The coronavirus panic is rapidly ramping up as it spreads, and as a byproduct, the US and other countries are limiting travel, but an unspoken group is being caught in the crossfire – long-distance couples.
Maintaining a long-distance relationship is already a difficult uphill battle, with visiting time being a blessing that is seized at every opportunity. The coronavirus’ unwavering stampede has shut down flights, keeping couples across waters separated with no means to reach one another. Toppled with information being so contradictory and stances changing out of the blue, optimism is at an all-time low and things are truly looking bleak.
The Vice President Mike Pence was put in charge, a man who notoriously mishandled the aids epidemic in Indiana.
When Trump announced that those living in Europe were no longer going to be able to travel to the United States of America, many were worrying about the UK’s recent future, and calling up Delta airlines to find that their lines were too busy to even put you on a six-hour hold made it abundantly clear that there were a lot of distraught travelers thrown to the wayside.
It’s an understandable call of action that the US is not alone in making, but it seems almost redundant to make such a move when their healthcare system is failing their citizens as is – who knows how many are truly infected? There are reports of people being turned away from testing. America’s acts are no doubt confusing, especially given the fact that the Vice President Mike Pence was put in charge, a man who notoriously mishandled the aids epidemic in Indiana. Will cutting off travel even help them? There’s a lot of questions to be asked, and a lot of people stranded.
For context, I’m dating an American and I had a flight booked to visit the country at the end of March, and after the news, I decided to call Delta to find out whether my flight was canceled, given that I’ve heard nothing from them. To give an inside perspective on those who are struggling with travel in the context of the recent outbreak, all I can truly say is that it’s heartbreaking and bewildering. With phone call hold times being too long to sit through and no updates or communication being given from airlines, it’s tough to figure out what’s going on, and catching headlines is the best that can be done at the moment.
The worst part is the uncertainty – when will travel resume? When will the coronavirus scare die down, allowing for normality to return? How long will it be before I can next book a flight? I’m hoping the answer is soon, but President Donald Trump snapped from calling the Coronavirus a democratic hoax to declaring a national emergency, so looking to those in power for help is like jumping into a pool of piranhas and expecting to find the cure to cancer. It’s not going to happen.
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Last modified: 16th March 2020