Which Countries are Safest to Travel for Covid-19?
Which countries are safest to travel for Covid-19? Where can you travel this year to feel safer and have less chance to contract the virus? These questions have been around many a kitchen table for the past two months, including our own. We want to travel and explore the world, but not everywhere is created equal.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a resource, a website perhaps, that ranked each country by various factors to determine the safest place to visit?
The Deep Knowledge Group has put together a list of 200 countries and regions to determine which are risky and which are safe in the covid-19 era. There’s a new number one country… there winner? Switzerland. Where do the US rank? It might surprise you.
Regions and Countries
In the above map, you can see that the green countries are those deemed to be safer for contracting covid-19 and those in yellow, orange, or red are much riskier.
The top twenty countries are as follows:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- Hong Kong
- Saudi Arabia
Where’s the USA located on this list? Number 58. Nestled between Romania and the Slovak Republic
How did they come up with these numbers?
I’m so glad that you asked! According to the Deep Knowledge Group, it was a variety of factors:
A comprehensive and quantitative analysis of the far-reaching global pandemic arising from the novel coronavirus is a critical challenge that must be carried out in order to plan the best strategic measures to reduce and neutralize negative repercussions of the outbreak until the final solution of a vaccine is within the reach of the scientific and medical community. With this in mind, Deep Knowledge Group’s new COVID-19 special analytical case study is designed to classify, analyze and rank the economic, social and health stability achieved by 200 regions, countries and territories, as well as the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats or risks that they possess and face against the global health and economic crisis triggered by COVID-19.
There are 6 main factors that go into calculating the overall score. They are Quarantine Efficiency, Government Efficiency of Risk Management, Monitoring and Detection, Healthcare Readiness, Regional Resiliency, and Emergency Preparedness.
What about the United States?
Many wonder why the United States is so low? We’ve got a great healthcare system, we’re testing, and we have emergency preparedness, so why aren’t we doing so well? The description makes sense when you break it down.
The United States is an interesting outlier, in that it has a high degree of healthcare sophistication, strong technologies for monitoring and protection, and the capacity to employ and enforce strict lockdown and social distancing measures. Despite this, it has one of the highest infection spread and mortality rates in the world, and for this reason is placed in Tier 3 (reserved for regions which ranked significantly lower-than-expected in terms of regional safety). Considering its assets and capacity for government management efficiency, emergency preparedness, monitoring and detection, and healthcare readiness, the central factor impacting its current situation and its specific ranking are the specific policies and crisis management strategies that its federal and state-level governments have deployed. The US imposed lockdown measures and testing fairly late in the overall pandemic timeline, and the country is already relaxing its states’ economic freezing and quarantine mandates as infection spread and mortality rates continue rise.
If you’re considering heading on a vacation this summer, look into one of the top twenty countries if you’re concerned about getting and spreading the Coronavirus. Some of those countries might not let you in, so do make sure to check the requirements before you go and buy a ticket.
You can read the full report and all of its rankings and downloads here.