Q: How will the Coronavirus pandemic affect travel healthcare? Should I stop considering travel?
A: To be completely clear, this is not the end-all-be-all answer. I am not an economic expert. But, I am doing my best to project what may come in the future based on conversations we have had with our CEO as well as simply reading between the lines, so to speak.
There has been a lot of fear in all aspects of life concerning the coronavirus. Some people are fearful of what may happen to the economy. Others are fearful of it hindering their vacation plans. Some simply are scared for their health. There is certainly a lot of uncertainty in the atmosphere right now.
One thing I can say for sure is that we are all in this together. We are all navigating these waters in the same boat. The US staffing industry hasn’t seen something like this before. But, be encouraged that we will make it through.
That said, in a recent company-wide meeting, our CEO spoke about the reality that there will likely be a recession in the US economy. While that is likely, he indicated that he believes the healthcare staffing industry may see a slight dip or even potentially an upswing because of the virus. Theoretically, there could be crisis jobs available, which could benefit you as the traveler in terms of rates and job availability.
Now, with the knowledge that the industry may not be significantly impacted it becomes your personal choice on whether you should pursue travel. Though this virus is becoming widespread and fear is rampant, it’s important to remember that the most vulnerable are those with weakened immune systems and underlying health conditions. If you are not healthy or are at risk, it may be a good idea not to take travel assignments.
But, if you are healthy, just remember that it’s never good to operate and make decisions out of fear.
One thing I can say is that I’m confident our industry will be intact after all is said in done. In the meantime, do what is best for you.
And, remember to wash your hands.