Adventures in Missions has both an internal Risk Management team and external risk management consultants who are monitoring this situation on a daily - sometimes hourly - basis. As this was first hitting the news in January 2020, we proactively took inventory of all current and future team locations and flight itineraries and made adjustments so that no one would be serving in or flying through high risk areas of China. The list of flight restrictions, and the routes of future trips, may shift as airlines and countries respond to new areas of outbreak.
We are monitoring multiple sources and advisors from around the world, including:
Adventures in Missions travelers are covered by international medical insurance that not only provides reimbursement for medical bills, but also assists with a variety of advisory and other non-medical services typical when traveling outside a home country. The link below is a summary of the Coronavirus from our carrier’s chief medical officer and recommendations on precautions all travelers should take.
“Should I worry about COVID-19? If you are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading, have not travelled from one of those areas, or have not been in close contact with someone who has and is feeling unwell, your chances of contracting COVID-19 are currently low. However, it’s understandable that you may feel stressed and anxious about the situation. It’s a good idea to get the facts to help you accurately determine your risks so that you can take reasonable precautions.”
Adventures in Missions is staying on top of the new protocols being put in place as countries take steps to protect their own borders, and we are instructing our team and squad leadership to stress the importance of basic precautionary actions such as handwashing. In addition, we have re-evaluated such things as how far our participants can venture from their home base on their adventure days and have set new protocols for immediate medical treatment if they are not feeling well.
At this point, we are still sending teams to Asia and all other scheduled locations. Our staff has continued to travel in and out of Asia without issue. Airports are using thermal scans and anyone with a fever will be detained, so we are asking anyone in this category to stay put where they are rather than risk a mid-travel quarantine. We will make sure that anyone who cannot travel has someone staying with them.
We will continue to monitor this as it evolves and are prepared to make changes in response to new developments.