Can the Swine Flu Disappear Before I Leave for Cabo? In Seven Days!

With the way 2009 is shaping up, I shouldn’t be surprised that the swine flu is hitting Mexico during the exact time that I am supposed to land in beautiful Cabo San Lucas…seven days from now.

After my husband lost his job, I lost my job, I got another job and lost that before I even started it, I decided to jump at the chance to go away with two of my best girlfriends to their recently acquired timeshare in Cabo. They had planned the trip for a few months before I got on board, and this seemed as good a time as any to get away, relax with my friends, sip margaritas and work on my tan. Boy, did I need this vacation more than ever.

We have talked about this trip for the last six weeks. We’ve been so excited for the food, the drinks, the sun, escaping New Jersey and our everyday lives. Going away on vacation together was something we had always wanted to do and until now, something we had never made happen.

Then came the swine flu. When I first heard the news on Saturday afternoon, I didn’t think too much about it. It seemed to be isolated in or around Mexico City and that was nowhere near Cabo. Then it started spreading – New York, Kansas, California, New Zealand; it was like you named a city or country and it had been affected by the swine flu. Even though there were numerous accounts of infestation popping up left and right, I was confident my trip would not be affected. I checked the World Health Organization and CDC websites and there was nothing on there about Cabo San Lucas; I searched online through news reports about traveling to the luxurious resort area and still found nothing. While I am obsessed with the news, I slowly found myself distancing away from the television set.

By Monday, the news got worse and I couldn’t escape it . The CDC recommended non-essential travel to Mexico be canceled. My mom was calling to tell me that she didn’t think I should go to Cabo. I wasn’t too surprised; if I was a mom, I would probably advise my son or daughter the same thing. I checked in with my girlfriends and they said until there was a mandate against going to Mexico, they were going to go. One of them is a nurse, so she knows the dangers of this virus. They said they completed understood if I wanted to back out given the circumstances. But I don’t want to back out. I also don’t want to explore this gorgeous city with face masks.

Today, Tuesday, has been the worst day thus far of “Deciding Whether to Go to Cabo with Swine Flu Swirling Around Mexico.” Friends are sending emails, news reports are getting worse; I even heard something about restaurants not letting patrons eat in their establishments, they can only take orders to-go.

That is not the vacation I want to have – walking into bars with face masks or wondering if the maid who cleaned my room just infected my bed with swine flu. But I don’t want to cancel just yet. What if it slows down by the time I leave? Is that even possible?  I have a call into my doctor for his opinion and the airline will honor my ticket at a later date. I’ll probably make my decision at the 11th hour, see how it all plays out until then.

This was the one thing I was looking forward to given the fact that everything else has gone downhill since the beginning of the year. How much worse can 2009 get? I fear that by saying that, I am just setting myself up for the next hit.

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6 responses to “Can the Swine Flu Disappear Before I Leave for Cabo? In Seven Days!

  1. We live in the Seattle area of Washington State.
    My wife cancelled our trip to Cabo from 5-2-09 through 5-19-09 and I’m really disappointed that this thing has scewed up our long planned vacation . We where going with two other couples who also cancelled. Our friends are also upset that we all decided to cancel. I think we would be ok except we too didn’t want to deal with wearing a mask or worry about not going to our favorite restaurants. Cabo is a clean city with great resorts, beaches and friendly people. Bring your own masks, some medical gloves, wipes, hand sanitizer and you should be ok. I checked with people in Cabo and they think this is thing is really blown out of proportion. Today we made plans to go to Palm Desert, Calif. Los Vegas, NV and San Diego. Who knows we could still end up with problems in the States as well. I think you’ll be ok and should still go with your friends to Cabo.

  2. Hi girly – OMG My story is almost identical to yours!!! So weird. My 2 girlfriends and I are scheduled for a much-needed cabo vacation as well leaving this Saturday! I haven’t canceled yet and they are adamant about going as scheduled. I have been trying to look at live webcams of the beaches and either they’re too far away to see people, or empty so I can’t tell if people are wearing the damn masks or not!! It’s SO discouraging…I’m going to also wait until Fridayish and see if it’s still safe to go. About 2009 being crappy so far, AMEN! Same here….this was our 1 fun thing so far this year. Keeping my fingers crossed! 🙂

  3. Hello!

    I am currently living in Cabo San Lucas and have been for the past several months.

    The media has TOTALLY blown this out of proportion….some of my friends have had their flights cancelled to come see me and have rebooked on other airlines….if I were you, I would definitely NOT cancel!! My Mom and friend were just here….left yesterday…no one I know or have heard of has gotten sick!

    It’s great here…the weather is perfect! Lots to do and NO, everyone is not wearing masks! Some folks are as they work in the restaurant kitchens, hotels, etc. but in reality, life here has not changed….Don’t listen to the hype!

    I hope you get down here and enjoy your stay!

  4. I am going to Cabo May 10th and am not cancelling. There have been no confirmed reports for the Baja which includes Cabo. Furtrher on the news this morning they did say that the virus lacks required protein that it needs for long term replication. I believe the flue all americans get every year is much worse then the swine flu as it kills millions. I look at it this way . . . I can contract anything in public, from strep throat (which kills), to the garden variety of the flu, menenjitis (sp). We are going and quit sure we will have a fabulous time. Hope not everyone cancels due to the fear that the media, SOS, WHO and other governmental agencies in there attempt to panic an already economy crises we are in. I feel like changing plans with the current situation is going to be further devastation to the economy in the travel industry. We all need to calm down a little and worry about getting it from our own country as well.

  5. Hi
    I´m living in los cabos area and i can tell you that nothing wrong is happening here, about swine flu. We are not wearing face mask and no one single case of this swine flu.
    The only bad thing here is that a lot of people are losing their jobs or been forced to work just two days peer week in the hotel industry and restaurants.
    I just want to say that is nothing to worry about to come to Mexico in special Los Cabos area, so please come here and have lots of fun.

  6. Thank you for your post.

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