5 things travellers should do in the midst of coronavirus outbreak
By Kristin Mariano
Right now the 2019-nCoV coronavirus is the biggest threat in the travel industry affecting various sectors such as transportation, aviation, tourism, attractions and tours.
The fear of contagion inhibits our mobility.
If travel is inevitable, here are the five things that travellers should do while the new 2019-nCoV coronavirus is still spreading worldwide.
It is important to limit non-essential travel to cities and countries with confirmed cases of the coronavirus as much as possible. Some travellers to Wuhan and other cities in China were trapped when the local authorities put the cities in lockdown. Moreover, travellers from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, were screened in most airports; so to avoid inconvenience, it is better to put off any travel.
Avoid contact with infected persons
If travelling to cities with confirmed cases is inevitable, avoid contact with infected persons like avoiding contact showing symptoms of the viral illness. However, there are some cases that the incubation period takes days, so it is a must that travellers protect themselves by taking certain precautions such as frequent hand washing, wearing a face mask in public areas, and strengthening one’s immune system.
Seek medical attention
Seek immediate medical attention if you display any symptoms like fever, diarrhoea, shortness of breath and coughing. Checking yourself in hospital is of vital importance due to the lack of available vaccine and will also help prevent the disease from spreading.
Ask for travel risk intelligence
Corporate travellers should request that your employer provides you with appropriate travel risk intelligence in real-time to keep you safe during your travel. At this age, information is essential in battling this health risk.
Travellers must be secured and should get travel insurance for any unforeseen hospitalisation or if they need repatriation in case of a lockdown.
According to The Thaiger……In Thailand, the Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has said that the Ministry is coordinating with the World Health Organisation to keep up-to-date with the evolution of the virus in China, as well as the cases in Thailand involving Chinese visitors.
He added that Thailand “had been through similar crises before and is making use of the experience”, with updated technology and tracking to suit the current situation.
Apart from screenings at all international airports, Chinese nationals entering Thailand over the Cambodian border point in Aranyaprathet district are also being given thermal health scans for signs of the coronavirus.