Should we travel during deadly Coronavirus situation?
Travelling could not be stopped. It could be extend or postponed for the time being. For the present scenerio of Corona Virus what are the best possibilities to come out or minimise the risk without panic the situation. Let's understand it with best suitable options for a tourist.
What is a Coronavirus (Covid-19)?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with some causing less-severe disease, such as the common cold, and others causing more severe disease, such as Middle respiratory syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The typical symptoms of COVID-19 are fever and a cough that may progress to pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Symptoms range from mild to life threatening (most cases report a mild illness). Those who are elderly or have pre-existing health issues may be at increased risk of severe infection.
Any Prevention Possible?
The routes of transmission of this novel coronavirus are currently unknown; however, other coronaviruses are mainly transmitted by large respiratory droplets and direct or indirect contact with infected secretions. In addition to respiratory secretions, other coronaviruses have been detected in blood, sewage and urine.
To reduce the risk of coronavirus infection all travellers should:
- Maintain good hand and personal hygiene. Wash hands regularly with soap and water or a disinfectant before handling or consuming food.
- Avoid visiting live bird and animal markets, backyard or commercial poultry farms and do not touch wild or domestic birds (alive or dead).
- Avoid any contact with animals, birds or surfaces that may be contaminated with animal or bird dropping.
- Avoid eating or handling undercooked or raw meat including poultry, egg or duck dishes.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, or who appears unwell.
- Avoid sharing personal items.
To reduce the risk of passing coronavirus to others, anyone (with problems) should:
- Cover the nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow.
- Use paper tissues only once and dispose of them carefully, then clean hands with soap and water or alcohol based disinfectant gel.
- Should a mask be worn, all the recommended precautions in order to minimize the risk of transmission should still be used.
There is currently no preventive vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19. Medical care aims to relieve and treat the symptoms.
Advice for travellers during this outbreak
Where travel is essential, you should follow sensible guidance to prepare for your trip and reduce your risk of exposure to COVID-19 while this outbreak is on-going:
- Be aware of, and keep up to date with the latest official advice offered by the country you are departing from or travelling to during this outbreak. The pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may impose travel restrictions without notice.
- If you are travelling from the International country to India or India to other country, check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) foreign travel advice; (see the summary, health and entry requirements sections).
- Check the impact this outbreak may have on your travel insurance coverage, including medical repatriation costs in case of ill health or any new restrictions on travel. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has produced information on travel insurance implications following the outbreak.
- Contact your airline, tour operator, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers for up-to date information on your itinerary and travel plans. Other useful resources may include International Air Travel Association (IATA) and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
- Be aware that there may be enhanced screening/monitoring at entry and exit ports. In some countries borders may close or you may be required to self-isolate for a set period, even if you do not have symptoms.
- Check up to date travel health recommendations and if you require further advice, speak to your GP, practice nurse, pharmacist or travel clinic.
- If you are elderly or have underlying health problems, you should be aware that if you are infected with COVID-19 you could be at increased risk of severe infection.
- Use of face-mask is generally recommended outside clinical settings for personal protection. Should you decide to use a mask (or it is a requirement at your destination), you should ensure you continue to use all the recommended precautions in order to minimize the risk of transmission.
- In place of tour cancellation it’s better to postpone your tour-plan if it is not necessary at present. It could be extend for next month or later on so that you could save your cancellation charges etc.
If you are unwell with either a high temperature or new continuous cough, and you live alone, you should self-isolate for 7 days, if you live with others, the whole household should isolate for 14 days with proper sanitize your area and upcoming members’ hands come at home from outside every time. If you are abroad, you should check where to get help locally, and contact your travel insurance provider.
In addition to the points above – Few more General Advice
Please consider the general advice for preventing the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash hands with soap and water.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.
Advice if you have contact with a COVID-19 case while abroad
If you have been in contact with a known COVID-19 case, follow local public health advice (if available), and speak to your healthcare provider or travel insurance company as soon as possible for further guidance.
Advice if you become unwell abroad
If you develop symptoms of new continuous cough or fever or high temperature while abroad or during travel, you should immediately:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, as you would with the flu.
- Call your health provider and/or insurance company to discuss what you should do.
- Follow local public health guidance if available.
- If you become unwell at an airport, bus or train station before or during a long trip, seek medical advice and do not start or continue your journey.
- Once you have fully recovered, check with your health provider if you are fit to travel, before any onward travel.
Returned travellers who are unwell with either a high temperature or new continuous cough, and who live alone, should self-isolate for 7 days; if they live with others, the whole household should isolate for 14 days. If you are abroad, you should check where to get help locally, and contact your travel insurance provider.
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