image of Traveling into the Abyss: Risk Perception of German Travelers at the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The emergence and international spread of SARS-CoV-2 led to unprecedented challenges for international travelers including health-related concerns and international travel restrictions. Remarkably, overseas travelers consulted at our travel clinic during the first quarter of 2020 were apparently not disconcerted by the evolving pandemic with a continuously high rate of consultations at our center; 85% of travelers did not actively inquire about COVID-19 during the pretravel consultation including individuals with clinically significant immunosuppression constituting a high-risk group for COVID-19–related adverse health outcome. This experience demonstrates the societal responsibility of travel medicine practitioners to proactively provide unbiased information about the health-related and travel-related impact of newly emerging infections.

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  • Received : 21 Jul 2020
  • Accepted : 09 Aug 2020
  • Published online : 18 Aug 2020
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