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Coronavirus and Travel Plans: Utah Instead of Vietnam

Coronavirus and Travel Plans: Utah Instead of Vietnam
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Published on February 27, 2020

My article on the coronavirus and whether to change travel plans to Vietnam in May drew many, many comments from Patient Power followers. Thank you for that! Geraldine, who recently visited Vietnam plainly said, “Don’t go!”

“I am in Vietnam just now on holiday from the U.K.  Everyone is wearing face masks, and at airports and hotels your temperature is taken. We changed itinerary and did not go north to Hanoi. We are in Saigon and then flying to Danang then Con Dao. Planes are nearly empty.”

utahSo, we scurried and switched our plans going to Vietnam via plane in a few weeks to going by car and touring Utah. It’s not terribly far from where we live in Southern California, but our hope is the wide-open spaces of national parks like Zion, Bryce and several others will have no risk of the virus! No matter what, we are now vigilant about regular hand washing and staying away from people who may be coughing. 

As for Vietnam, we thought it best and maybe optimistic, to reschedule our trip rather than cancel it. Hopefully September will be a better time.   Obviously, fingers crossed that this virus will peter out by then.  We will continue to follow all the news reports and re-evaluate as the time approaches.

Currently, Vietnam has 16 cases and thousands in quarantine. I feel bad for Asian countries like Vietnam and its people where the tourist boom is just now a tourism bust. 

While we briefly considered heading to Europe, Italy specifically, today’s newspaper reports an outbreak there as well and strict controls on public assemblies in some regions. So, the best tactic now is stay in the U.S. For me, with a diminished immune system and strict warnings from my cancer physicians, I am re-orienting my adventurous spirit and accepting heavy doses of wisdom! But I am determined to go on enjoying life! 

I thank you, my dear readers, for your advice, wish all of us happy, healthy days and travel excursions that make sense in the current environment. My prayer is “this too shall pass!”

I welcome your comments, advice and stories of travel rearrangement. Send them to

I wish you and your family the best of health! 

~Andrew Schorr

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