Coronavirus

January 21, 2020

UPDATE - 1.27.2020

  • The CDC has changed their warning level to encompass all of mainland China at Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel.
  • The U.S. Department of State has changed their overall travel advisory to Level 3: Reconsider Travel for all of mainland China.
  • According to International SOS, the Chinese government has imposed several travel restrictions and more are to be expected in the coming days. The situation is fluid and further transport shutdowns are possible in other cities.
  • It is highly recommended that you avoid travel if you are sick, especially if you have a fever and cough
  • If you have a fever, cough, and are experiencing difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
  • To reduce your risk of coronavirus infection:
    • Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when sneezing or coughing 
    • Avoid close contact with anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms
    • Thoroughly cook meat and eggs
    • Avoid unprotected contact with live wild and farm animals
  • As of 4:30pm CST on 1/27/2020, the current number of cases are: 
    • Mainland China: 2,825
    • Hong Kong & Thailand: 8
    • Macau: 6
    • Australia, Taiwan, & U.S.: 5
    • Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, & South Korea: 4
    • France: 3
    • Vietnam: 2
    • Cambodia, Canada, & Nepal: 1

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An outbreak of a novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China is being monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additional cases have been confirmed in Thailand, Japan, and South Korea. 

Authorities are imposing travel restrictions and comprehensive screening measures to prevent the spread of the virus. It has been confirmed that the virus can be transmitted by humans.

Read the full update from the CDC here.

Travel Advice

  • Maintain flexible itineraries when traveling and allow for extra time to go through screening procedures at airports, railway and bus stations, and other transportation hubs
  • Do not travel if you are sick
  • Avoid wet markets and farms
  • Keep a distance from people who are obviously sick
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Avoid direct contact with animals (dead or alive)
  • Seek medical attention if you develop symptoms, especially a fever or shortness of breath
  • Monitor up-to-date information about the virus from the CDC, International SOS, and local media