London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) May 15, 2009 -- The dramatic imparting of information surrounding Swine Flu has given way to a mass worry, which, intentional or not, has resulted in travellers becoming wary of frequenting airports and taking flights. It seems here more than anywhere else; the transaction of anything contagious is heightened: an enclosed space, i.e. an aeroplane, with recycled air, is a fertile environment for the spreading of germs. A combination of headlines, images and alarming statistics, crammed together in a short burst of newsworthy time, has inevitably fended off holiday-makers.
Because of this, the swine flu outbreak, as a deterrent, could prove a greater threat to the travel industry than the credit crunch. With the World Health Organisation's official tally of swine flu cases worldwide exceeding 1,500 yesterday, travellers are increasingly reluctant to holiday abroad.
However, as off-putting as this may have been for anybody planning a summer holiday this year, there are reasons, still, perhaps to plan ahead. Recent figures illustrate that for the time being at least, the swine flu virus, has actually declined at its place of origin, Mexico, which presumably should have rippling effects across the world.
The Mexican health minister recently declared that the virus had appeared to have reached its most fearsome peak and now appeared to be fading. For the moment, at least, a fear that risk of a global pandemic would rage, is a fear that lurks at alert status 5, and has done so now for some time. Whilst this may not relax the masses, it dims some of the panic; it has been noted that infections outside Mexico have largely been mild and are treatable thanks to the antiviral medication, Tamiflu.
Whilst pharmaceutical companies like Roche profit from hugely increased sales of Tamiflu, leading travel companies such as DialAFlight are tempting nervous travellers with cheap flights to the United States. It seems the summer can still be saved: official advice recommends that with basic hygiene practices the outbreak need not prevent flights abroad, and there are no restrictions on international travel. America, despite being close to the Mexican border, has had just two fatalities, which should throw caution, but not alarm.
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