Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Evaluation and Self-protection

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) are always of public health concern but the individual risk is dependent on exposure.


Assessment flowchart below from CDC on how to evaluate patients who may have been exposed to the virus:

For Local and international travelers, travelling from affected areas within 14 days, who have a fever with respiratory symptoms; such as, cough, sore throat, a runny nose, or difficulty breathing should seek medical attention and notify the medical providers of their travel history, symptoms, and onset date of symptoms.


The Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public health Thailand also provided useful information, preventive measures and recommendations for self-protection and for public and private organizations and other tourism-related businesses.



Full details of the recommendations are found at https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/introduction.php


The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus.


- Avoid close contact with people who are sick especially with flu-like symptoms.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.

- Use a mask to cover your mouth when in crowded places.

- Thoroughly cook meat and eggs.

- Avoid unprotected contact with live wild or farm animals.


If you do get sick, it is important to keep the illness from spreading so you should:


- Stay home when you are sick.

- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or flexed elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash.

- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects


There is no vaccine or proper treatment as of now, the best thing to do is to prevent yourself from getting exposed or get supportive treatment for your symptoms such as cold or fever.


For more information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.tatnews.org/2020/02/thailands-department-of-disease-control-released-recommendations-regarding-2019-novel-coronavirus/

https://www.tourismthailand.org/Articles/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-thailand-situation-update



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