UPDATE: AXA Partners and many national governments now insist on self-isolation at home for any patients returning from China (including Hong Kong and Macau) for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms. In France, the health authority is advising for such individuals to wear masks during this period. This is not a requirement in most countries.
In addition to the quarantine on Wuhan and several cities of Hubei province, the CDC and most government authorities advise against all non-essential travel to mainland China.
In China, authorities advise avoiding live markets and not to touch animals or eat game meat. Avoid visiting wet markets, live poultry markets or farms and ensure all animal products are well cooked. Patient with symptoms of cough, shortness of breath and/or fever, especially with a history of travel to China are advised to immediately seek medical attention. If arriving by air, you should report this to airport authorities immediately upon deplaning.
Use stringent hygiene practices:
- Wash hands regularly and liberally with soap and water and use alcohol based disinfectant lotions.
- Clean surfaces regularly.
- Avoid proximity to others who are coughing or have a fever.
- If you have symptoms (coughing or sneezing), put on a surgical mask to avoid contaminating other people and stringently cover your face with tissue or a flexed arm when coughing.
- Report any concerning symptoms to your manager at work before reporting for duty.
- Consult your workplace manager regarding any additional measures advised by your employer.
- If you suspect you have had contact with a person infected by Coronavirus, report immediately to a health facility and strictly follow local requirements for personal isolation to avoid infecting other individuals.
Make sure to get your annual flu vaccine. This will not protect against2019-nCoV, but will reduce the likelihood of contacting standard flu, which may be indistinguishable at onset from the new outbreak and which may require isolation or detention until the cause is confirmed.
Health care facilities are to take isolation precautions on any patients with the above symptoms and who have traveled from the source of the outbreak in China.
Be prepared to be screened by remote temperature sensors and interviews in airports, especially where flights are arriving from China.
For more information we suggest you visit the WHO site on 2019-Coronavirus: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novelcoronavirus-2019
Warning! Beware of malicious cyber activities
Some cyber criminals are leveraging the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak to conduct malicious cyber activities:
- They are using e-mails or messages to entice users to open malicious attachments.
- These could be *links, pdf, mp4* or *docx* files with names related to the coronavirus.
- They may contain threats like trojans and worms that can destroy, block, modify or copy data. They may also interfere with computer networks.
Stay safe online: