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Coronavirus

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2020

There is an active outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China, originating from Wuhan City in Hubei Province. Smart Traveller recommends you do not travel to Hubei Province.

The Australian Government Department of Health has said that "Australia is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China." Read more. 5 people within Australia have been confirmed to have the virus, however, Australia's chief medical officer Professor Brendon Murphy has said "There is no risk to Australian population other than people with that travel history or who have been in contact with those people". Read more. For more information on Novel Coronavirus look here: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/novel-coronavirus-outbreakGeneral infection control procedures, hand sanitisation and other measures should be practiced. For tips on staying healthy while travelling, look here: https://www.traveldoctor.com.au/healthy-travel-facts

Prevention
The key to stay healthy is to practise general good hygiene. Preventive measures are to avoid potential exposure, employ general hygiene measures and safe food practices.

  • Keep distance from people who are obviously sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently. Carry hand sanitizer for use when soap and water are not readily available.
  • Maintain good personal hygiene and practise basic respiratory etiquette. Avoid touching your face.
  • Do not visit wet markets or farms.
  • Avoid direct contact with animals (live or dead) and their environment.
  • Do not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with droppings.
  • Ensure food, including eggs, is thoroughly cooked.
  • Seek medical attention if you develop symptoms, especially fever or shortness of breath.
  • To prevent infection from any respiratory illness, pay attention to hygiene, and avoid contact with sick people.
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