Last Updated: March 27th 2020 

Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

Did you know that the Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a respiratory infection that gives you similar symptoms as a flu or influenza?

The media has delivered the most chaotic scenario for this sickness. Nevertheless, the World Health Organization (WHO), states that over 80% of the people with Coronavirus recovers from the symptoms without special treatments.

The symptoms are similar to any other upper respiratory infection, including dry cough, sore throat, and fever. In some cases, however, you can develop a more serious condition.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Latest Updates
Country Confirmed Cases Total Recovered
United States 86,012 753
China 81,879 74,720
Italy 80,589 10,361
Spain 64,059 9,357
Mexico 585 4
Confirmed Cases in Cozumel: 0
People in Cozumel WITHOUT Coronavirus: 100,000
Source World Health Organization

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases

According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University

Current Status of Coronavirus in Cozumel

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mexico and Cozumel have recently become a "Level 2" ranking in which they recommend that people at any age with chronic severe medical conditions or older adults consider postponing nonessential travel. There are still no confirmed cases in Cozumel.

The Government is doing their best to keep the island COVID-19 free, so starting on Friday, March 27th, no one can be on the streets at night after 11:00 PM and before 5:00 AM of the next day, this restriction will be applied every single day for an undefined limit of time. They will be intensifying the sanitary measures. Also, ports and piers have applied restrictions to lower the flow of people to and from Cozumel.

Starting on March 27th, the authorities have decided that alcohol will be banned, there are some restrictions for selling this product in different businesses. This prohibition will be available for 14 days.

What is happening in Cozumel regarding...

Airports —

The Cozumel Airport is still receiving passengers; however, the staff is applying all the precautions required to ensure everything is being done to keep the island safe.

Thermometers and thermal scans are part of the equipment being used to monitor every passenger that arrives at the island of Cozumel. The Cancun Airport is also taking these precautions.

Ferry Schedules —

Cozumel ferries that take you to Playa del Carmen and back are still operation, but due to the Coronavirus we're implementing sanitary measures. Please note that itineraries have also been changed:

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Hotels —

Most hotels are open and still running as usual in Cozumel, so far, there's no Coronavirus case on the island.
If you have a reservation, we strongly recommend you to get in touch with the hotel to make sure they are still running their business by the dates you have planned.

Bars & Restaurants —

Bars, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, and other businesses have closed to prevent exposure. As of this moment, there are some cases of Coronavirus already confirmed in Quintana Roo; none of them is on Cozumel.

Cruise Ships —

The Mexican Cruise Ship Association has requested the Cruise Ship Lines to pause their activity for, at least, the next 30 days, this is due to the COVID-19 situation.

Read More About it in the News

Recent News Articles about Coronavirus in Cozumel and Mexico are here:

03/27/2020 - Alcohol Restrictions in Quintana Roo
03/26/2020 - Cozumel is against the Coronavirus
03/24/2020 - Coronavirus Desease - Travel Recommendations by Country
03/22/2020 - COVID-19 Flight Cancellations
03/20/2020 - Foreign Travel Advice
03/20/2020 - Number of Coronavirus cases in Mexico
03/18/2020 - Preventive Measures at Cancun and Cozumel Airports
03/18/2020 - Bars and Casinos close effective March 22nd, 2020

More Information On Coronavirus COVID-19

Who Does It Affect?

Coronavirus delivers light symptoms to children and young people. It most seriously affects older people with pre-existing conditions or people with weakened immune systems.

Since the COVID-19 got into the pandemic category, many communication platforms are taking advantage of the situation to increase their popularity, traffic, and likes, while causing fear and anxiety in the world.

What they don’t tell you is that there are other more regular illnesses that have been considered a pandemic before such as the influenza and HIV/AIDs. How do they get into this category? The easiness to cross international boundaries and the amount of people they affect.

Another thing that we need to know is that the coronavirus is affecting the world in a similar way that a common flu does. However, a regular flu is not considering a pandemic just because it occurs on a seasonal manner every year.

Coronavirus Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

I'm scared. Should I cancel my trip?
You are free to decide whether you want to stay home or continue with your plans. As we shared before, there are no suspected nor confirmed cases in our island.

You should follow these prevention measurements though:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid personal contact with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

How are businesses in Cozumel preventing the virus?
The island’s establishments are taking serious measurements such as:

  • Avoiding big groups of people in the same place.
  • Lowering the flow of people coming and leaving the island.
  • Stricter hygiene regime.
  • Have alcohol-based sanitizers for visitors.
  • Consistently cleaning surfaces that people touch with any frequency.
  • Having employees wash their hands on a frequent basis.

How to Protect Yourself

As you know, the way Coronavirus COVID-19 spreads is through droplets from people who carry the virus. The best way to protect yourself is to follow personal hygiene habits and advise.

Some of the things you can do include:

  • Clean your hands often
  • Practice social distancing
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces

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