2020: The United States Travel Ban on Europe Countries

It was a surprise to the world when our U.S. President Trump suddenly declared coronavirus (COVID19) as a national emergency this week and banned Europe flights, set travel restrictions (except the U.K.) to enter the United States, starting this weekend for up to 30 days. Americans who are seeking to travel back into the country are stuck at airports and then being transferred to quarantine sites for 14 days. Meanwhile, grocery stores, pharmacies, and hospitals around the world have been seeing large numbers of customers and patients surge as demands for supplies are running low. In times of panicking due to the coronavirus outbreaks, people are lining up to buy toilet paper, sanitation products, hand sanitizers, Lysol disinfectant sprays, wet alcohol wipes, face masks, and more. The situation will only get worse before it gets any better and the stock markets around the world are plummeting to bear market results. There are rumors that it has become worse than 1987’s stock market crash.

The cause and effects of coronavirus are real. Everyone in all backgrounds around the world are feeling the reality of the overrated television media and social media news. People are asked to practice social distancing, working from home, and public school districts are temporarily closing its doors. Not enough test kits are available and not enough people in the United States are being tested. Cases in New York and Washington states have became the epidemic centers of the massive breakouts. Italy has closed off their entire country’s borders and lives will never be the same as people are facing the new normal life experiences. France is beginning to close down on large gatherings, restaurants, cafes, and even the Eiffel Tower has shut down.

What’s really a contagion right now is that people are spreading fears around others. A population are not concerned about social distancing, but it was recommended that people refrain from large group gatherings to help reduce the number of coronavirus cases. Unfortunately, there are no known vaccines developed at this time as it can take a few months or a years, so further domestic travel bans may be coming soon. Damage is done. People are living in fear during this crisis and are preparing for emergencies as the situations worsen. Playgrounds, shopping malls, movie theaters, themed park attractions, librairies, and childcare places are showing vacancies as families are recommended to stay home or away from others. No one knows who may have the coronavirus or who might accidentally pass it on to someone else without knowing. Some will survive, but the infected cases and death tolls will grow. People around the world are talking about it every second of the day. Let’s pray that the situations are getting contained, controlled, and that a solution be created soon. South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong showed signs of recent containment in their own countries, but Italy’s entire country lockdown is severe. Other countries will be experiencing similar effects and impacts throughout their communities. Leadership across the world needs to step up to provide clear messages to its people to prevent confusions. This is definitely going to cost billions of dollars to get fixed. People are hoping for better news to come in future days, weeks, and months while staying more inside their homes.


Published by Mary Lu

Who Am I: My name is Mary D. Lu, a self-funded woman entrepreneur, Business Owner/CEO of multiple e-Commerce businesses. I am a U.S. Army veteran and an investor. While my businesses are diversified, running online stores on Amazon and Shopify across sales channels, my deepest passion and love are in music, art, writing, traveling, and global communications. I am an independent explorer of new experiences. I believe in inspiring and influencing people from all backgrounds, building their confidence to see the world and living a more improved lifestyle. What I Blog About: I absolutely enjoy new experiences of living and working remotely abroad in different countries around the world. Cooking cultural foods and dining are some of my favorite experiences during traveling. Over the years, I have found ways to fund my adventures throughout my journey: free airfares, free hotel stays, upgrades, transportation, dining, and more. Is traveling expensive? It depends on the traveler, budget, and season. I am a travel bargain hunter. I still eat great foods, enjoy local entertainments, and stay at convenient hotel locations. Traveling is helpful for building positive mindsets, discovering your own true spirit, offering life balance, and expanding perspectives around different world cultures, languages, and history. You can better connect with the world through foreign languages, cooking, music, and other shared hobbies, in which all experiences help contribute to world peace. I enjoy sharing my travel experiences with the world and hope that the information provided will help influence your next memorable trip planning decisions. My Background: I was born in Macau, China and raised in Oakland, California, USA. My parents were Chinese immigrants from Vietnam with GuangXi province ancestors. I am the second born child and eldest daughter in a family of six children. I am fluent in a few world languages and can carry conversations in: English, Cantonese, Mandarin-Chinese, French, and basic Korean. I can also understand some Japanese, Vietnamese, and Spanish languages. My first French language study abroad experience was in Montreal, Quebec (Canada). I joined the military active duty service in the United States Army after high school to pay for college. After returning to California, my parents divorced. I became nearly homeless, but I worked and built my technical sales career during my 20s and 30s living in Sunnyvale, California. From being a call center representative working on shifts to managing sales accounts, support renewal contracts, and then from a sales enablement operations manager to managing my own inside sales teams, I can say that I have experienced a full corporate sales career in Silicon Valley. I purchased my first single family home when I was 30 years old. Finally, I wanted to bring all my skills to explore the real world, so I resigned from my corporate sales career by age 37, self-funded and jump started several businesses on my own. Life has totally surprised me since then. My Hobbies: Singing, listening to music, playing musical string instruments, live performances, exercising/workout, cooking, baking, dining, potlucks, holiday events, biking, drawing, painting, writing, photography, interior design, fashion illustrations, traveling, foreign languages, world cultures, martial arts performances, and more. Feel free to follow Meriloo Adventures! I look forward to sharing and introducing you folks to various adventures and destinations around the countries, based on my own travel experiences. Life is too short. Let’s have fun exploring what real life have to offer and capture those moments in time!

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