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

 

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.

October 29 – A new coronavirus variant is seen spreading across Europe, research says
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/29/coronavirus-variant-seen-spreading-across-europe-research-says.html   
A variant of the coronavirus that is believed to have originated in Spain has spread across Europe and now accounts for most of the new cases reported in several countries in the region, according to the findings of a new study.

October 29 – Brazil’s First Wave Isn’t Over Yet
https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/10/29/brazils-first-wave-not-over-yet-coronavirus-pandemic-manaus-bolsonaro/   
Coronavirus cases are spiking again in the country’s north, threatening to increase strain on public hospitals. This time, local governments face even more political pressure to lift restrictions.

October 28 – India’s coronavirus cases cross 8 million, behind US
https://apnews.com/article/india-coronavirus-8-million-cases-28dbc232869c910cd9bab0c7d5e4ce79   
India’s confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million on Thursday with daily infections dipping to the lowest level this week, as concerns grew over a major Hindu festival season and winter setting in. India’s trajectory is moving toward the worst-hit country, the United States, which has over 8.8 million cases.

October 28 – Sewage testing shows a country flush with coronavirus cases
https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/28/health/covid-sewage-testing-spike/index.html
Across the country, cities and universities are testing sewage to monitor the virus. Studies suggest it's a useful way to augment standard person-by-person coronavirus testing and while a sewage sample cannot point to an infected individual, it can give an indication that infections are circulating in an area, a neighborhood or even in an individual building.

October 26 – U.S. COVID-19 Cases Are Skyrocketing, But Deaths Are Flat—So Far. These 5 Charts Explain Why
https://time.com/5903590/coronavirus-covid-19-third-wave/
In just the last two weeks, the global daily tally for new COVID-19 cases has jumped more than 30%, according to TIME’s coronavirus tracker, which compiles data from Johns Hopkins University. The steep upward trend is driven by viral waves in Europe and the United States that started in August and mid-September, respectively.

October 22 – Covid: Why is coronavirus such a threat?
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-54648684
We have faced viral threats before, including pandemics, yet the world does not shut down for every new infection or flu season. So what is it about this coronavirus? What are the quirks of its biology that pose a unique threat to our bodies and our lives?

October 15 – London and Paris bring in strict new rules as cases surge across Europe
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/10/15/europe/europe-coronavirus-paris-curfew-intl/index.html  
Two of Europe's biggest capitals are in trouble as Paris imposed overnight curfews and London banned people from different households from meeting indoors to combat the spread of coronavirus. The announcements came as countries across Europe tightened restrictions following a surge in Covid-19 case numbers in most countries.

October 15 – 21 states have hit their peak 7-day average of new COVID-19 cases this week
https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/15/health/us-coronavirus-thursday/index.html  
Much of the US continues to report an upward trend in coronavirus cases, with 59,494 new cases reported nationwide on Wednesday alone, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. As of Thursday morning, the nation is now averaging 52,345 new cases a day, up 16% from the previous week, a trend that concerns health experts as we head into the cooler months.

October 15 – Europe scrambles to control coronavirus second wave, with a state of emergency and lockdowns
https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/10/15/europes-coronavirus-crisis-france-state-of-emergency-uk-lockdown.html  
European leaders are scrambling to put a cap on surging coronavirus infections in the region, with governments reimposing sweeping restrictions and shutdowns in an effort to curb infections.

October 13 – Americans are dying in the pandemic at rates far higher than in other countries
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/10/13/923253681/americans-are-dying-in-the-pandemic-at-rates-far-higher-than-in-other-countries
During this pandemic, people in the United States are dying at rates unparalleled elsewhere in the world. A new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that in the past five months, per capita deaths in the U.S., both from COVID-19 and other causes, have been far greater than in 18 other high-income countries.

October 13 – Covid virus ‘survives for 28 days’ in lab conditions
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-54500673  
The virus responsible for Covid-19 can remain infectious on surfaces such as banknotes, phone screens and stainless steel for 28 days, researchers say. The findings from Australia's national science agency suggest SARS-Cov-2 can survive for far longer.

October 9 – Coronavirus: Rapid bed side test shows promise in hospitals
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-54468993
A rapid "bedside" test for coronavirus could help cut the spread of the infection in hospitals, scientists say. In their study, the rapid test took under two hours to show results, while standard tests - which have to be sent to laboratories - took much longer.

October 8 – How will we know a 2nd virus wave has arrived in N.Y.C.?
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/08/nyregion/nyc-coronavirus-second-wave.html
New York is facing the biggest threat of a coronavirus resurgence since the pandemic devastated the city last spring, sparking fears that an anticipated second wave of infections has begun. City and state public health officials have moved to close schools and nonessential businesses in neighborhoods where rising infections and positivity rates have set off alarm bells.

October 8 – New test detects coronavirus in just 5 minutes
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/10/new-test-detects-coronavirus-just-5-minutes
Researchers have used CRISPR gene-editing technology to come up with a test that detects the pandemic coronavirus in just 5 minutes. The diagnostic doesn’t require expensive lab equipment to run and could potentially be deployed at doctor’s offices, schools, and office buildings.

October 8 – Coronavirus can live on human skin for nine hours, study finds
https://www.wfla.com/community/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-can-live-on-human-skin-for-nine-hours-study-finds/ 
A new study out of Japan found that SARS-CoV-2, more commonly known as the coronavirus, can stay alive on human skin for about nine hours. By comparison, a tested strain of more common influenza virus stayed alive for around two hours.

October 8 – Nurse who has seen ‘hundreds of people suffocating to death’ moved to tears
https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/08/us/nurse-reacts-to-trump-downplaying-covid-trnd/index.html
Cristina Hops, who works on the frontlines helping patients fighting coronavirus, said she was upset after reading the President's tweet on Monday, in which he told Americans "don't be afraid of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life." "When I read that and I got home, I was just so angry about it that I felt like I needed to say something," Hops, told CNN.

October 7 – Coronavirus: Why are infections rising again in US?
https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-54423928  
With about 7.5 million coronavirus cases, the US has the highest number of confirmed infections in the world - about one fifth of the global total despite having only 4% of the population. After the initial spike in March, social distancing restrictions gradually brought infections to heel. As states peeled back lockdown measures, cases began to rise, reaching a countrywide high in July.

October 1 – Madrid locks back down as European leaders sound alarm on COVID-19 surges
https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/01/europe/madrid-lockdown-coronavirus-europe-intl/index.html     
Madrid is going back under city-wide lockdown measures after a surge in coronavirus cases in the Spanish capital, in a dramatic move that illustrates the growing intensity of Europe's battle against a snowballing surge of infection.

October 1 – Coronavirus vaccine trial participants report day-long exhaustion, fever and headaches – but say it’s worth it
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/01/coronavirus-vaccine-trial-participants-exhaustion-fever-headaches.html
High fever, body aches, bad headaches and exhaustion are just some of the symptoms five participants in two of the leading coronavirus vaccine trials say they felt after receiving the shots.

October 1 – Coronavirus cases rise in 25 states
https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-cases-increasing-america-states-texas-d87186d3-ce1a-415a-b3ac-bec8a8e09df3.html    
The coronavirus is surging once again across the U.S., with cases rising in 25 states over the past week. We simply have never done a very good job containing the virus, despite losing 200,000 lives in just the past six months, and this is what that persistent failure looks like.

October 1 – China contained COVID-19. Now, hundreds of millions of people there are about to go on vacation at the same time
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/china-golden-week-coronavirus-intl-hnk/index.html
The eight-day Mid-Autumn Festival break is China's first major holiday since it emerged from the coronavirus outbreak. While life has largely returned to normal in recent months, the upcoming "Golden Week" holiday will be an ambitious test of China's success in taming the virus -- and a much-awaited boost to its economic recovery.

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/.