Feeling Tired of Social Distancing? Check Out One of the Safest Places to Travel in 2020
China is gradually relaxing the rule that citizens should stay home given that the situation continues to stabilize
By G-MEO Team, March 23rd. 2020
China is gradually relaxing the rule that citizens should stay home given that the situation continues to stabilize - A cute young kid enjoying spring blossoms in Chengdu. (Photo taken on March 18th, 2020 in Chengdu, Sichuan)
What to Expect? COVID-19 Trends Summary in Early 2020
When you think about making travel plans for 2020, you will most likely first consider what place may be one of the safest places to travel to during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On February 12th, 2020, China had reached its peak of coronavirus infections, reporting 16,265 new confirmed cases in just one day. However, on March 11th, 2020, China had only 25 new cases confirmed across the entire country. At the same date, while the number of new confirmed cases is declining significantly in China, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that the COVID-19 outbreak can be characterized as a pandemic due to the rates of infection continuing to rise in many countries in Asia, Europe, and across the United States.
The US reported 42,283 new confirmed cases on March 23rd, 2020 and is yet to reach its peak as Americans go into lockdown. In contrast, Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province now has zero new confirmed cases, and its citizens have begun to resume their normal lives. China is becoming more and more optimistic. Citizens outside of Wuhan look forward to soon going back to work and resuming their normal lives.
Coronavirus new confirmed cases daily update in China and other countries on March 23rd,2020. (source: DXY.DX Doctor - Coronavirus Real-time Report)
This impressive stabilization and recovery has proved China must did something right about managing and controlling the epidemic, and it is believed to become one of the safest places to travel in the second half of 2020. While the number of cases in Europe and the US grow by the thousands each day, China has made an amazing effort to contain the virus and stop its spread so that people may live safely.
Coronavirus Control in Airports - Shanghai
Shanghai Epidemic Control Center requests those who are affected by the virus at the airport in Shanghai be escorted home or to a quarantine hotel by chartered buses to minimize their contact with others. Those who are sent home are visited by a worker from the residential committee, a police officer, and a doctor from the local center for disease control and prevention to remind them of the mandatory 14-day isolation period to follow.
Citizens Preventing Coronavirus from Spreading
Individual Chinese citizens have also done their best to stop the spread since the outbreak. Most people were very careful to wear masks, wash their hands frequently, and quarantine themselves in their homes. Shops and restaurants also request customers to check their temperature and provide sterilizer in the entrance to protect other customers from the coronavirus. The extensive sanitization and social distancing help people in China to isolate the virus and flatten the epidemic curve in a short amount of time.
An Employee uses a thermometer to check the temperature of a customer at a restaurant, following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, in Hong Kong, China February 1, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)
Fighting COVID-19 pandemic with countries worldwide
China has controlled and stabilized the epidemic there so effectively that other countries are looking to China as a model and potential aid-provider. In fact, China has recently sent a team over to Italy to help curb the spread of the virus there, reported from China Daily. This team was led by the Red Cross Society of China and an expert from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
A group of Chinese experts pose for a group photo before heading to Italy (Photo/CCTV News app)
While the rest of the world begins to see China as a model for how to control and stabilize the Coronavirus, the trend in China continues in a positive direction. At this rate, China has become the most successful country at stopping the coronavirus, making it one of the safest places to travel and live.