When it comes to travel, I’m not a big worrier. So in mid-February when I had the opportunity to book a last-minute flight to Japan, I went for it.
But the moment I arrived in Tokyo, the realities of the coronavirus started to hit. I felt cautious, but in control.
Then, as I got ready to head home, things really started to set in. This was my experience reentering the US.
I should note this is just my experience and perspective, and that since I flew home on March 6, travel warnings and the spread of coronavirus have evolved, and the World Health Organization has characterized the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. It is important to take government and CDC travel warnings seriously, especially if you're aged 60 or above, have any preexisting medical conditions, or have a weak immune system.