Coronavirus update

Mar 04, 2020

Obviously, the evolving story of the coronavirus spread around the world is of significant global interest. With constant news coverage of sky-rocketing statistics, travel bans and supermarket panic buying, it is natural to feel a sense of unease at the current time.

It is important that we respond methodically, acting on best authoritative advice and directives from international health agencies and government. As a Travel Business, we are monitoring the situation locally and globally, and seeking to develop proportional responses that are neither hasty nor knee-jerk. While being responsibly informed, we must be careful not to succumb to public anxiety and panic and dubious social media misinformation.

The World Health organisation is NOT recommending all people should cancel travel overseas.

Please click on the below video from the World Health Organisation– which you may find very informative about your upcoming travel.

In addition, their advice from their current update states:

Recommendations for international travellers

It is prudent for travellers who are sick to delay or avoid travel to affected areas, in particular for elderly travellers and people with chronic diseases or underlying health conditions.

For others:

Whilst travelling they recommend the following for general recommendations for personal hygiene, cough etiquette and keeping a distance of at least one metre from persons showing symptoms remain particularly important for all travellers. These include:

  • 1. Perform hand hygiene frequently, particularly after contact with respiratory secretions. Hand hygiene includes either cleaning hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub. Alcohol-based hand rubs are preferred if hands are not visibly soiled; wash hands with soap and water when they are visibly soiled;
  • 2. Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing immediately of the tissue and performing hand hygiene;
  • Refrain from touching mouth and nose;
  • 3. A medical mask is not required if exhibiting no symptoms, as there is no evidence that wearing a mask – of any type – protects non-sick persons. However, in some cultures, masks may be commonly worn. If masks are to be worn, it is critical to follow best practices on how to wear, remove and dispose of them and on hand hygiene after removal.

This extract has been taken from the latest advice from the World Health Organisation.

The Government Body website – Smart Traveller advises…
In most countries, we continue to advise Australians to ‘exercise normal safety precautions’.

Whilst they advise:
China and Iran – to ‘do not travel’;
South Korea, Japan, Italy & Mongolia – to ‘exercise a high degree of caution

Please see website links below for complete stories and regular updates.

https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/coronavirus-covid-19
https://www.who.int/ith/2019-nCoV_advice_for_international_traffic-rev/en/

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