We are aware of the recent news regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China, and its spread to other countries.  First, we'd like to extend our deepest condolences to persons affected by the virus, and hope they reach speedy recoveries.  As a smaller more personalized educational travel company, Our Human Family is dedicated to working with each of our schools on a one on one level to do right by them.  That may entail working with them to get as much money back for a program that is non-cancelleable, postponing a program where possible, or simply providing objective resources to families to give them peace of mind.


We suggest that you check the CDC and State Department links for the country in which you (or your student) is traveling to for more information on its developments.  These are the two most reliable resources for information related to the virus, and we suggest you consult with these agencies, rather than speculative articles online.


Relevant Links


Cased Confirmed - 

State Department on Corona Virus -


Preventative Actions


There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using facemask.

    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear facemask to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV.

    • Facemask should be used by people who show symptoms of 2019 novel coronavirus, in order to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water when hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

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