The outbreak of the deadly coronavirus is centered in Wuhan, a city of 11 million and the capital of Hubei Province in China. In the midst of spreading fear over the coronavirus outbreak, travelers to Asia, even to countries far from the epicenter of the virus in China, you need to be careful.
Here are some newly updates about the novel coronavirus:
- 40,554 infected cases of which 4,824 (15%) in critical condition
- 40,171 cases are reported in the central Chinese province of Hubei, the epicenter of the disease.
- 28 countries have also reported cases.
- 910 deaths (surpassed SARS)
- 1,563 cases were recovered
Much is still unknown about the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, and health officials are urging vigilance. That means travelers crisscrossing the globe should be aware of the virus, steer clear of heavily impacted areas and exercise some of the same kinds of preventive measures they’d use to avoid influenza and other illnesses. (CNN)
Here are 5 advice for travelers who have plan to visit Asia countries during the outbreak:
ARE THE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS CLOSED?
As the quick spread of the virus, some popular tourist attractions have temporarily closed (especially in China and South East Asian countries) to avoid the crowd. In Beijing, the National Museum of China, the Yonghe Lama Temple, Prince Gong’s Mansion, and the Forbidden City are closed. So please double check before you visit tourist attractions in Asia.
Even if it opens, some places enforce state requirement that everyone should wear masks inside. So bring mask when travel and stay away from areas where disease is suspected.
SHOULD I WEAR FACE MASK ALL THE TIME WHILE TRAVEL?
Wearing a medical mask can help limit the spread of some respiratory disease. However, using a mask alone is not guaranteed to stop infections and should be combined with other prevention measures including hand and respiratory hygiene and avoiding close contact – at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people.
WHO advises on rational use of medical masks thus avoiding unnecessary wastage of precious resources and potential mis-use of masks
SHOULD I SEEK FOR MEDICAL HEALTH IF I HAVE A FLU?
People with 2019-nCoV infection or the flu typically develop respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough and runny nose.
WHO recommends people having cough, fever and difficulty breathing should seek medical care early. If you seek medical attention, share travel history with your health care provider.
WHICH FOOD SHOULD I AVOID?
Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products. Handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, AVOID TOUCHING EYES, NOSE AND MOUTH
Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.
To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the novel coronavirus. If you want to protect yourself from getting infected with the new coronavirus, you should maintain basic hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices and avoiding close contact, when possible, with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
STAY HEALTHY WHILE TRAVELING!