The coronavirus epidemic started in China, exactly in the Wuhan poultry and seafood market. It was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. The epidemic has spread throughout the world with health crisis management and various consequences depending on the country. Europe has been particularly affected like America. In early June 2020, the pandemic ended in Europe with the reopening of internal borders on June 15 and to countries outside the European Union on 1st of July. Mondassur summarizes the different elements and advises you on international health insurance covering this type of ailments. This article is updated very regularly in view of the rapid development of the global health situation. You can thus follow: the evolution of the epidemic in the world, the symptoms of the disease with the precautions to guard against the Covid-19, the international health insurance to cover you against the Covid-19, the travel limitations to abroad with the Coronavirus.
How to travel with the coronavirus epidemic?
Many countries have taken control measures on arrivals of planes from affected areas and some countries have closed their borders to prevent the spread of the virus. The European Union after closing its borders and intra-EU movements reopens the internal borders of the European Union on 15th of June 2020. The European Union’s borders with third countries reopen on 1st of July 2020.
Some countries are implementing policies for welcoming travelers with confinement of new arrivals in quarantine (or fourteen) either systematically, or in the event of detection of fever or a positive test for Covid-19 on arrival at international airports. Travelers must then either be able to prove that they have accommodation to spend their quarantine, or they are placed directly in establishments dedicated to the reception of infected people. Some countries require you to stay in a dedicated establishment while you obtain the results of the tests carried out on your arrival. If they are negative, you are free to move. For people arriving in France from “third” countries (outside geographic Europe), they must complete an exceptional travel certificate and a certificate on the honor of non-contamination with Covid-19.
The WHO as well as the health authorities of the various countries are very vigilant in monitoring the epidemic and the precautions must be followed with great attention. The peak of the epidemic varies depending on the country and the date of the onset of the health crisis. The World Health Organization, WHO, recommends following precautionary health measures in accordance with the local instructions of each country.
We must keep the “barrier gestures” for many more months.
What borders are open with the coronavirus for the holidays this summer?
The situation evolves on a daily basis depending on the progression of the epidemic, the success of periods of deconfinement in the different countries as well as the statements of the different governments. Some countries announce mandatory “fortnight” periods on arrival in the country, however with exemptions that may be extended over time. Some popular summer destinations such as Greece welcome foreign tourists from the 1st of July 2020, subject to strict compliance with barrier gestures with physical distancing, registration of arrivals for monitoring tourists in the country and of course arrival in it. Countries not being infected by Covid-19. Regarding the opening of the EU’s borders with countries outside the EU, the list of countries outside the EU is regularly updated.
What symptoms for the coronavirus epidemic?
The clinical symptoms are those usually observed during winter flu epidemics, namely diffuse muscle pain, fatigue, runny nose, muscle pain. In a second step, come fever and respiratory signs (cough, respiratory discomfort, chest pain). The incubation period is on average 5 days and the onset of the disease is gradual unlike a more brutal flu. The latest findings indicate that the virus could be present in the body for up to 20 days. Depending on the severity of the clinical signs, maintenance is necessary in the hospital for 20% of patients, including 5% in intensive care. In 30% to 60% of people, the infection has no or few clinical manifestations. The major health crisis arises from the fact that the complications of the infection set in very quickly and are very serious with a life-threatening prognosis requiring intensive hospital resources. These complications affect only a small part of the population, the majority of other people can carry the virus without being sick.
Coronaviruses (Cov) are a family of viruses that cause damage to your health ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as MERS or SARS. The most vulnerable are those most affected and should carefully follow these precautions. These are primarily the elderly, people with chronic diseases, newborns and pregnant women. The case fatality rate is around 3 to 5%.
What are the precautions to take to protect yourself against the coronavirus?
- Do not go to public gatherings if presence is not essential (markets, shopping centers, stations, airports, etc.)
- Decrease your social contacts; many countries around the world have called for total containment (nearly 4 billion people were confined at the end of April 2020)
- Wear masks when traveling outside or in contact with a sick person
- Wash your hands very frequently, especially before meals
- Consult as soon as symptoms appear and stay confined
- Contact emergency services if your condition worsens with symptoms
Here are the “barrier gestures” and the applicable hygiene rules in summary:
- keep away from others, minimum 1 meter
- cover your mouth or nose with a tissue or clothes when you cough or sneeze (use your elbow!),
- use a mask in transport or public places
- wash your hands regularly and avoid bringing your hands to your face
- stay home without non-essential travel for someone with symptoms of respiratory infection
What coverage with international health insurance?
You will be covered by good expatriate insurance like GoldExpat worldwide. You will also have the possibility of being covered as soon as you join, given the urgency that this infection can have. Mondassur advises you to take out international health insurance like GoldExpat if you live abroad. Simple repatriation assistance guarantees will not cover you. You will be covered in your country of expatriation and also if you return to France or if you travel.
When it comes to travel insurance for your vacation or study, epidemics are usually not covered. You will need to seek treatment in your country of origin for proper care. Public authorities can also take charge of the consequences of epidemics. If you already have Mondassur insurance and your trip is canceled or postponed, we exceptionally offer to postpone your travel dates. The easiest way is to contact us by email explaining your situation.
What consequences after this coronavirus crisis?
The consequences of this unprecedented health crisis are incalculable and still unpredictable. We hope that this crisis will make the greatest number of citizens, political and economic leaders understand the priority to be given to human health and that of nature. Nature has many healthy carriers of viruses which, if continued to be mistreated, could trigger new and even more deadly health crises. This means putting in place strong and globally coordinated measures to protect the environment, health, education and fight against possible future pandemics. We are only passing through this planet. Viruses know no borders, as this crisis proves, neither pollution and environmental degradation.
More concretely to fight against this coronavirus, a vaccine would only be available at best from the end of 2021 or in 2022. By then, battle plans are being put in place for an economic recovery and future plans for anticipation of a new pandemic…