Coronavirus spreads: Government issues advice for travellers returning from China

Coronavirus, India, advice, precautions, latest news, China

An outbreak of Novel Coronavirus is on-going in China and exported cases have been reported from other countries internationally. Coronavirus cause illness ranging from common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)-CoV and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome(SARS-CoV). Hence the Government of India has issued the following directions for the travellers returning from China:

What are the symptoms?

Fever, Cough, Difficulty in breathing are common symptoms

How to protect yourself and others from getting sick because of Coronavirus?

If you have recently travelled to China (within last 14 days) or had possible contact with an nCoVinfected person, it is advised to:

Stay in home isolation for 14 days after your return
Sleep in a separate room
Limit contact with other family members and avoid visitors
Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from any individual)

Everyone at home should maintain hand hygiene at all times and wash hands:
After sneezing or coughing
When caring for sick
Before, during and after you prepare food
Before eating
After toilet use
When hands are dirty
After handling animals or animal waste

In case you develop fever, cough or difficulty in breathing anytime within 28 daysof return from China:

Call at Ministry of Health, Govt. of India’s control room no +91-11-2397 8046 for further information
Wear a mask immediately and report to nearest medical facility as advised
Do not panic

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