“We don’t know how long this is going to be sustainable,” Mr. Anokye said. “I’m always positive about things. I don’t mean we need to close, but maybe we will have to abandon some employees.
Other agents, like the owner and sole employee of Sabye Travel, have taken drastic measures to cut expenses. The agency, founded in New Jersey and now managed by the owner’s home in Virginia, specializes in travelers to and from Thailand, many of whom live in the New York area.
“We no longer eat in restaurants, no more discretionary spending, no buying anything that is not totally essential,” said the owner, who asked to be identified only by his first name, Apiwat, as he feared his other job is not put at risk if his employer finds out about his travel activities.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Updated August 17, 2020
Why does standing six feet from others help?
- The coronavirus is mainly spread through droplets from your mouth and nose, especially when you cough or sneeze. The CDC, one of the organizations using this measurement, bases its six-foot recommendation on the idea that most of the large droplets people expel when they cough or sneeze fall to the ground within six feet. But six feet has never been a magic number guaranteeing complete protection. Sneezing, for example, can launch droplets far beyond six feet, according to a recent study. It’s a rule of thumb: You should be safer standing six feet apart outside, especially when it’s windy. But always wear a mask, even if you think you are far enough away.
I have antibodies. Am I now immune?
- For now, that seems likely, for at least several months. There have been frightening accounts of people suffering from what appears to be a second episode of Covid-19. But experts say these patients can have a prolonged course of the infection, with the virus taking weeks to months after initial exposure. People infected with the coronavirus usually produce immune molecules called antibodies, which are protective proteins made in response to infection. These antibodies may only last for two to three months in the body, which may sound worrying, but it’s perfectly normal after an acute infection clears, said Dr. Michael Mina, an immunologist at Harvard University. It may be possible to catch the coronavirus again, but it is very unlikely that it will be possible within a short period of time from the initial infection or making people sicker the second time around.
I own a small business. Can I get relief?
- Stimulus bills enacted in March offer help to millions of American small businesses. Those eligible for assistance are businesses and nonprofit organizations with fewer than 500 workers, including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and freelancers. Certain large companies in certain sectors are also eligible. The assistance offered, which is administered by the Small Business Administration, includes the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. But a lot of people haven’t seen any payments yet. Even those who have received help are confused: the rules are draconian, and some are stuck on money they don’t know how to use. Many small business owners receive less than expected or hear nothing at all.
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What will school look like in September?
- Many schools are unlikely to return to normal hours this fall, which will require continued online learning, makeshift child care and delayed work days. California’s two largest public school districts – Los Angeles and San Diego – said on July 13 that distance education would only be distance education in the fall, citing concerns that the surge in coronavirus infections in their regions pose too serious a risk to students and teachers. Together, the two districts are home to some 825,000 students. They are the largest in the country to date to drop their plans for a physical return, even partial, to classrooms when they reopen in August. For the other districts, the solution will not be an all or nothing approach. Many systems, including the country’s largest, New York, are devising hybrid plans that involve spending a few days in class and other days online. There is no national policy on this yet, so check with your municipal school system regularly on what is happening in your community.
He said the pandemic has wiped out its busy season, which can generate more than $ 150,000 in income and typically begins in April with Songkran, the Thai New Year’s celebration, and continues through September. He said he reimbursed customers who booked trips months in advance and canceled travel marketing plans in Thailand.
Yet after months of gloom, some officers are seeing signs that people are starting to travel.
“It will just take a little while to reopen and get to where it was,” said Sunita Seegobin, who is from Guyana and who opened Sunita Travel Agency with her husband, Naresh, in Queens in 2007.
Some agents have said their services could be even more valuable amid changing travel restrictions, quarantine rules and other concerns.
Mr. Anokye compared seeing a travel agent to visiting a dentist.
“Are you going on the internet looking for how to get a tooth out?” ” he said.