WITH the corona virus epidemic continuing to spread, the travel service industry has experienced a large decrease in the number of requests, which has led to falling prices for airplane tickets, hotels and others.

This makes some people interested in cheap travel, but taking into account the risk of global disease. But is it safe to travel amid the corona virus outbreak?

At present, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appealed to all tourists to cancel trips to Italy, China, South Korea and Iran. The CDC also urges travelers with old age or chronic medical conditions to postpone traveling to Japan.

According to Erika Richter, Senior Director at the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) suggested choosing countries with short distances to travel, also not to choose countries with travel advisory status, namely the state of danger given by the CDC or local government.

He explained that at this time, it was suggested to monitor various information related to the spread of the virus outbreak. As a daily situation report made by WHO and CDC.

The report contains a list of countries with corona virus cases, the number of cases, the number of deaths, the number of local and imported transmissions in a country, as well as the risk of corona virus transmission.

He also explained that the current situation continues to change, and everyone has a different level of risk of contracting, so you should consult with your doctor before deciding to travel.

Richter also provides tips on how to take advantage of falling prices without having to travel anytime soon, namely to use the services of a travel advisor.

“You can book a trip for later from now on,” Richter said.

Whatever you do, traveling or staying at home, the most effective way to ensure personal safety is to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and stay away from people who are sick. [antaranews/photo special]