All Your Coronavirus Travel Questions Answered

A Q&A for anyone worried about traveling right now: How to stay safe, what to avoid and do masks really help?

A wave of disruptions to air travel following the coronavirus epidemic has led to an 80% drop in traffic at China’s busiest airports. WSJ explains why some analysts expect the impact on the global aviation industry could be greater than that of SARS or 9/11. Photo: Alex Plavevski/Shutterstock
Should I cancel my trip because of coronavirus?

It depends—primarily on where you’re planning to travel, but on other factors, too. The virus has spread to dozens of countries and every continent except for Antarctica, with the total sure to rise. But government agencies are warning against travel to only a handful of destinations. The U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are advising people not to visit China, the center of the outbreak, and the CDC has issued the same type of Level 3 alert (“avoid all nonessential travel”) for South Korea, Italy and Iran, where the highest...