Novel CoronaVirus (2019-nCov), Symptoms and Prevention
In early December 2019, a new Corona Virus (2019-nCov) has been identified in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei Province. Until this blog is written, the death toll from this deadly 2019-nCov outbreak in Wuhan has risen anew to 636, according to the country’s National Health Commission (NHC). This 2019-nCov has killed two people outside of mainland China, one in HongKong and another in the Philippines and at least 25 countries have confirmed cases.
Nepal is celebrating VisitNepal2020 and the campaign is ‘On the Go’. At the same time, the recent outbreak of the Corona Virus from China has affected the campaign. This has started to alarm the Nepalese tourism sector. However, there is now no need to worry because we do not have confirmed virus affected cases at the moment and the suspect that we had before has already been diagnosed. Nepal has been taking several preventive steps to avoid the spread of this disease. According to the concerned government authority, the government has set up screening centers at the TIA airport and every traveler will be screened carefully before leaving the airport and ambulances are on standby at the TIA airport if any suspect is found, they will be immediately transferred to the hospital.
The best thing to prevent Corona Virus infection is to avoid being exposed to this deadly virus because there is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCov infection. Although, we always suggest every traveler take preventive actions to help avoid the spread of the respiratory virus; here are the major symptoms and methods that can help prevent this deadly virus.
For confirmed 2019-nCov infections, reported illness has ranged from people with little to no symptoms and people being severely ill and dying. some major symptoms can be as follows:
- Shortness of breath
- Wash your hand often with soap and water for at least 15-20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, before eating your food and after sneezing, coughing and etc.
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes with unwashed hands.
- If you do not have access to soap or water all the time, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer but we suggest always wash your hand if you see it visibly dirty.
- Stay away or avoid close contact with sick people or use a proper mask or another preventative way if you have to go close to them.
- Stay at home when you are sick unless necessary- when you go out always use a mask and avoid shaking hands to the people
- Sneeze with a tissue or cover your cough, then throw the tissue in the trash
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommend yet for 2019 –nCov; if you feel any symptoms of it, contact the nearest healthcare provider immediately.
Some information is being gathered to prepare this blog from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, please go to the official websites of the CDC or the World Health Organization (WHO).