Coronaviruses (CoV) 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-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday, that the coronavirus’s spread outside China until now is “minimal and slow”. Vietnam’s gorvernment is taking a proactive stance to control the situation, with policies and early measures already in place.
Therefore, tourist visiting Vietnam on this period do not have to worry. Just remember to follow the safety instructions (which we have listed below) strictly.
By the morning of February 18, in Vietnam:
- A total of 16 confirmed cases have been reported for novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Among them:
– 2 Chinese patients isolated at Cho Ray Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City. Both of them has recovered and been discharged from hospital.
– 6 Vietnamese citizens who returned from Wuhan, China (5 have recovered and been discharged from hospital)
– 6 Vietnamese had close contact with a previous positive patients with nCoV (2 have recovered and been discharged from hospital).
– 1 patient with US nationality, flew back to Vietnam and transited in Wuhan. He is currently being treated at the National Hospital Of Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City.
– 1 3-month-old child, in close contact with nCoV patient.
- Thus, in total, Vietnam has 9/16 cases that has been cured and discharged from hospital
- Provinces with infected people: Vinh Phuc (11); Ho Chi Minh City (03); Khanh Hoa (01); Thanh Hoa (01).
The virus can’t stop us from exploring, as long as we have the appropriate protection!
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Path of infection:
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. The virus spreads from person to person through close contact with infected body fluids. Depending on the degree of spread of the virus, coughing, sneezing or shaking hands can make people infected.
Recommendations for travelers to prevent infection include:
1. Seek immediate medical attention if you have symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Share your travel schedule with medical staff.
If you feel sick when traveling, you should immediately notify the airline, railway or road staff.
2. Some notes:
– Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
– Maintaining basic hand and respiratory hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and clean water; or alcohol-based hand cleaners.
– When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or a sleeve. After using a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash. Wash hands immediately.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
– Safe food practices. Only use foods that are cooked and ensure food safety
– Do not spit indiscriminately in public
– Avoid close contact with farmed or wild animals, whether live, sick or dead.
3. Use a medical mask properly
– When using a respirator, make sure the respirator covers the mouth and nose and avoid touching the respirator while in use.
– If using disposable masks, immediately put them in the trash after use. Wash your hands after removing the mask.
Note for visitors on entry into Vietnam:
Currently all international point of entries in Vietnam (including roads, waterways, airways) have strengthened disease screening and applying health declaration for all passengers coming from the epidemic area, also applied remote thermometers. People with a higher than normal body temperature will be placed into quarantine for testing.
If Chinese tourists have a fever, they will be returned. Visitors from other countries who detect a fever will be taken to the nearest hospital for observation.
Hotline in Vietnam:
Travellers are advised to report to the Ministry of Health by calling 19003228 if they have visited outbreak areas in the last 14 days, are experiencing flu symptoms and have a compromised immune system.
Despite the complicated situation of the epidemic, visitors should not be too worried. Follow medical instructions and monitor the situation closely. Travel Sense Asia wish you a safe journey!