Travel medicine in the age of coronavirus

With COVID-19 highlighting the importance of travel medicine like never before, is there an opportunity for GPs to make a greater contribution?

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust travel — in particular, international travel — into the spotlight as a public health issue.

The practice of travel medicine requires “up-to-date knowledge on the global epidemiology of infectious and non-infectious health risks, health regulations and immunisation requirements in various countries and the changing patterns of drug-resistant infection”, according to the International Society of Travel Medicine.1