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Assist Alert: COVID-19 Cases Exceed the 1 Million-Mark
As the number of COVID-19 cases topped the 1 million-mark on Thursday, April 2nd, 93% of the world population (or 7.2 billion people) is now affected by travel restrictions and isolation measures.


What Globetrotters Can Do During Covid-19 Isolation
With cases of COVID-19 spreading around the world and affecting over 175 countries, travel and movement restrictions are quickly becoming the new norm. Assist America has compiled a list of activities that travel junkies and frequent travelers can engage in until they can be on the roads again.


Assist Alert: The Latest COVID-19 Global Updates
Cases of COVID-19 have been exponentially rising around the world with outbreaks in over 176 countries and an estimated more than 570,000 cases worldwide. Most countries have started enforcing stronger lock-downs and self-isolation measures to halt the spread of the virus.


5 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Company Culture During COVID-19 Work-From-Home Measures
COVID-19 has rapidly changed the way our daily lives look like and is shaping new business practices for employers and their staff around the world. While having a remote workforce has been common practice for some companies, for many employers, it is a new way of conducting business that comes with its challenges.


What Are Cruise Lines Doing With Their Empty Ships?
A few weeks ago, when operations were initially suspended in Asia, Royal Caribbean redeployed its China-based ships to Australia offering free cruises to first responders who battled the country's bush fires. But now that virtually all cruising has ceased and ships are either docked in ports around the world or idling at sea, what are lines doing with them?


The Rule TSA Is Changing Because of COVID-19
I'm sure you’ve all seen the insane immigration lines at the screening 13 airports where passengers waited hours in cattle-like lines, which definitely didn’t follow today’s protocol of social distancing. If I was scheduled to fly home, I would probably wait a few days until airports worked this chaos out.


Assist Alert: The World Battles the Spread of COVID-19 While Things Return to Normal in China
Read our most recent COVID-19 Assist Alert with the latest global news and travel updates.


Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
The safety and well-being of our Members is always our priority and, during this pandemic, our global team is engaged to continually assess and monitor its impact and to be available as a trusted resource for our Members and to continue to deliver travel assistance services.


WHO Declares Coronavirus Outbreak a Pandemic
After infecting over 121,000 and causing more than 4,300 deaths, the World Health Organization declares the outbreak a pandemic. The formal declaration of a pandemic doesn't mean it's time to panic.


TSA Travel Precautions During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Stop putting your phone, wallet, and keys into the bins at airports. Here's what the TSA is now telling passengers to do when traveling during the coronavirus outbreak.


In Action: Medical Repatriation from South Dakota
A motor vehicle accident during a business trip to South Dakota led to a major hip surgery and the member was unable to travel for a few weeks. Assist America was able to help this member return home after treatment and provide further assistance enroute.


Coronavirus: Ten Reasons Why You Ought Not to Panic
It would be wrong to say there is good news coming out of COVID-19, but there are causes for optimism; reasons to think there may be ways to contain and defeat the virus. And lessons to learn for the future.


Italy Enters its First Day of a Nationwide Coronavirus Lockdown
Italy's nationwide lockdown began Tuesday after its number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose past 9,100 and its death toll jumped to 463 on Monday night. It has the most cases and deaths of any country outside China.


CDC Warns Against Long Plane Trips and Cruises as Coronavirus Cases Mount
New guidance from the CDC urges travelers, especially the elderly and those with compromised health, to avoid long plane trips “and especially” cruises — a stark shift in rhetoric from an administration that had previously appeared reluctant to discourage Americans from moving around the globe.


Safety Tips for Women Traveling Internationally
Nearly two-thirds of individuals traveling today are women, according to a 2016 report from the George Washington School of Business. Although a majority of women travel without difficulties, female travelers often face greater challenges than their male counterparts in terms of their safety and health, especially when traveling alone.


Assist Alert: Spread of COVID-19 is Shaking the World and Impacting the Global Travel Industry
Over the last couple of weeks, the rate of new COVID-19 cases in China has considerably slowed down, with more recoveries now being reported than new infections. However, the worry is now on the virus’ global spread as community outbreaks have been reported in more than 70 countries.


Avoid Overpacking for Your Next Vacation
Vacations are meant to be fun and worry-free, but sometimes overpacking can take away from the overall traveling experience. Travelers tend to overestimate many of the essentials we bring along for our trip. Here are some tips to help you avoid overpacking for your next vacation!


The Most Luxurious Train Rides in the World
In an era when time is a luxury, take a hint from the glamour of yore and indulge in slow-moving, on-the-ground transport. Whether you’re exploring the Andes or dashing through a Japanese island, train travel consistently proves that fly-by country is much more interesting when seen on the ground.


Italy Becomes Europe's Epicenter of the Coronavirus
It was a dramatic weekend for coronavirus cases in Italy. On Friday morning, there were only three confirmed cases. By Tuesday, more than 283 had been confirmed and a seventh person had died. According to The Washington Post, cases of the coronavirus are rising, nearly every hour.


Hong Kong's Disneyland to be Used to Quarantine People and Stop the Coronavirus from Spreading
Hong Kong's Disneyland is letting the city use its sites to quarantine people as the government tries to stop the deadly coronavirus from spreading.