21 – Coronavirus in ‘new and dangerous phase’ as cases hit record daily high
https://www.cnet.com/google-amp/news/coronavirus-in-new-and-dangerous-phase-as-cases-hit-record-daily-high/
The World Health Organization recorded 183,020 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, the largest increase in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic. The growing case numbers are driven largely by two countries: the US and Brazil.

June 21 – Is it OK to travel to national parks now?
https://www.deseret.com/platform/amp/indepth/2020/6/21/21278199/coronavirus-colorado-travel-covid-19-grand-county-rocky-mountain-national-park-hiking
Last year, over 327 million people visited national parks, and while concerns over the pandemic may dissuade some from visiting, a camping trip is also one of the few viable trips people can make this year.

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/.