The coronavirus fever outburst in February 2020.
And we should have known since the beginning, as in mid-December the first news about the infection started to leak out from Wuhan, in China. We are experiencing globalization after all, where merchandises and people are constantly moving and diseases do travel accordingly. So, infection spread to the rest of Asia and has now reached Europe.
THE SITUATION IN ITALY
First, we must say the reaction of Italy has been timely. The Italian healthcare system, which is free and public, is often taken as an example for its best practices, and the expertise of the medical personnel has reached a worldwide recognition.
As we all know, prevention and verified information are the key to avoid infection.
What are then the symptoms of the new coronavirus? In 95% of the cases, high temperature and cough, and in 5% pneumonia and severe respiratory distress.
However we must point out what doctors have been claiming so far: the majority overcomes the disease with no need of any special healing.
CORONAVIRUS: CAN I VISIT VICENZA?
I live only 18 miles away from the village of Vo’ Euganeo, near Padua, where the virus has been first detected. I wish to reassure those who follow us from abroad and are subject to alarming news from the media.
Here in Vicenza, we are experiencing quarantine. As a precaution, museums, bars and stores not selling essential items shall be closed for a few days more. We strinctly follow the indications of authorities and do not move if not necessary. Anyway, sick people are also starting to recover and go back home from hospital.
So, the answer to your question is that we are confident you can soon visit Vicenza and the Veneto region.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE BOOKED A TOUR WITH VICENZA TOUR GUIDE:
- You booked a tour in March and April 2020 and now you are willing to cancel: no worry, we value your health more than our salaries. Ask your guide to postpone the tour: if she/he is available, will be more than happy to meet your request.
- You booked a tour from May on and now you don’t know what you are going to do: it is possible the coronavirus won’t survive the heat of Springtime, so we suggest you keep your booking and postpone decision. When you come, you’ll receive our warm welcome, and we’ll be happy to show you the beauties of our wonderful region.
- You are willing to book a tour with us in 2020, but you are afraid of losing your money in case the issue doesn’t settle. Please keep in mind there are no cancellation fees until 48 hours before the tour starts. Check our cancellation policy here.
So, what are you waiting for? Don’t give up your dream destination and book now your tour in Veneto!
(Published in March 2020)
The author of this blogpost is Chiara Pesavento, to contact her please visit www.guidaturisticavicenza.com, or see the list of our guides.
For further information about prevention and healthcare, please visit the Italian Civil Defence website: http://www.protezionecivile.gov.it/home
And meanwhile, remember to travel with fantasy.
We can hardly wait to meet you when all this will be over.