As the summer is approaching and millions of people in the U.S. start to plan their holidays, the Puerto RIcan Tourism company is urging travelers to make ‘educated’ choices when it comes to choosing their destinations.
As the word ”Zika” becomes more mainstream, the executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), Ingrid L, underscores just how important it is to making smart travel choices. She says ”While we celebrate the ease and accessibility of global travel, it requires some common sense precaution, no matter where in the world one goes. Education is the key to relishing new adventures without the risk of fear, real and perceived. Accurate information is fears’ best antidote.”
For travelers that are interested in visiting Puerto Rico, the PRTC urges them to read up on the differences between the perceptions about the Zika virus and the realities. Being well informed and knowing the real facts can make the difference between having the time of your life and regretting the trip for the rest of their lives.
First perception is that Puerto Rico is the epicenter of the Zika virus, which is wrong. The first alert was issued by Brazil back in 2015 and the first Zika virus case in Puerto Rico happened in 2015.
Another perception is that everyone who goes to Puerto Rico will get infected with the Zika virus and die. If travelers take some simple and common-sense steps, they can avoid the Zika virus completely. This includes wearing proper clothing while being outside and use insect repellent.
The third perception is that the Zika virus will kill you. The general population have little to fear when it comes to the virus. 80% that are infected with the virus never even show symptoms, even if they do, they last for no more than 7 days.
The fourth perception is that everyone in Puerto Rico has the Zika virus. At the time of this article, there’s less than one percent of the 3.5 million residents have the actual virus.
With that said, if you have common sense, read warnings and speak with the local people about where you can go, you will be safe. Even if you do get the virus, you have little to worry about unless you’re pregnant.