I guess we will never know if the OP made it in one 18 hour drive as he has not told us since he asked 2 years ago. Even with a car in ( gud ) condition.
OTOH, you have to go through the airport with lots of people you don’t know, ride on a plane with lots of people you don’t know, and then walk through another airport with lots of people you don’t know. This is considered high risk behavior today. Your response would certainly be reasonable to the OP four years ago.
OTHH, you would have to encounter lots of folks whoug bekieved that Covid
I’ve lost my ability to interpret speaking in tongues. What the heck does this mean and is it contagious?
On the other hand, the guy either made it a year ago, didn’t make it and is laying somewhere in between point A and B, or reconsidered the whole thing.