One of the main issues facing travelers and the travel industry is the unpredictability of the Coronavirus. Areas that have lower cases or more strict precautions are susceptible to renewed outbreaks, leaving travelers in the lurch and uncertain if their planned trip is safe or even worth it. However, John Hopkins University has tried to quantify for travelers what they might be asking themselves, answering the big questions these days: “Is it safe to go there?”
It has been very clear since the beginning of the virus that an uptick of cases indicates a likely surge in a specific region. Being able to notice these upticks and notify those who would be traveling is the first step in creating an environment where people could feel safe in travelling again. John Hopkins University has done just that.
They’ve created a color-coded map of the United States, giving each state a color based on their likelihood for a second wave of Coronavirus, or even if it is just likely to see another surge in cases before the year is out. The colors go from a soft blue (indicating safety), to a deep red (highlighting a frightening increase in recent case numbers).
Safe and not so safe destinations
Among the states, Idaho and South Dakota have the highest percentages, in the 20’s. This indicates a nearly certain second wave of Coronavirus cases. Other states — like Wisconsin, Iowa, Nevada, and Kansas — also have numbers that are nearly three times higher than what the CDC recommends. Another five states — Alabama, Florida, Utah, Wyoming, and Indiana — also have numbers that are disconcerting, although they are lower than the previously mentioned states.
Overall, more than half of the 50 states have numbers that are concerning for health experts. There is a bright side, however, with nearly 20 states having a less than 5% growth in their cases, which is below the guidelines set by health officials. What this means for travelers in the US is that they should be careful when crossing state guidelines, and should check beforehand to see where they are going, and what might be the safest path. When passing through a state with a higher uptick in cases, it may be best to save that bathroom break for a little later… or at the very least, come prepare with a movie and snacks to distract the kids.
See the tool here