What Travellers Need To Know About The CORONAVIRUS When Traveling To Vietnam?

Nga Do
It seems that the whole world is heading to Wuhan, China where the pandemic of pneumonia is being caused by Coronavirus. Many  visitors are worried about their travels to countries related to Coronavirus. So, the following article will give you full information about the situation of Coronavirus in Vietnam so you can be assured about your upcoming trip.

What Travellers Need To Know About The CORONAVIRUS When Traveling To Vietnam?
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What travellers need to know about the Coronavirus?

Travel warnings are beginning to mount, so here’s what you need to know about the Coronavirus virus, where it is and what you can do to avoid it as best you can, in these uncertain times…

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are named for the spikes that protrude from their membranes, which resemble the sun’s corona. They can infect both animals and people, and cause illnesses of the respiratory tract, ranging from the common cold to severe conditions like SARS, which sickened thousands of people around the world - and killed nearly 800 - during a 2003 outbreak.

China has confirmed that the Wuhan Coronavirus, a respiratory virus, can be spread by person to person contact, as feared by many around the world, even before symptoms are realised. In short: someone might not look sick, but could still spread the illness.

The coronavirus, believed to have spread from contact between animal and human in Wuhan fish  and meat markets in mid December 2019 is now a greater concern, with the knowledge that it can indeed be spread via human to human contact and may not be immediately visible via symptoms.

This makes anyone travelling by air more susceptible than originally thought, thanks to the uncomfortably close quarters and shared air. Airlines have suspended flights to Wuhan, and China has banned tour groups from leaving the country.


What Are Symptoms Of Coronavirus?

According to the CDC (Centres For Disease Control), Coronavirus symptoms are flu-like, with fever, muscle pains, headache, cough and sore throat. The incubation period can last over a week, so it’s possible that you won’t feel anything for days after contracting the virus. In other words: don’t get off a flight and just assume it’s something else if you feel unwell in the imminent days afterwards.

If you have been in Wuhan or travelled through Mainland China in recent weeks, be extremely cautious if you develop any symptoms and register your worries with health professionals for your sake, and the sake of others.

Better safe than sorry.

What Travellers Can Do To Protect Themselves?

One of the few downsides to travel, is that you’re often in closer contact, in more enclosed spaces than usual with others.

Here's how to stay safe while travelling.

1. Stay safe while flying.

Travelers should avoid close contact with people who are sick — particularly those with cold symptoms.

People who contracted the Wuhan virus have reported symptoms including a fever, chills, headaches, difficulty breathing, and a sore throat. 

Travelers should try to avoid contact with people who display symptoms similar to those of pneumonia or the common cold, such as coughing or runny noses.

2. Travelers should wash their hands frequently with soap and water, making sure to scrub for at least 20 seconds, the CDC says. Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

What has Vietnam tourism industry done to prevent Coronavirus?

According to Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam, the cases of two Chinese who tested positive for nCoV in HCM City are just initial results. Some other suspected cases are being kept under close monitoring, their samples are being tested and results will be announced as soon as they were available.

#1: Vietnam stop receiving and sending tourists to and from China

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism on Wednesday proposed suspending the transportation of tourists to areas hit by pneumonia caused by the nCoV virus.

Nguyen Trung Khanh, general director of the administration, said management agencies and businesses across the country need to closely monitor the situation and keep a close eye on the schedules and health conditions of Chinese tourists. Foreign visitors who have entered epidemic areas and then visited Vietnam within 14 days should follow Vietnamese health sector's recommendations.

Travel agencies across the country temporarily stopped organizing delegations to Chinese provinces and cities where outbreaks were occurring and refused to welcome tourists from epidemic-stricken areas to Vietnam. If detecting suspected cases of infection, travel agencies and businesses should immediately coordinate with local medical agencies forquarantine purposes.

New coronavirus fears have prompted Vietnam's top destinations Da Nang, Khanh Hoa and Lao Cai to turn their backs on Chinese tourists.

Vietnam will temporarily stop granting tourist visas to Chinese citizens at epidemic-infected areas, except in urgent cases. And equipment to monitor arriving passengers’ body temperatures has been installed at airports in Hà Nội, HCM City, Đà Nẵng and Cam Ranh in central Việt Nam.

#2: Vietnam’s first novel coronavirus patient has recovered

One of the first two new coronavirus-infected patients confirmed in Vietnam last week has recovered, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday.

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on January 25 and 27 showed Chinese Li Zichao, 28, clear of a new coronavirus which has sparked a pneumonia outbreak in China’s Wuhan City.

Li Zichao can currently breathe himself, be conscious, eat and sleep well, get rid of fever, and be capable of performing daily activities, health officials said.

Li, who has lived in the Mekong Delta province of Long An for the past four months, got the disease from his father, Li Ding, who visited him from Wuhan.

Li Ding and his wife arrived in Hanoi from Wuhan on January 13, before taking a domestic flight to Nha Trang City in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, where they met their son who came there to see them.

The family stayed at a hotel in Nha Trang from January 17 to 19 before traveling to Ho Chi Minh City by train. They continued to travel by taxi to Long An on January 20.

During their trip, the father started to have a fever on January 17, while his son developed similar symptoms on January 20.

Two days later, they were admitted to Binh Chanh District Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, and later to the higher-level Cho Ray Hospital in the southern metropolis. The father and son were confirmed to be infected with the novel coronavirus the next day, becoming the first infections in Vietnam.

While the son is said to have already recovered, the father has also been conscious, able to breathe smoothly with the assistance of an oxygen ventilator, and had steady blood pressure. The 66-year-old patient with many background diseases has been free from fever since January 25, as well as eating and sleeping well.

X-ray films showed his lung’s injuries have no longer progressed. Doctors are waiting for the patient’s latest test to conclude if he has been cured.

Please be assured for your trip to Vietnam because Vietnam has very good disease control and prevention. The most practical evidence is the SARS epidemic in 2003, Vietnam was the first country to successfully control SARS epidemic. Therefore, there is no reason to cancel the trip to Vietnam in regret. The attraction of Vietnam is worth you to experience at least once in your life.

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