News

Adults Over 60 Discouraged from Traveling – Because of Coronavirus

Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr
Rene’s Points For Better Travel, a division of Chatterbox Entertainment, Inc. has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Rene’s Points For Better Travel and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is suggesting people over 60 years of age and those with underlying health problems to “strongly consider avoiding activities that involve large crowds, such as traveling by airplane, going to movie theaters, attending family events, shopping at crowded malls, and going to religious services.”

“This ought to be top of mind for people over 60, and those with underlying health problems, such as heart or lung disease, diabetes, or compromised immune systems,” CDC adviser Dr. William Schaffner told CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen. “The single most important thing you can do to avoid the virus is reduce your face to face contact with people.”

My father-in-law is about to celebrate his 80th birthday and said (in a colorful way unprintable here) that coronavirus won’t stop him from attending a boys weekend in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks. Frankly, he’s very healthy and has the energy of people a third of his age. (He’s like Chuck Norris: he doesn’t get coronavirus — coronavirus gets him 😉 ).

On a grimmer note, though, “Schaffner and (Former Minnesota state epidemiologist Michael) Osterholm said data from China shows that elderly people and those with underlying health issues are most at risk of becoming seriously ill and of dying from the novel coronavirus. Younger and healthier people often get only mild to moderate symptoms, or sometimes no symptoms at all.”

Folks over 60: will this news impact your travel plans? Or is full steam ahead?

Featured image: ©iStock.com/IPGGutenbergUKLtd

HT: Larry K.

Great *No Annual Fee* Cards!

Chase Freedom Flex Mastercard

Chase Freedom Flex
5% quarterly cashback bonus categories, plus select grocery and travel purchases!
$200 welcome bonus offer!

U.S. Bank Altitude Go Visa Signature Card U.S. Bank Altitude Go Visa Signature Card
4X on dining, including food delivery and takeout
2X at grocery stores and delivery, gas stations, and streaming

American Express Blue Cash Everyday Card

Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express 
3% cashback at grocery stores (up to $6,000 in annual purchases)
2% cashback at US gas stations and select US department stores!

Chase Freedom Unlimited Visa credit cardChase Freedom Unlimited
$200 welcome bonus offer!
5% cash back on select grocery store purchases!

Terms apply. Explore more cashback cards or no annual fee cards now!

Rene’s Points For Better Travel, a division of Chatterbox Entertainment, Inc. has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Rene’s Points For Better Travel and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


Responses are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

7 Comments

  1. It’s the same precautions to follow as the flu. Geezzz… such a “sky is falling” mentality of so many people.

  2. Joanne Gray Reply

    Over 60??????
    I’m 62 and in better health than women in their forties.

  3. I’ll be traveling just after my 61st birthday, and we’re not canceling our central Europe trip. We’re healthy and we’ll exercise a bit of caution and should be OK.

  4. The information provided by the CDC is being misreported. The CDC never mentions air travel or the age 60 years old. The CDC says:

    Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because:

    As people age, their immune systems change, making it harder for their body to fight off diseases and infection.
    Many older adults are also more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness.

    What to do if you are at higher risk:
    Stay at home as much as possible.
    Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
    When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
    Avoid crowds.
    Stay up to date on CDC Travel Health Notices.

    Then CNN says:

    This advice from the CDC comes as two top infectious disease experts with ties to the federal government have advised people over 60 and those with underlying health problems to strongly consider avoiding activities that involve large crowds, such as traveling by airplane, going to movie theaters, attending family events, shopping at crowded malls, and going to religious services.

  5. Stacey Karabegovic Reply

    of course, it changes my plan! the best thing about aging is that I recognize arrogance and foolishness. here is nothing brave about those of us in good health boasting a cavalier approach to the containment of the virus. a virus in the lower respiratory is a wretched thing!

  6. Something also to remember — Those of us who may have strong systems, might not display symptoms or have overt illness.

    However we would still be carriers of the virus (be is flu or covid-19). And that can impact those we come in contact with who may have weaker constitutions.

  7. My wife and I are 60 and just returned from a Caribbean cruise and Las Vegas a month ago. I say go and take proper care. We did have plans to visit China and Singapore in April. All those plans were canceled by the airline. I would have wanted to cancel anyway as taking proper care and avoiding additional risk.

Write A Comment

BoardingArea