Yes, Sri Lanka tourism has been hit again! However, this time it is not an internal conflict that has caused a standstill to the flow of tourists to this paradise island nation. Not even the paradise nation could withstand the onslaught of this ultra-virus that is causing pandemonium around the globe halting the day-to-day lives of billions of people. The global travel, tourism and hospitality industries have never experienced such an impact as what we are presently experiencing.
The island where the sun never ceases to shine providing a hot and humid climate has been a pleasing get-away for many who dread the cold winters of the northern and southern hemispheres For those who make the long journey during the cold winters find Sri Lanka a haven to escape the freezing temperatures which invariably require incurring higher costs in heating and in comparison a holiday in Sri Lanka (for many) has proved to be a cheaper alternative to spend the long cold winters in a hot and humid climate such as Sri Lanka.
Now the threat from viruses which cause various influenza tend to have a more serious effect on people living in colder climates and the comparatively safer climates where the sun provides a buffer against the ill-effects of such viruses, could well result in the influx of tourists to warmer climates such as found in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankans from time immemorial have placed their trust in herbal drinks which can be sued to combat cold and cold related diseases such as corona viruses. Other than these, it provides the relief for body aches, headaches, cough and fever too.
Until a vaccine against Covid19 is finally discovered, Sri Lankans will keep relying on indigenous medicines usually made with herbs and plants to combat virus-borne diseases. These mixtures are decoctions of herbal materials which include Coriander Seeds, Aratta Yam, Wild Eggplant, Cable Wood and Ginger. The mixture is boiled in 4 to 8 parts of water and the extracts and reduced to a quarter which is consumed as a drink. Such remedies which have been practiced over 5000 years ago, are not endorsed by western medicine-prescribing physicians (even in Sri Lanka), although some of these doctors themselves put their faith in these remedies as opposed to western medicines which cause immune deficiencies against viruses.
Sri Lankans have added another formula for prevention of Covid19 in the form of consuming such herbal mixtures, while the directives given by the W.H.O are also adhered to. Frequent washing of hands; social distancing and wearing facial masks.