The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has made international headlines at the beginning of 2020, stirring dread that the world might be confronting another SARS-like epidemic.
Originating in Wuhan, China, this outbreak is escalating at a giddy speed. Moreover, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared this new virus as an international public health emergency. There are more than 20,000 reported cases in over 20 countries including Vietnam.
If you are planning a trip to Vietnam during the coronavirus outbreak, you may wonder whether it is safe or not. Here is what you need to know to have a safe and good holiday in our beautiful country.
What are waiting for you?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness regarding the respiratory system. The name comes from the Latin word “corona,” meaning crown, because of the spiky border that surrounds these viruses. They were originally transmitted between animals and people. For example, SARS is reckoned to have developed from bats to cats and then to humans in China. Also, MERS developed from bats to humans in the Middle East. MERS and SARS can cause extreme pneumonia and death in 10-30 percent of cases respectively. On the other hand, some suffer milder symptoms like a common cold.
What are the symptoms?
According to the WHO, most patients start with:
● Shortness of breath
● Breathing difficulties
And in some dangerous cases, it can lead to pneumonia, kidney failure, SARS, and even death. Meanwhile, the incubation period is still unknown. But some sources say it might be between 10 and 14 days.
How does it spread?
The coronavirus spreads via exposure to droplets from sneezing or coughing. So, when a sick person sneezes or coughs, he/she lets out a spray and if these droplets get into the eye, nose, or mouth of a healthy person, they can pass on the virus. In some cases, a person might catch this virus indirectly through touching droplets on surfaces such as doorknobs, train straps, etc. And if you touch any of these things by accidents and then rub eyes, touch your face or your loved ones, you might all fall sick.
How to stay safe?
These coronaviruses can last for more than 24 hours on objects. So, the most effective way to get rid of them is to wash off with soap. Besides, here are some precautions that you should follow.
● DO NOT touch your face or anyone else’s face. In case you have to, please wash your hands with soap thoroughly within 20 seconds.
● Throw away your mask once it feels gross and don’t wear it for more than a day. Make sure not to touch the outside of the mask or if you did, remember to wash your hands with soap instantly.
● Do not share FOOD, CUPS, UTENSILS, and TOWELS.
● If possible, open and close doors with your ELBOWS or SHOULDERS instead of hands.
● Last but not least, always wash your hands with soap BEFORE eating and AFTER being out in public.
99% of the cases are in mainland China. There are now 10 reported cases in Vietnam. That means if you know how to take care of yourself by following our guide above, you can stay safe while traveling in Vietnam with us.
Also, we offer some private tours to Vietnam for small groups so that you can reduce contact with other people. However, we recommend that if you see someone who is visibly sneezing or coughing or sick, it is best to keep your distance from 2m to 0.5m. Or you can give them a face mask so that they can sneeze or cough into it and protect other people nearby.
In fact, face masks are only helpful if you catch any respiratory symptom. Or if you are in direct contact with people or working in a hospital.
Hence, the best thing you can do to prevent all kinds of illnesses is to wash, wash, and wash your hands. Besides, remember to take care of yourself, cover your cough, and take warning of information about Wuhan coronavirus.
Last but not least, if you catch any case regarding the coronavirus, instantly contact the Ministry of Health through the hotline 1900-9095 or 1900-3228. Or you can arrive at the hospital to check your health.
● In the North – Vietduc University Hospital, St. Paul Hospital, Bach Mai Hospital, etc.
● In the South – National Hospital of Tropical Disease, Children’s Hospital 1 or 2, and City Children’s Hospital.
● In the Central – Nha Trang Hospital of Tropical Disease, Danang Hospital, Quang Nam Central General Hospital, or Hue Central Hospital.
What should you do, finally?
If you have booked one of our Vietnam customized tours, don’t worry too much since our staff will support you best. Just make sure you follow our tips above, take care of yourself carefully, and keep an eye on updated news, you will have a safe trip to Vietnam.
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