I don’t often post “editorial pieces” though my opinion is usually fairly transparent. Nonetheless, I try to avoid “directional” posts, but this is one such, today.
Although not a travel website, In Tenerife is obviously concerned with an island that is a significant tourist draw, and we have had quite a few discussions over recent weeks and months as to the value of tourism during a pandemic, and whether visitors were being selfish when they claimed they were just “in need of a holiday” when others were simply concerned about just being able to keep breathing.
Those who adopted that standpoint, including myself, have been on the receiving end of attitudes that were rather dismissive … when they weren’t outright insulting. And so, rather than rely on the general views of Facebook virology “experts”, HERE is a BMJ-published Aberdeen University Study on the effects of international travel on the spread and mortality of the pandemic in western Europe.
This is peer-reviewed science published in the British Medical Journal … not Facebook crapology. It finds that many lives could have been saved, and still could be saved, if people would only just stop moving around. The Study compares the 37 most severely affected countries and investigates the various ways in which transmission could have been affected, including demographic density and distribution, age, average body mass index and smoking prevalence … and found that the biggest factor was international travel.
Some countries around the world are in the second wave. Others have come through it. Yet others are already in a third wave. The vaccination programme is set to take all of this year and some of next and will still in all likelihood not be complete at that point. And there are some experts who think that immunity will last all of six months and so we might need two vaccines a year. And it will take over 18 months to get through the main priority groups in the first vaccination programme! Vaccines alone are not going to do this for us.
People can travel safely, but clearly not in the numbers they have done in the past. This is a whole new world, never mind a whole new normal.