Day #111 in lockdown Mumbai, India hotel...Mask or no mask???...More photos from Australia...

Nothing was as beautiful as a sunny day at the beach in Queensland, Australia, five years ago today. 
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Today's photos are from July 12, 2015, while in Trinity Beach, Queensland, Australia. See the link here for more details.

As much as I try to avoid posting about COVID-19, it's become difficult to skirt around the issue when it has such a tremendous impact on our current and future lives of world travel.
A huge contemporary house near the beach.
A while back, I polled our readers and the majority (by a slim margin) stated they didn't want to see controversial posts, conspiracy theories, or politically inspired posts in regard to COVID-19 and we have stayed true to our promise to avoid these types of topics. 

In the process, even Tom and I have gone away from even discussing many of these varying positions to avoid becoming more stressed and agitated. This has been a wise decision.

Generally speaking, Tom and I agree on most aspects of self-protection from the virus, although our opinions may vary on the wearing of face masks which I adhere to with determination and diligence. He has readily embraced the hotel's policy that face masks are to be worn at all times when out of our room. His only resistance is the fact that his glasses become fogged. 
Contemporary house in Holloways Beach.
He'll certainly comply with the airline and airport policies when we finally have the opportunity to fly away. I have no doubt that many couples may not agree on the wearing of face masks, although most agree that social distancing and fervent hand washing is imperative, including both of us.

Our reader's comments asked that we stick to travel-related topics, particularly in regard to COVID-19 and thus we'll continue with today's post in that vein. In today's news, which impacts us greatly in the future, we see that the UK is allowing visitors from 59 countries to enter on international flights (this doesn't include India or the USA) without any type of quarantine measures in place.
Another large home in Holloways Beach.
Doesn't this seem foolhardy? Almost all of those 59 countries (most in the EU) still have rising numbers of cases and deaths from COVID-19. Why would England, which is the #9 position in the world for most cases and deaths (out of 215 entries) so freely allow international visitors without regard for quarantine?

This baffles me. Also, it baffles me on why some people, in mask-required states in the US, are able to receive exemptions from wearing a mask due to "health reasons."

This morning on my first walk I listened to a podcast that popped up on my phone by a highly regarded immunologist/physician stating that there are no health conditions that should prevent a person from wearing a mask if they, in fact, are physically able to be out shopping at Trader Joe's pushing a grocery trolley and screaming when they are confronted, claiming a medical condition.
A small park at Holloway's Beach.
If a person had a serious enough case of asthma, COPD, or other respiratory illness most likely they'd be unable to shop and would be under care at home or in a medical facility.

I don't love wearing a mask. I have asthma and heart disease so when I walk fast in the corridors the mask makes it difficult to breathe. But, I do so regardless. If I couldn't walk with a mask, I'd stop walking. I am no exception to the rule.

Most times, while walking I walk past several staff members and an occasional guest. If I had the virus, what right would I have to infect others while breathing heavily from a fast walk if I had the virus without obvious symptoms? And, the opposite is true.
Double Island made us curious as to what it would be like to visit. Here are the details of visiting Double Island.
Finally, research is coming out that illustrates that wearing a mask not only prevents the spread from infected individuals but also protects the wearer. Yes, there's been conflicting information in regard to this fact and others, since the onset of COVID-19. 

But, as world travelers, it's our responsibility to stay informed as information "changes" as more and more studies are completed in such articles as this here and numerous other recent articles.
Tom looking out to the sea under a roof at the beach.
If we intend to continue to travel in the future, including on land, sea, and air, we must stay on top of each location's safety requirements and laws, as well as methods in which we can best protect ourselves once we travel and eventually land somewhere, regardless of where that may be.

So far, travel prospects out of India continue to look bleak, although there are discussions among leaders about reopening international flights. India has now moved into the world's position #3 of the most number of cases and deaths, from #4 a week ago, now bypassing Russia with the US in #1 position, Brazil in #2, as we predicted one week ago. See this chart here.
More views of the park at the beach.
As mentioned in earlier posts, even if India opens international flights, we'll have to consider which countries will accept us, when both US citizens and visitors to India are being banned. Time will tell.

Please, folks, wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands obsessively. Please pass this post on to your friends and loved ones. Let's put an end to this dreadful time in our history!
Photo from one year ago today, July 12, 2019:
These dilapidated farm buildings represent a period of strife in Ireland when many left the country due to the potato famine. For more details, please click here.


itztru said...

Bravo from a mask wearing former fellow traveler. Stay strong, stay safe, stay smart and stay healthy.

Jessica said...

Itztru, thank you so much for your support on this important topic. Stay safe and healthy.

Warmest regards,
Jess & Tom

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