The Coronavirus outbreak has been declared a global emergency

When it comes to the global spread of outbreaks, travel is usually how illness is spread quickly from country to country. The Coronavirus outbreak has been declared a global emergency with the U.S. blocking travel to and from China.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). A coronavirus can cause infections in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Most coronaviruses are not dangerous, though some types of coronaviruses are serious, such as the type that was identified during the outbreak early this year.

How to tell the symptoms of Coronavirus

Global travelers should be aware of the virus and exercise the same preventive measures that would also be used to avoid influenza and other illnesses. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of the Coronavirus. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

Preventing The Spread of Coronavirus

The best way to prevent being infected with coronavirus includes proper hand hygiene. Hand hygiene is always a great way to protect yourself from any viruses and other contaminants in your environment. Other preventative procedures include covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness, as well as thoroughly cooking meat and eggs.

China Travel Advisory

The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for China stating: “Do not travel to China due to the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined the rapidly spreading outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Travelers should be prepared for the possibility of travel restrictions with little or no advance notice. Most commercial air carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China.

Those currently in China should attempt to depart by commercial means. U.S. citizens remaining in China should follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Chinese health authorities’ guidance for prevention, signs and symptoms, and treatment. We strongly urge U.S. citizens remaining in China to stay home as much as possible and limit contact with others, including large gatherings. Consider stocking up on food and other supplies to limit movement outside the home. In the event that the situation deteriorates further, the ability of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates to provide assistance to U.S. nationals within China may be limited.”

Depart Smart Travel Safety Tip

If you plan to travel abroad you should enroll your trip into the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Once enrolled you will receive important updates regarding the safety and conditions of your destination. This is extremely helpful regarding the places experiencing high numbers of cases, such as China, Italy, or Taiwan, as you will be contacted if an evacuation is occurring at your planned travel destination. As always, taking Depart Smart’s Travel HEROES Safety Training will teach you the best ways to avoid risks and prepare for a safe journey wherever you travel.

Sources

“Coronavirus,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 06-Aug-2019. [Online]. Available: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/index.html.

E. Edwards and S. G. Miller, “What is the coronavirus disease and is there a coronavirus vaccine?,” NBCNews.com, 27-Jan-2020. [Online]. Available: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/what-new-coronavirus-n1119081.

U.S. Department of State. [Online]. Available: https://step.state.gov/STEP/Pages/Common/Citizenship.aspx.

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