For the super-rich, coronavirus preparations are a lot more complicated than stocking up on toilet paper.
High net worth individuals are chartering private jets to take them to remote locations far away from the centres of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some may eventually flee the Earth altogether.
Adam Twiddle from private jet booking service PrivateFly, reported a spike in bookings as wealthy people arranged flights out of high-risk countries.
He said: “Many are from groups which include elderly passengers or those with health conditions that make them particularly concerned about exposure to crowds on airline flights.
"We’ve just flown a group back to London from the south of France, with an immunocompromised passenger on board.”
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Some, reports the Guardian , are taking private medical staff with them to emergency bunkers and remote island holiday homes.
Others are booking special private lounges at airports to keep them away from the crowds. A spokeswoman from luxury travel firm Quintessentially said they had been organising “elite” services where “check-in, customs and security are all done privately and guests are then taken to the doors of the aircraft.”
She added: “Members can request for the jetty to be cleared so they minimise the interactions with other passengers on their way to their seat.”
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While for most of us, COVID-19 test kits are being rationed, and only administered to individuals who have recently returned from a lockdown area such as Wuhan or Italy, Britain’s millionaires are flocking to private Harley Street clinics for testing.
Although Mark Ali, medical director of the Private Harley Street Clinic, has said that private clinics have been refusing private tests in compliance with NHS guidelines, a un-named source at another clinic said that they had been sending samples overseas for private clients.
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Dr Ali did say that his clinic was offering a £350 injection of vitamins and minerals to boost the immune systems of rich clients. “We know that 90% of adults have a deficiency in vitamins – what better to improve that than an IV immune boost?” he said.
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“An intravenous infusion," he added, "ensures instant and optimal delivery of these nutrients to the body’s cells and the nutrients should include vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin B12 complex, glutathione, zinc and essential amino acids such as arginine, taurine, lysine and citrulline.”
At the other end of the scale, apocalypse shelters costing thousands of times more than £350 are enjoying a boom. Robert Vicino, founder and chief executive of bomb-shelter builders Vivos Group said his company has received an unusually high number of enquiries about their underground shelters own the past few weeks.
One Vivos shelter currently taking bookings is a fortified, nuclear-hardened shelter in South Dakota which the company says is a one-hour drive from the big cities of America’s eastern seaboard.
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The impervious underground complex accommodates up to 80 people, for a minimum of one year of fully autonomous survival, without needing to return to the surface.
Most of the 80 beds are already booked well in advance.
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