Travel and the Swine flu:
World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman, Gregory Hartl said that they consider travel restrictions and border closures to be ineffective because people who would be screened could be infected but not yet showing symptoms.
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“Border controls don’t work. Screening doesn’t work,” Hartl said, describing the economically damaging travel bans as basically pointless in public health concerns.
“A pandemic is not considered inevitable at this time,” said Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director general for health security and environment. “The situation is fluid and the situation continues to evolve.”
He goes on to say, “At this time, containment is not a feasible option. The virus has already spread quite far. With the virus being widespread, closing borders or restricting travel really has very little effect in stopping the movement of this virus.”
Fukuda urged people who are sick not to travel and travelers who become ill should seek medical attention.
Travel insurance should cover you if you come down with the flu and cannot travel or need to come home and as a general medical condition. However a fear of traveling someplace, such as Mexico, is not covered. For more details of what we heard from our insurance company click here. http://www.squaremouth.com/travel-advice/swine-flu-travel-guard-statement-april-28-2009/