Corpus Christi (Southside Light News) – Officials at nearly every level of government are warning Texans to stay at home and do their part to “slow the spread” and flatten the data curves that medical science often mentions. But one growing concern is about people from high concentration areas who are relocating to lower concentration areas to escape the coronavirus panic.
Corpus Christi and Nueces County lies dead in the middle of the of “second home country” and many who own or share property here in the area call places like Dallas, Austin and Houston home full-time. Many of those who live here part-time are starting to consider making for their “second home” and that has some health officials concerned.
The chance of catching the virus is there wherever you are but following health official’s suggestions, particularly staying home, is the best way to protect oneself. Those charging around the country should ask themselves where they would they prefer to experience the disease, at home in familiar surroundings and among people they know or in a remote area by the beach?
In Corpus Christi, like most of the South Texas Coast, we have few cases of the virus, yet, but we have plenty of second homes.
Experts also say that an infected traveler is a moving transmission source. A sick traveler could expose others while in transit, such as in the airport or while stopping for gas or food. They could also introduce the virus into previously unexposed communities. Since it’s proving so difficult to limit the spread of this virus once it hits a new place or population, as evidenced by the pandemic itself, it is important to protect unexposed communities, like nearby Port Aransas.
Take Houston as an example. The first cases were imported by travelers returning home from abroad. Repeat importations of COVID-19 from other states in the U.S. ensued, and the virus eventually established itself in the city and began to spread locally. Here in Nueces County, our first case of the virus came from there and now, many are wondering just how many people the patient may have had contact with.
But let’s ask the question what if you just want to flee a major city and go somewhere with fewer people? The more time you spend in airports, gas stations and public restrooms, the higher your chances of being exposed to the coronavirus. There is also the risk that your destination is no safer than what you left behind—or you yourself could end up making it that way.
Then there is the temptation of arriving at your second home or getaway and realizing that there are numerous projects that need to be done like repairing screens and fixing porches. You end up going to the local home improvement home run the risk of exposing people to the virus or being exposed to the virus in your new community.
The CDC says that the safest way to travel right now is to just not travel at all. The current advice is washing your hands, practice social distancing and remain calm where you are at.