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Managing Travel Risk in a Pandemic
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May 15, 2020 via ConvergeBlog

There are no modern precedents for the speed and scope with which COVID-19 has disrupted virtually every aspect of human interaction. Within these disruptions are the tectonic shifts impacting how people travel.

For the moment, managing travel risk is relatively straightforward, as it’s incredibly difficult to travel internationally. As restrictions are eased and governments unlock entry prohibitions, the real work of assessing travel risk will begin. The way forward will require a blend of bedrock principles and new metrics.

Before Travel Restarts

Patience and flexibility will be the principles to live by. Maintaining a defensible duty of care will not be possible under the pre-pandemic speed of business. Political expediency will overtake scientific consensus in some locations, leading to a premature unwinding of safety protocols. The risk landscape will require closer inspection and constant re-evaluation. Open for business does not automatically equate to safe for business. Decisions about when and where to travel will necessitate a larger audience than was previously required. While building the process may feel administratively awkward and cumbersome at the outset, as with most things, it will eventually find its own level.'s ConvergeBlog
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Coronavirus & Travel: Everything You Need to Know

May 14, 2020 via Condé Nast

It's the million-dollar question, especially as the virus continues to spread. A few destinations have begun taking the first steps at reopening their cities to domestic travelers, including hard-hit Italy, an example of what may be to come stateside.
How to Make Sure Your Next Hotel Stay is a Safe One

May 13, 2020 via Boston Globe

Whether you need to travel for essential reasons or are starting to plan for upcoming adventures, there are steps you can take — and questions you can ask — to help ensure safe and enjoyable hotel stays.
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Here's How Your Uber Ride Will Change, Starting May 18

May 13, 2020 via TechCrunch

The changes, which includes an online checklist for all users, limits on the number of passengers in vehicles and a face mask verification feature for drivers, aims to stop the spread of COVID-19, the company said Wednesday.
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Threat of Contracting COVID-19 on an Airline is Low
May 6, 2020 via ConvergeBlog

The global COVID-19 pandemic has led to fears that infected airline passengers could spread the disease to everybody else on the aircraft. These fears are largely unfounded, and disease transmission on a commercial airliner is relatively rare. Although the risk of contracting COVID-19 on a commercial airliner is low, the COVID-19 pandemic is having an enormous impact on the global airline industry.
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