Novel Coronavirus: Government issues advisory for travellers returning from China; All you need to know to protect yourself and your family
   30-Jan-2020

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The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued an advisory for the travellers returning from China as India’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus reported in Kerala.
 
Advice for travellers returning from China: All you need to know to protect yourself and your family
 
An outbreak of Novel Coronavirus is on-going in China and exported cases have been reported from other countries internationally. Coronaviruses cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)-CoV and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
 
What are the symptoms?
 
Fever, Cough, Difficulty in breathing are common symptoms
 
How to protect yourself and others from getting sick?
 
If you have recently travelled to China (within last 14 days) or had possible contact with an nCoV infected person, it is advised to:
 
Stay in home isolation for 14 days after your return
Sleep in a separate room
Limit contact with other family members and avoid visitors
Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from any individual)
 
Everyone at home should maintain hand hygiene at all times and wash hands:
 
After sneezing or coughing
When caring for sick
Before, during and after you prepare food
Before eating
After toilet use
When hands are dirty
After handling animals or animal waste
In case you develop fever, cough or difficulty in breathing anytime within 28 days of return from China:
 
Call at Ministry of Health, Govt. of India’s control room no +91-11-2397 8046 for further information
Wear a mask immediately and report to nearest medical facility as advised
Do not panic