I would notify my handlers at work if I seriously thought I might be infected, because I’m not a complete sociopath, but I’ll be upset if the budget Irish airliner, Ryan Air, aka my go-to for Eurozone travel, cancels my flight to Rome next Friday.
Even as my colleagues are debating whether or not the coronavirus is now a pandemic (the World Health Organisation says, ‘no,’ but the German health minister says otherwise), les Brusselois are going about their lives as normal.
I was at a presser by one of the city’s 19 mayors (that’s the closest translation of the French bourgmestre) yesterday and, if my third-rate understanding of the French language is to be any guide, the city is mostly concerned to blunt the economic impact on Brussels’ tourism industry—and probably the local airline industry, too.
As for me, I hope to make it Rome next weekend. The country just shut down all schools from Sicily to the Tyrol, but screw it! If I’m really lucky, and I actually land a job at a Canadian newsroom when I get back, I’ll never be able to afford another European excursion for the rest of my life.
Stay tuned for more, y’all!