Fortis Global’s COVID-19 Response
In a world that’s drastically changing, here’s what we know…
This pandemic has changed how we live and how and when we can travel. After weeks — even months — of shutdowns, the U.S. is beginning to slowly reopen, with state, county, and city leaders taking different approaches with varied timing and guidelines. Many countries continue to experience COVID-19 outbreaks and are implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.
The way we plan travel has changed, too. For instance, the travel and hotel websites and resources many use to book might not all be offering the most up-to-date information about availability and safety practices.
Fortis Global has been tasked with researching and documenting the impact of COVID-19 throughout the country via high-level daily briefings and updates, as well as data and analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We remain hyper-informed of all related issues and changes as they arise.
Given the constantly changing guidelines and the absolute need to stay safe and healthy, travelers are going to need help and expertise to navigate this new world, but they don’t have to do it alone. Fortis Global is preparing our members so when they need to travel again, they can be confident they’re traveling under the Fortis Global shield of protection.
At Fortis Global, our members’ safety is our highest priority.
Fortis Global’s mission is to reduce exposure and assure preparedness to obstacles that can arise during global travels. With our mission at the forefront of our endeavors, we are focused on providing our members with guidance and best practices to observe as they navigate the evolving COVID-19 outbreak.
Our team of Associate Travel Gurus (ATGs) monitors updates on a daily basis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), federal agencies, and other global health and travel organizations in an effort to share the most current and comprehensive information with our members.
We have developed the best practices below for our current and prospective members to best protect themselves against the spread of COVID-19:
In the Air
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel as a result of the global impact of COVID-19.
As a result of this advisory, many airlines have reduced international flight schedules. Due to the inability to maintain social distancing on crowded flights, the CDC advises there may be an increased risk for exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. In general, if you must travel by air we suggest you implement the preventive steps outlined below and frequently updated on the CDC COVID-19 Travel page.
On the Ground
The best way to prevent illness is by avoiding exposure to the virus. The CDC recommends the following preventative measures to protect you and your family. More information can be found here.
- Clean your hands thoroughly and often
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care in the case of severe symptoms
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces daily
- Monitor your health and be alert for COVID-19 symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms outlined by the CDC).
Cruise passengers are at an increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases per the CDC. Due to the increased risk of transmission of COVID-19 on cruise ships, the U.S. government is advising all U.S. travelers to defer all cruise travel. If you have recently returned from traveling on a cruise ship or a river cruise voyage, the CDC recommends you should stay home for 14 days after returning home. See more specific guidelines here.
You can stay informed on the CDC’s COVID-19 updates specific to your region here.
The Fortis Global team wishes you and your family good health and peace of mind. We invite you to use us as a resource during these unprecedented times. Our commitment is to offer the Fortis community the full benefit of the protection of the Fortis shield.
Stay safe. Be well.
How You Can Help:
Following are links to organizations you can support that are aiding in COVID-19 relief efforts.