During the last few days, the press and social media have reported an outbreak of a new disease that is originating from China.
There are no reported cases in Slovenia. The risk of a novel deadly coronavirus appearing in Slovenia has been assessed as relatively low, but Slovenian authorities have advised caution when travelling to China, where the virus has spread from.
We would like to provide our community with some information if you are thinking of travelling to/from China. You may find the following information and links useful:
Advice/Links at UK NHSCoronavirus helpful guidance from WHO
Protect yourself and others from getting sick:
- 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.
If you show any of the following symptoms please seek medical advice immediately.
According to the WHO, signs of infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
In more severe cases, it can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
The incubation period of the coronavirus remains unknown. Some sources say it could be between 10 to 14 days.