Should You Travel During The Coronavirus Outbreak?

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Should You Travel During The Coronavirus Outbreak?

With new cases of novel coronavirus reported daily in countries across the globe, many travelers are wondering if they should cancel or postpone existing plans and hold off on booking trips.

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“Should I cancel my trip to Rome and Florence?” one CNN reader is wondering. “What is the threshold for rethinking domestic travel plans?,” another asks.

Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer.

It’s very much an individual calculation, experts say, taking a number of factors – the traveler, their companions, the destination and more – into consideration.

In a situation that’s unpredictable and evolving quickly, solid information is key.

“Find a very small number of sources of information that you trust, and you trust them both because they’re competent and because you think they’re working on your behalf,” advises Baruch Fischhoff, a psychologist and professor in the department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.