While the whole world continues to wrestle with the coronavirus pandemic, one continent has managed to be completely free of infection.
Antarctica, the coldest place on Earth, is now considered the “safest place on earth,” with no confirmed cases at all.
This region has a close relationship with Covid-19 when the plague hit the last cruise ships of the season, but the virus did not reach the frozen coast. And, because it’s currently down to winter, when it’s really cut off, it has to stay that way for now.
Although there are no native populations here – unless you count many penguins, whales, seals and sea eagles – around 5,000 people, mostly scientists and researchers, currently live around 80 bases.
Keri Nelson, administrative coordinator on Anvers Island Palmer Station, the northernmost US station in Antarctica, is one of them.
“I really don’t think there is anyone here right now who is not grateful to be here, and safe,” he told CNN Travel via email.
“Some people are ready to go home. To help their loved ones, and to be used in other ways so far in history.
“But we all really appreciate living in a place where this disease (and all the health and lifestyle implications) don’t exist.”