I’ve had a lot of friends ask me how I’m doing, so here’s my update:
I’m doing great!
I’m currently in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m scheduled to leave for Wellington this weekend, where I plan on being for at least a few weeks. I currently have a flight back California set for May 21st.
As of yesterday, New Zealand has only had eight confirmed cases of COVID-19. Most of them have been from overseas, and a couple have been from family members getting the virus from loved ones who’ve traveled from overseas. As far as I know, there hasn’t been any “wild” community spreading here. The Ministry of Health has been publishing media releases each day with updates on the number of cases and from where they’ve come.
I’m cautiously optimistic about my chances here. I think New Zealand has done a great job of keeping the virus at bay. It feels, though, that this virus will inevitably infect every part of the world.
Regarding health insurance… I intend to write about this soon, but until then: I get travel health insurance for each trip I take. This comes in two forms: reimbursement for any out-of-pocket expenses (like going to a doctor) and coverage for a medical evacuation in case of emergency. Between these two, I think I have my bases covered if I get sick.
So overall, I’m great, and I’m hoping everyone self-isolates and stays healthy too.