The events in this commentary affect tremendous numbers of people. Somehow I doubt that they are all going to stay home. This offers the virus a free ride to everywhere in the bodies of miliions of people on the move.
Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
Airline travel is down, the cruise industry is taking it on the chin, some summer camps are being canceled, and today public health experts are urging those at greatest risk - the elderly, kids, and pregnant women - not to make the journey to Mecca this year for the hajj.
Each year several million Muslims make the journey to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, in the 12th month of the Islamic (lunar) calendar. That generally falls in late November or December.
One can't help but wonder what this pandemic portends for next year's Lunar New Year, which falls in mid-February. In many Asian cultures it is a long held tradition that people return home to attend a reunion dinner with their families on the eve of the lunar New Year.
This results in the largest migration of humans on the planet, involving hundreds of millions of people each year.
Factories and businesses all across Asia shut down for a week, sometimes longer, just to accommodate this greatest of all Asian holidays.
And of course, here in North America, we see an exodus of millions of people from the colder climes each fall, who head south to Florida or Arizona, or one of the warmer states for the winter.