This is how to respond to coronavirus
The number of infected with Wuhan coronavirus is increasing. If you are traveling or staying in Thailand or China, see what precautions you should take.
The number of infected in Thailand is rising, but is far from the level seen in China, where the virus originates from the Chinese city of Wuhan.
The vast majority of people infected with the virus have either been to Wuhan or been in contact with someone who has been to Wuhan.
The Thai authorities are taking the situation seriously and have introduced border control and screening at airports with arrivals from China.
It is now the peak season for travel to Thailand, and SOS International is urging travelers to abide by common hygiene precautions and follow the instructions of the local authorities.
The new virus is part of the so-called corona family, which is a collection of many different viruses. It was also a coronavirus that, 17 years ago, resulted in the outbreak of sars, which killed over 700 people and made about 8,000 people sick in 26 countries.
The symptoms of infection with the new coronavirus are fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
Tips for avoiding infections:
• Avoid close contact with people with a cold or flu-like symptoms
• Ensure good hand hygiene with handwash or hand spray
• Eat only cooked or fried food
• Cough and sneeze in a handkerchief or in the elbow
Due to the rise in the number of infected and given that the Chinese New Year is the peak season for travel in China, the Wuhan authorities on January 23 have announced new methods to prevent further spread of the coronavirus:
• In Wuhan, face masks must be used in public areas
• Public transport in Wuhan, such as buses, subways, ferries and trains are suspended. Citizens and travelers are not allowed to leave Wuhan without special cause. Wuhan Airport and Railway Station is temporarily closed
At this time, the general advice is to be alert and aware. It is currently difficult to ascertain the extent and how far the virus will spread.
Private hospitals in China do not receive patients with fever, cough and other symptoms of coronavirus. Patients with coronavirus symptoms should be treated in public hospitals.
International patients may perceive the Chinese public hospitals as large and chaotic, and it may be difficult to find healthcare professionals who speak English.
Extensive health screenings have been implemented in several countries following the increase in reported cases of the new coronavirus or "Wuhan coronavirus". Travelers should therefore set aside time for extra screening measures at airports. Additionally, it is advised to avoid visiting any animal and seafood markets.