COVID19 Outbreak & Italy Travel
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What is coronavirus?
The coronavirus, officially named as Covid-19, is a respiratory illness that belongs in the same family as the common cold.
The outbreak was in Wuhan, a Chinese city. Wuhan has is a large international transport hub. It is thought to have started at a fish market in late December. There have been fatalities of this particular virus, including doctors that have treated the patients.
WHO (World Health Organisation) has reported that more than 80 per cent of patients that are/ have been infected with the virus have mild symptoms and recover, while 14 per cent have severe diseases, such as pneumonia. The final 6 per cent are considered critical. The actual death rate is 1 percent or less.
The WHO has published basic information to protect yourself against the Coronavirus.
Wash your hands, frequently
Frequently wash your hands with soap and water. Use sanitizer hand wash, alcohol-based as it will eliminate the virus if it is on your hands.
Coughing and Sneezing
When coughing and sneezing, make sure to cover the mouth and nose. If you use a tissue, discard it immediately and clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or if you can wash your hands with soap and water. The WHO suggests covering your mouth and nose with your flexed elbow.
Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing will prevent the spread of germs. If you sneeze into your hands and you don’t clean them straightaway, you could spread germs to other people and objects.
WHO suggests keeping a distance of about 1 meter (3 feet) between yourself and other people. Especially if those people are sneezing and coughing.
If someone who is infected with respiratory diseases, like the coronavirus, coughs or sneezes they project small droplets containing the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus and this is the same with sharing objects, usually in a public space.
What to do if you believe that you are ill.
If you develop a fever, cough or have difficulty breathing either in Italy or within 14 days of travelling, you need to seek medical advice immediately but without endangering others.
Do not go straight to a hospital or doctor’s surgery. In Italy, call the government’s coronavirus hotline on 1500 for emergency advice in English, Italian or Chinese. Also, you are advised to contact your countries embassy in Italy.
Covid-19 in Europe
There are travel restrictions in place for some countries, but currently, there are no restrictions from American to European countries. Some airlines, like Delta are reducing flights and have suspended flights to Milan, which is the closest airport to the isolated region of Lombardy. No other flights have been suspended.
Travelling to Italy and Europe
We are not able to advise you whether to travel or not. It is best to check on your Government health site (some are listed below) for advice.
If you are concerned about the Covid-19, you can find out more on the World Health Organisation website (www.who.int)
Other Useful Websites:
For official data, visit:
- Italian Ministry of Health Covid-19 Page (in Italian)
- Center for Disease Control Italy Page
- US Embassy in Italy Covid-19 Information
- UK Government Covid-19 advice
- Canada Government Covid-19 advice
- Australia Government Covid-19 advice