It’s a real decision for me as I have UK wide and international travel planned in the next few weeks. Usually I wouldn’t even think about the risks, having worked all over the world for many years, however feel I need to consciously weigh up the risks of my travel.
The thing is, when considering something like this, there’s facts, fiction and then hype mixed with fear and given I’m no infection control specialist it feels really tricky so have had to boil it down to common sense.
So, here’s my thinking and the questions I’ve asked myself:
- Am I healthy and am in one of the most at risk groups? Yes to the former and no to the latter.
- How likely am I to get it? Who knows! But, from what I can tell, the statistical risks of catching it, let alone dying from it, are tiny – less than other more day to day activities that we participate in.
- Am I from or travelling to a high infection area? No and, for the latter, not that I’m aware. I’ll keep checking the known authorities for news updates.
- If I get any symptoms am I prepared to isolate myself? Definitely.
- What’s the impact to my business and family if I am isolated yet not ill enough to work? None as I am set up to work remotely through email, video and tele-conferencing applications like Teams and Zoom
- What if I get symptoms and isolate myself yet am too ill to work? It’s likely,as I’m healthy, I’ll recover and have a week off with the ‘flu’ and then continue isolating myself for 2 more weeks. Could I and my family cope? Definitely as we have family who could drop off supplies and, if my symptoms are bad, then I may have the worse ‘flu’ ever (as I believe it presents if bad)… yet recover.
- Worse-case scenario, I may die but that seems to be statistically more likely driving my car. Hmmmm…
- Do I want to risk infection and give the virus to my wife and family? Absolutely not.
- Am I prepared to isolate myself now and cancel all travel, even local travel, when there is currently no cases locally or amongst those I know? No, as there is no overt reason to be so drastic. Being pragmatic, life should carry on unless there’s absolute reason not to.
The last two questions are the hardest as it’s not about me but others I may impact. Yet I firmly believe that we should not over-react or succumb to hype. Maybe I’ve missed something?
What’s my conclusion?
Not an easy one but essentially be sensible, weigh up the advice from the authorities and experts, take responsibility for my own safety and actions (to protect my family, friends and local community), monitor the situation, carry on with life as normal and avoid being sucked into the hype by the newspaper and social media headlines.
Ultimately, I’ll make a decision closer to the date of travel as to whether I go. Like all things in life and business there’s no black and white only grey.
What would you do?
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