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Updated Corona Virus Information from a reliable source There is a lot of information about the Corona Virus - but not all you read or hear on TV is correct. CDC - Center of Disease Cotrol's website is a reliable source that you can trust: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/ . Here you will find the latest updates on the virus, as well as symptoms, prevention & treatment.
CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.
Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease.
There may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas.
US residents may have difficulty returning to the United States.
Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
All international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.
WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:
Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.
What is the current situation? CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial travel options remain available, U.S. citizens should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite length of time. For more information about possible travel restrictions, contact your destination's U.S. Embassy or Consulate or visit the Department of State website.
CDC Zika Virus Warning The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging pregnant women — at any stage of pregnancy — to consider postponing travel to areas with Zika. Please review all countries and territories with active zika virus transmission by reviewing the report provided by the CDC. The CDC advises if you must travel to one of these areas, talk to your healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip. Top 5 Things Everyone Needs to Know About ZIka provided by the CDC