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by willem jongman
7 Apr 2020, 6:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12862

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

The science is unequivocal about the three main causes of viral epidemics: proximity to (large numbers) of animals, high population numbers and connectivity/travel. All three have increased for the last century and a half.
by willem jongman
7 Apr 2020, 4:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12862

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

The way virus infections can become a pandemic has a lot to do with the volume of travel and connection.
by willem jongman
7 Apr 2020, 4:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12862

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

I could not agree more that we may have to restrain our travel.
by willem jongman
18 Mar 2020, 10:28am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12862

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

The Dutch government has asked everyone not to leave the country since our foreign office and embassies are already working flat out to help the current 200000 people who are still abroad to get back with all the current travel restrictions in many countries. The staff and students of the Dutch arch...
by willem jongman
18 Mar 2020, 8:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12862

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

Here in the north of the Netherlands at least supermarkets are fully stocked. A few days ago when the message came to work from home as much as possible the wine section took a hit for a day but that was it. My principal concern now is to support local shops. I had just bought a new business suit an...
by willem jongman
15 Mar 2020, 4:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12862

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

Here in the Netherlands only those are tested who have serious symptoms, so the actual number of people infected is much higher. To get a decent estimate our public health authority also tests samples from people without symptoms. The best current estimate seems to be 6000 people infected in the ent...
by willem jongman
15 Mar 2020, 9:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12862

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

I expect the Netherlands or at least the southern part of it to be in almost complete lockdown within one or two weeks if not sooner. The same will happen in the UK given your rapidly rising numbers. I am now off for a quivk ride in tbe country wthout any stops for pubs etc. However I am sure this w...
by willem jongman
14 Mar 2020, 8:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12862

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

The argument about the elderly is that they may be fit but are still far more vulnerable. So the virologist said that if the young continue partying, get infected but only experience mild symptoms, the elderly may get infected as well but die.
by willem jongman
14 Mar 2020, 8:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12862

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

I noticed that the UK has indeed. Our senior university virologist (and WHO expert) working in the Rotterdam medical school just said in an interview that we should all practice social isolation wherever possible. It is the only way to get on top of the virus. Do you really have to have a birthday p...
by willem jongman
14 Mar 2020, 1:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12862

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

This is happening everywhere, and for a reason, even though it may not make much of a difference. The important thing is that the virus is spreading and that contacts should be reduced as much as possible. The UK is running a bit behind the European continent, so awareness does not seem to have reac...
by willem jongman
13 Mar 2020, 2:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12862

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

Things are likely to be different in a few months, or at least that is what we all hope. In the meantime it will certainly get rather worse, but the same also applies to the UK. You are a little bit behind us, but only just a little bit.
by willem jongman
13 Mar 2020, 10:00am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12862

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

The Dutch government has just cancelled all university teaching and examinations, banned all meetings above 100 people, cancelled both large sports events and amateur sports, and asked everyone in the country to work from home as much as possible. My university has also imposed a travel ban. In shor...
by willem jongman
10 Mar 2020, 6:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12862

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

I have a work trip planned for Split in mid April but I do not expect this to happen (what is a conference on Roman Archaeology without the Italians?). Around the same time we have a family vacation planned for the UK for old times' sake staying in college accommodation in Cambridge - not likely eit...
by willem jongman
10 Mar 2020, 6:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12862

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

In Israel all tourists have just been ordered to leave the country.
by willem jongman
26 Feb 2020, 6:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12862

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

I would think it is now too late for any insurance, but normally the condition for reimbursement would be a negative government travel advisory. Thus far we have no cases in the Netherlands, but I am sure it is only a matter of time before we will have the first one.