...I have a question. If people are so concerned with flattening the curve and protecting others, then why are so many people eager to travel as soon as restrictions are lifted?
I'm not sure they are necessarily the same people. It may be that those concerned with flattening the curve are the ones not looking to do travel anytime soon, even if (like me) they would love to do so. Those that have decided that they are going to travel as soon as possible, may just be those that are less concerned with maintaining a downward trend on the curve for whatever reason, or perhaps they are more comfortable with taking this particular risk, or maybe not even perceive it as much of a risk.
I agree, these aren't the same people.
Those of us aiming for the far end of the curve are not necessarily the same ones planning to stay home for a year. I just want to have my corona case while caretakers are rested vs weary, and I don't want my hospital bed to be in the hallway. The more time it takes me to get sick, the more treatments and "best practices" established.
I would also question what is meant by "travel"? Is this going to my lake cottage a couple hundred miles away, or that dream trip to Paris, or, destination wedding? Travel means different things to different people. We are much more international travel type of crowd here, but if I queried people at work, very few of them would have a different country in mind. For those to whom "travel" means head for Disney, there could be some serious rethinking. I haven't been on CruiseCritic in years, but that is an entirely different contingent of people that may not want a different type of vacation, cruise or nothing.
My gut feel is that the true travel enthusiast is unlikely to put off taking trips. I would not be surprised to hear "we're all doomed anyway, I'm going to see (insert here) before I die, dammit!" and "We're staying put, it will be there later."
mixed bag. And, people may jump sides of that as time goes on. We continue to know more and more. Could very well depend on sentiment on the day one explores booking. Could be even more dependent on the state of one's wallet. In my case, I'm better off saving up for an ICU visit than whooping it up. If I don't end up in ICU, then I can book a great trip later. ymmv