Threat of COVID Traveling Africa
Last July within days of boarding our plane for Africa, a major COVID spike in Johannesburg seemed just too threatening. We decided it was better to delay, and just as well. The day we would have arrived, the political situation in South Africa erupted into the worse riots they have seen in over 20 years.
So here we are again, targeting a Sept 14 arrival. So far so good. Another COVID spike is turning around and predicted unrest has not shown its ugly head, though troops are still patrolling.
Overall, it’s a go. But who knows? The huge COVID spike raging again in the USA may push restrictions for allowing us COVID saturated yet vaccinated Americans into Africa, again.
Then just yesterday, after risking being with family, we were informed our lovely cuddly granddaughter came down with COVID the day after we left. I know, but time could still be on our side.
Moving Forward Despite COVID in Africa
Anyway, we are proceeding ‘as if.’ Continuing to visit family, get our Tiny House Van in order for proper storage, deal with COVID flight schedule changes, pack necessary items within size and weight limits, get finances and paperwork in order, back up all important data, cancel phones, make Insurance updates, tweak the Wills, and satisfy all medical dental & deodorant requirements.
The toughest, to meet the 72 hr requirement of getting a PCR COVID test on a Saturday hoping for results that take 3 days, so they can allow us on the flight Monday night.
Not Happy Yet
All our previous travels to Africa were full of joyful anticipation. The first time the preparations took so much effort and sweat. But it was happy sweat. All other trips were like muscle memory. they just seemed to happen. Also, happily of course.
But this time? The 2 ½ years of off again on again COVID delays has worn us down. It is like standing in a long line for the best ride at Disney World over and over again. But, each time being turned away due to risks of mechanical difficulties.
So here we stand again, so close to the International Terminal Gate with all looking okay. But not trusting any of it. Where is the happy in that?
Ah Man, you are not going to believe this. As I write, our son in law texted about the newest African COVID variant. Supposedly, the ‘most mutant variant so far.’ AAARRRGGG!!!
Life’s 2 Short; Risks are Risks, not Roadblocks
Maybe we will get on this risky ride anyway!!! With an infection rate of 18 per 100,000 in South Africa vs 48 per 100,000 in the USA, we are more at risk standing in line here. The risks are also heavily minimized by being vaccinated and our history of taking good precautions. We dodged malaria for 5 years, we can do this too.
So, it’s a go! As long as they don’t shut it down completely.