I have just given my last class for the trimester at the university where I work, and you can really feel that people are nervous about the Corona-Virus. I am not too worried about it myself, but I can definitely understand why people do not want to come to campus or be in a room with a lot of people. Someone posted an interview on the Joe Rogan Podcast with a Disease control expert (Michel Osterholm), and I found it really fascinating. Here is a link if you are interested. After listening to the podcast and learning how the virus spread, I have never been more aware of the space around me or how much contact I have with large groups of people. I know that it is kind of silly to say that since I teach and that comes with the job, but it is an odd feeling to be in a room with 25 souls and consider that one of them might have the bug.
What about our trip? As of right now, we still have plans to travel to South America. There would have to be some really breaking news to stop our trip (which is possible), or a canceling of international travel like the current ban with certain European countries. I purchased some travel insurance just like our previous trips, so I am not too concerned about getting sick or needing to fly back in a moments notice. We will just have to be diligent about the international news.
As of right now we are planning to travel to Mexico City, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia and possibly Chile.