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Thread: For those maybe just about to book flights - maybe wait and lets hope this DOESNT become a "thing"? :-(

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    For those maybe just about to book flights - maybe wait and lets hope this DOESNT become a "thing"? :-(

    Sorry firstly I should say MEANT to add a question mark after the topic headline to make it an open question rather than a statement of opinion or fact !


    So as just reported on BBC "breaking news" an hour ago,,,,,Reports of a new variant being discovered in Africa and quotes as below certainly dont fill one with any great rush to head out and book any long haul flights to anywhere just yet perhaps :-( Lets hope when the find out more it fizzles out !


    "One expert described the variant, known as B.1.1.529, as "the worst one we've seen so far", and there is concern it has the potential to evade immunity."
    "he said the variant has a significant number of mutations, "perhaps double the number of mutations that we have seen in the Delta variant" He added: "And that would suggest that it may well be more transmissible and the current vaccines that we have may well be less effective."

    On a plus point ? they did also say "
    it was not clear if the variant was more transmissible or resistant to vaccines and therefore it was too early to judge the risk it poses"



    We'll see I guess.

    The link to the full story,,,,
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59424269


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    Re: For those maybe just about to book flights - maybe wait and lets hope this DOESNT become a "thing"? :-(

    Coming up to two years since this all started. Two years of hope-dashed-hope-dashed-hope-dashed.

    "It's not the despair, I can cope with the despair. It's the hope I can't cope with."
    John Cleese in Clockwise.

    We hear you.

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    Re: For those maybe just about to book flights - maybe wait and lets hope this DOESNT become a "thing"? :-(

    If people were to hold off on booking flights for their vacations until there were no more variants being discovered in the world, they may never get a chance to take a vacation again.

    My position on this is very simple: Get myself fully vaccinated (done). Use common sense when it comes to social distancing, wearing face masks, etc., and, last-but-not-least, live my life the way I see fit.

    More people die from "stress" than anything else, including covid-19. I just remind myself to laugh out loud every time I hear an overly paranoid person freaking out over this bullshit. Laughing is good for the soul.

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    Re: For those maybe just about to book flights - maybe wait and lets hope this DOESNT become a "thing"? :-(

    Indeed!
    The vaccine manufacturers and their agents are all laughing their way to the bank!

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    Re: For those maybe just about to book flights - maybe wait and lets hope this DOESNT become a "thing"? :-(

    Quote Originally Posted by dinagam View Post
    Indeed!
    The vaccine manufacturers and their agents are all laughing their way to the bank!
    It's called capitalism

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    Re: For those maybe just about to book flights - maybe wait and lets hope this DOESNT become a "thing"? :-(

    I've already spent a lot of money on my March trip, much of it refundable but not all. And I did so in a spirit of defiance, knowing full well the risks. One of the reasons was that, after two years, I needed more than a vague hope that one day, sometime in the future, I'd be Thailand-bound.

    By booking-up I have raised my sagging morale enormously, enabling me to endure the dark months ahead with a smile of anticipation.

    Yes, I know it could end in tears but, at the moment, I'm fixated on my preparations. And feel all the better for it.

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    Re: For those maybe just about to book flights - maybe wait and lets hope this DOESNT become a "thing"? :-(

    Quote Originally Posted by Dodger View Post
    If people were to hold off on booking flights for their vacations until there were no more variants being discovered in the world, they may never get a chance to take a vacation again.
    Correct, but I a lot of scientists are flagging up "hey, heres a new thing and we need to look into it as it could be a bigger problem than before" and airlines and the stock market are already factoring that into their thinking and planning then as per my OP IF 'I" was about to press "book" on a long haul flight personally I think I'd think it appropriate to give it a week or so until a bit more information was forthcoming re that perhaps, but each to their own of course.



    Quote Originally Posted by Dodger View Post
    My position on this is very simple: Get myself fully vaccinated (done).
    Totally agree there, do all of that and then get on with things - that is on the assumption that the vaccine actually WORKS on a new strain - again I'd think waiting a week or two to find that out would be sensible, but again maybe that's me.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dodger View Post
    people die from "stress" than anything else, including covid-19. .
    Oh please, you cant be serious, that's not even worthy of a reply.....


    Quote Originally Posted by Dodger View Post
    I just remind myself to laugh out loud every time I hear an overly paranoid person freaking out over this bullshit. Laughing is good for the soul.
    Well if by overly paranoid you mean being aware of situations as they develop and try to alter my life around them so they affect me less then I guess I'm guilty of that - and as for laughing being good for the soul, do be sure to tell that the people who have lost their loved ones to covid, I'm sure that will be a great comfort to them.

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    Re: For those maybe just about to book flights - maybe wait and lets hope this DOESNT become a "thing"? :-(

    Quote Originally Posted by Nirish guy View Post
    Correct, but I a lot of scientists are flagging up "hey, heres a new thing and we need to look into it as it could be a bigger problem than before" and airlines and the stock market are already factoring that into their thinking and planning then as per my OP IF 'I" was about to press "book" on a long haul flight personally I think I'd think it appropriate to give it a week or so until a bit more information was forthcoming re that perhaps, but each to their own of course.





    Totally agree there, do all of that and then get on with things - that is on the assumption that the vaccine actually WORKS on a new strain - again I'd think waiting a week or two to find that out would be sensible, but again maybe that's me.




    Oh please, you cant be serious, that's not even worthy of a reply.....




    Well if by overly paranoid you mean being aware of situations as they develop and try to alter my life around them so they affect me less then I guess I'm guilty of that - and as for laughing being good for the soul, do be sure to tell that the people who have lost their loved ones to covid, I'm sure that will be a great comfort to them.
    Emotional stress is a major contributing factor to the six leading causes of death: cancer, coronary heart disease, accidental injuries, respiratory disorders, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide. This may not be worthy of replying to - but worth thinking about.

    This is serious, no doubt, but remaining positive, and yes, finding some humor along-the-road, can only be a benefit.

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    Re: For those maybe just about to book flights - maybe wait and lets hope this DOESNT become a "thing"? :-(

    Serious alarm bells being rung over this latest 32 spike multiple variant strain. Oh fuck.

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    Re: For those maybe just about to book flights - maybe wait and lets hope this DOESNT become a "thing"? :-(

    Yes and with the first case to hit the EU ALREADY being found in Belguim just a few hours ago it would seems that closing the borders from Africa may already have been to late for Europe perhaps. And if as the EU has just called for flights from Africa to be banned it wouldn't be that much of a stretch for other countries to think about putting the same restrictions in place for flights FROM the EU perhaps if more cases are found there.

    Hence my original post simply suggesting that IF ?? it does matter to you about getting away or more importantly back home, perhaps for work or family and you find yourself stuck somewhere on or after Christmas it's not a crazy idea just to at least have a secondary plan in place or a cut off date decided in advance as to the latest date you can decide to book to go somewhere or not.

    If re work it's important to remember too that many employers now aren't being just as understanding as they were when things first kicked off if their staff find themselves "stranded" in some nice beach resort for several weeks instead of being at their desks, especially when thye had a resonable chance of expecting arrival lockdowns to be put in place and in fact such decisions now could end up leading to employment discliplinary procedings now for staff members who find themselves in such positions it seems.

    And that's not a "paranoid person freaking out over bullshit" - merely good common sense ( I think anyway) to protect your job when deciding if and when to book trips to ANYWHERE these days. Bit to those who are retired, I totally agree, book it, go, take your chances and live a bit as what have you to loose and if you get stuck somewhere "so what" as that IS one of the joys of retirement and not having to give a shit anymore!

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