Coronavirus Update & Expat Travel Protective measures against the corona outbreak.

Beings expats ourselves with 3 young boys Corona outbreak is a growing concern for many of our members and ourselves. Many of us live and travel across Asia and frequent China, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and India. Please all be safe and take the necessary precautions.




Brief Update on The corona Virus


Mass quarantine was ordered in the city of Wuhan at the center of the outbreak, but it’s not clear if the authorities there would be able to provide even basic care. A cruise ship in Japan reports 41 new cases and cases are surfacing across Asia and other parts of the world.


The death toll and number of infections continue to climb in China, according to official data released early Friday.


Nationwide, more than 70 new deaths and 3,100 new cases emerged in the previous 24 hours, the national health authorities said Friday morning.


The new figures brought the total number of deaths in China to at least 636. And the total number of confirmed cases rose to 31,161.


As expats and Global citizens what can we do to prevent getting the disease especially if we are on travel lock downs?


Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus


Wash your hands frequently


Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.


Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub eliminates the virus if it is on your hands.


Practice respiratory hygiene


When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.


Why? Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevent the spread of germs and viruses. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch.


Maintain social distancing


Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.


Why? When someone who is infected with a respiratory disease, like 2019-nCoV, coughs or sneezes they project small droplets containing the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.


Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth


Why? Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.


If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early


Tell your health care provider if you have traveled in an area in China where 2019-nCoV has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone with who has traveled from China and has respiratory symptoms.


Why? Whenever you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing it’s important to seek medical attention promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Respiratory symptoms with fever can have a range of causes, and depending on your personal travel history and circumstances, 2019-nCoV could be one of them.


If you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel history to or within China


If you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel history to or within China, carefully practice basic respiratory and hand hygiene and stay home until you are recovered, if possible.


As a general precaution, practice general hygiene measures when visiting live animal markets, wet markets or animal product markets


Ensure regular hand washing with soap and potable water after touching animals and animal products; avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with hands; and avoid contact with sick animals or spoiled animal products. Strictly avoid any contact with other animals in the market (e.g., stray cats and dogs, rodents, birds, bats). Avoid contact with potentially contaminated animal waste or fluids on the soil or structures of shops and market facilities.


Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products

Handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.


Protect yourself and others from getting sick.


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