China Virus Outbreak

Officials in China are working to contain the outbreak of a new virus - called the Coronavirus - that is spreading throughout China. The virus outbreak, which started in Wuhan, China, has killed at least 26 people and infected around 800.

Squaremouth’s Infectious Diseases Travel Insurance Information Center is a regularly-updated resource on coverage for disease outbreaks that may impact travelers. Visit an information center below to read FAQs and official provider position statements regarding coverage for a specific outbreak.

Fact Sheets and Press Releases

  • Norovirus Outbreak: The Cruiser's Guide to What's Covered by Travel Insurance

    ST. PETERSBURG Fla. January 15, 2019 — Last week, a Norovirus outbreak aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise sickened hundreds and forced the ship to return to port early, spurring a wave of questions and concerns from travelers with upcoming cruises. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains travel insurance coverage for travelers worried about Norovirus affecting their cruise.

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  • Traveling During Flu Season: Squaremouth Breaks Down Travel Insurance Coverage

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. January 23, 2018 – This year’s flu season is the most widespread in more than a decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, causing concern among travelers who are closely gathered in crowded areas such as airports and planes. Leading travel insurance comparison company, Squaremouth, explains how the flu is covered by travel insurance.

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  • Norovirus Outbreaks: Squaremouth Explains Travel Insurance Coverage for Cruisers

    ST. PETERSBURG FL Feb. 1, 2017 — Norovirus outbreaks are spreading throughout the United States, not only affecting travelers while on a cruise, but preventing some from taking a trip altogether. Leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, answers four common questions about travel insurance coverage for cruisers who face a higher risk of contracting the virus.

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  • Rio Olympics: Zika Threat Has Attendees Exploring Travel Insurance Options, Says Squaremouth

    ST PETERSBURG, FL March 7, 2016 -- The Zika virus is causing concern among travelers with plans to attend the 2016 Olympics in Brazil this summer. Squaremouth, a leading travel insurance comparison website, explains travel insurance coverage for Olympic attendees worried about the Zika virus affecting their trip.

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  • Zika Virus and Travel Insurance Fact Sheet: Squaremouth Breaks Down Coverage

    Squaremouth, a leading travel insurance comparison site, launched the Zika Virus and Travel Insurance Information Center to break down travel insurance coverage for the Zika virus outbreak. This online resource is updated with answers to frequently asked questions, official insurance provider position statements, and current travel health alerts and notices related to the outbreak.

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  • Zika Virus, Pregnancy and Travel Insurance: Squaremouth Explains Available Coverage

    ST. PETERSBURG, FL February 4, 2016 — The Zika virus outbreak has caused many travelers to rethink their plans, with pregnancy being the main concern.

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Infectious Disease Event Center External Resources

Travel insurance coverage for infectious diseases is typically limited to travelers who actually contract the disease or illness, however there are preventive measures you can take if you know about the outbreak ahead of time. These resources explain disease outbreaks in more detail: