COVID-19: The Effect of a Pandemic on Business Travel


April 13th – Our lifestyles, the economy, and world health have all been flipped upside down due to COVID-19. The idea of traveling abroad is almost unthinkable. When you look at the possibilities of how this virus has turned into a pandemic, world travel plays a key role. As the cases begin to decline, and world powers begin to open their borders, companies should begin planning on how they’re going to keep traveling employees safe. Before outlining how Riskovery can help, we think it’s important to share information on COVID-19, it’s symptoms, and how serious this pandemic has become.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are in close contact of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Common symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath.

As of April 13th, the number of confirmed cases globally are 1,909,884 and the number of deaths globally are 118,516. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19, making these numbers even more worrisome. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often. Social Distancing will be key to slow the infection rate to allow healthcare facilities to operate at capacity rather than over capacity.

When the borders open and travel begins to become less of an afterthought, Riskovery can help. As we’ve seen with COVID-19, during a pandemic an entire country can be shutdown, stranding traveling employees. Even worse, what if an employee is in a place where the cases have skyrocketed and contact has been lost? Riskovery proactively works to reestablish contact, identifying where the employee is and why contact was lost.

COVID-19 eventually will have a vaccine and all thanks should go to our medical researchers, hospital care, and any employee on the frontline who has helped the world beat this deadly virus. When that day comes, protect your company with Riskovery.

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