JetBlue has quietly updated their Zika travel waiver policy to include free refunds or changes for all tickets to Zika affected areas that were booked before 8/1. Other airlines haven’t updated their waivers since earlier this year. In general if you have a Doctor’s note forbidding travel, you can get an airline to refund you, even if you don’t have travel insurance.
While the CDC blacklisted entire countries when Zika struck any city within it, they have issued a vary narrow recommendation to avoid only the Wynwood Arts area of Miami. That’s a win for Florida’s tourism industry. However one of my favorite restaurants, Zak the Baker, is located just inside the CDC’s area to avoid.
Only 20% of people develop a reaction to Zika, so the only way to know if you are affected is to get tested.
The CDC recommends that women wait at least 8 weeks after visiting Wynwood or after getting Zika before trying to get pregnant. Zika stays in men for far longer than that and the exact timeframe is unknown, but the CDC recommends that men wait at least half a year after getting Zika before trying to father a child.
I’ve never wanted to be wrong more than now, but based on Zika’s uncontrollable outbreak in the US territory of Puerto Rico, based on the prevalence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in Miami, and based on the CDC’s admission that the spray they are currently using isn’t killing off the Wynwood mosquitoes, I’d be very surprised if this outbreak stays limited to the Wynwood area.
Of course if you’re not pregnant or trying to get pregnant in the next year then Zika shouldn’t affect you, though a small percentage of people do develop Guillain-Barré Syndrome after getting Zika.
Will you be avoiding Miami until the dust settles? Will you just avoid Wynwood? Or will you still order Zak’s heavenly creations?