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How do we avoid coronavirus?

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What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that infect both animals and humans. Human coronaviruses can cause symptoms similar to the common cold, while others cause more severe diseases (such as MERS – Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and SARS – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).

Certain coronaviruses found in animals can infect humans – these are known as zoonotic diseases.

How is coronavirus spread?

Human coronaviruses spread through drops (coughing and sneezing) and unprotected personal contact with an infected person (touch, squeeze).

What are the symptoms?

Signs and symptoms are usually respiratory and include fever, cough, shortness of breath and other common cold-like symptoms.

What is known about the disease identified in China in Wuhan?

– It is caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-VOC-2

– Infection with this virus leads to respiratory diseases that can be moderate or severe

– Some of the infected patients have died from the infection (people with pre-existing diseases have a higher risk of developing a severe disease that leads to death)

What is not known about the disease?

– where does it come from

– how easy it is to spread among people

– who is vulnerable to infection

Public health tips

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcoholic hand cleaner.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a medical mask, handkerchief or use the elbow pouch when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands afterwards and discard the mask or handkerchief.
  • Avoid close personal contact with people who have a fever and cough or sneeze and go to a doctor if you have a fever, cough or have difficulty breathing.
  • If you get sick while traveling, seek medical help as soon as possible and inform your health care staff about your travel history.
  • When visiting markets where live animals are marketed, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and the surfaces that have been in contact with these animals.

Travel tips by plane

Before leaving

  • Avoid traveling if you have a fever and cough.
  • If you have a fever, cough and have difficulty breathing, consult a doctor and tell him about your travel history.

While traveling by plane.

  • Avoid close contact with people who have a fever and cough.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or with alcoholic solution for hand disinfection.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • When coughing or sneezing cover your mouth and nose with the elbow pouch or handkerchief – immediately dispose of the handkerchief and wash your hands.
  • If you choose to wear a face mask, make sure your nose and mouth are covered. Avoid touching the mask after you put it on the face, immediately dispose of the disposable masks after each use and wash your hands after removing the mask.
  • If you get sick while traveling, please inform the flight crew and ask for medical help as soon as possible.
  • If you request medical help, please inform the medical staff about the travel history
  • If you have a fever, cough and have difficulty breathing, seek medical help as soon as possible and inform your medical staff about your travel history.
  • Avoid spitting.

Travel tips by train

Before leaving

  • Avoid traveling if you have a fever and cough.
  • If you have a fever, cough and have difficulty breathing, consult a doctor and tell him about your travel history.

During the train journey.

  • Avoid close contact with people who have a fever and cough.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or with alcoholic solution for hand disinfection.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • When coughing or sneezing cover your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or a handkerchief – immediately dispose of the handkerchief and wash your hands.
  • If you choose to wear a face mask, make sure your nose and mouth are covered. Avoid touching the mask after you put it on the face, immediately dispose of the disposable masks after each use and wash your hands after removing the mask.
  • Avoid traveling with animals. Avoid contact with them. Only eat well-prepared foods.
  • If you get sick while traveling, please inform the train attendant and seek medical help as soon as possible.
  • If you request medical help, please inform the medical staff about the travel history.
  • If you have a fever, cough and have difficulty breathing

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