Let’s zap that sucker! That was our first thought when we decided to partner with the State of Georgia’s Department of Public Health to help raise awareness and distribute information about the risks, prevention, and concerns related to the Zika virus (as well as other illnesses spread by exposure to infected mosquitoes).
As you all know, mosquitoes suck (no pun intended). Even the Dalai Lama agrees, and that guy loves everything. In fact, he once said, “if you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito in the room.”
Ok, ok, why should I care about this? I’m busy.
Great question. Here’s the deal. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Zika virus (these things never have nice names) a public health emergency of international concern (yeah, that sounds like a James Bond movie, but it’s serious). Because of this, the Georgia Department of Public Health is urging travelers to take caution.
Pregnant women in particular are at risk when traveling to countries where the Zika virus is more prominent. Infections derived from the Zika virus have been found in infants with microcephaly (an abnormally small head). Indeed, there is an outbreak in Brazil as we speak, and we’ve unfortunately seen a growing number of infants reported with microcephaly. It is recommended that pregnant women (or women trying to get pregnant) should avoid traveling to countries where the Zika virus is ongoing.
As of March 2nd, the state of Georgia has confirmed 116 travel-related Zika cases. Fulton County has recorded the most cases, with 20-24 cases having been reported so far.
So What is WallyPark Doing About It?
When a representative from the Georgia Department of Public Health called looking to partner with WallyPark, we immediately sought to be helpful. We thought that perhaps some of our valued guests departing to and from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta may be impacted by these events, so we listened and joined Georgia’s efforts to bring awareness.
One of the things we immediately implemented was adding visible signage inside our Atlanta shuttle buses. Zika and mosquito borne illnesses have a direct impact on our guests and the communities we serve both locally and abroad. What do you think? The signs look good, right? Well…we like them, but we also thought we could take this effort a little further.
In addition to shuttle signage, WallyPark Airport Parking is providing door hangers (issued by the DPH) on the windshields of all of our self-parked Atlanta guests. We will also place clear and visible signs on the lot (by the ticket machines, to ensure visibility) that will help spread awareness and carry the word.
Lastly, for all Atlanta guests who make their airport parking reservation online, WallyPark will provide them with complimentary, travel-sized bug repellent to ward off any
evil spirits mosquitos. This simple gesture will provide a tangible reminder of the importance of both raising awareness and taking precautions.
If you wish to learn more, or want to join the efforts to spread awareness, visit the State of Georgia’s Department of Public Health’s website here, or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Above all, stay safe and happy travels!
Author: Alfredo Lopez