Guide To The CDC Traveler’s Health Guide Under COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 cases are increasing by thousands daily, and it is drastically spreading worldwide. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) advises the public to avoid nonessential travel, internationally. To flatten the curve of the pandemic, COVID-19 is an infectious disease under the family of viruses the coronavirus according to WHO (World Health Organization).
But if you must travel, there are strict guidelines that need to be followed and recommendations from the Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice from the CDC.
What Is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause illness to both animals and humans, for humans, there are now several known species of the virus that can cause respiratory infections that come in the form of the common cold or lead to more severe diseases such as the MERS-COV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and the newest coronavirus the COVID-19.
What Is COVID-19?
The most recently discovered species of the coronavirus, the origin of the pandemic caused by this virus started in Wuhan, China back in December 2019, and as of now, there are currently over 3 million people infected across the globe.
Those infected with COVID-19 show a wide array of signs and symptoms that ranges from mild symptoms to severe symptoms and can even lead to death.
These symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after being exposed to a person with the virus, the mild symptoms that a person may show when they contract the disease are the following.
The most common symptoms are:
– Frequent coughing
– Dyspnea (difficulty of breathing or shortness of breathing)
Other symptoms include:
– Dry cough
– Nasal congestion
– Frequent shivering with chills
– Intense headaches
– Sore throat
– The recent loss of taste
– New loss of smell
Keep in mind that children also experience the same sign and symptoms to adults, and they typically have mild illnesses. This list is not inclusive of all symptoms that a person may experience when contracting the virus, please consult to your designated medical professionals for other symptoms that are concerning you.
COVID Symptoms (Severe)
These symptoms are under the severe category and are considered as emergency warning signs for the novel coronavirus, you must seek medical attention immediately once experience these severe symptoms.
– Having trouble breathing
– Sharp waves of pain or experiencing pressure in the chest
– Cyanosis on the lips or whole face
– The person may experience the inability to arouse and new confusion.
This list is not inclusive of all severe symptoms associated with the disease, consult to the nearest medical provider for more information when experiencing these medical emergencies, call your local emergency hotline and notify the operator that you think you may have the virus, use a mask or cover your face in a thick fabric or cloth before medical staff arrives.
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
This virus resembles the common cold and flu, making the primary source of infection through close contact from person to person, specifically from the droplets that the person may spread through coughing, sneezing, talking, and more.
– Droplets – Through close contact from other people, within 6 feet of each other.
– Fomites – Contaminated surfaces and objects are another way of contracting this disease.
Though most people that are infected with the virus show symptoms of the illness, some asymptomatic people are unaware of their standing and may be able to spread the virus.
How To Prevent From Contracting COVID
For travelers, this can be a tricky task since most airports hold more than thousands of patrons daily, here are some of the preventive measures that travelers can incorporate to lessen the chance of getting the virus.
– Wear face masks properly
– Frequently wash your hands with soap and water
– Avoid close contact with other people
– Cover coughs and sneezes
– If hand washing is not available, make use of alcohol or hand sanitizers.
If you have recently come from international travel, stay home for 14 days straight to ensure you haven’t contracted the virus.
Amidst the crisis, we should all do our part and practice proper hygiene and follow what the government instructs us to do, such as following the quarantine and lockdown guidelines.
Take a minute of each day to help flatten the curve in your community. A COVID symptom tracker is now readily available in all mobile application stores, made to help people from all around the world by getting the daily estimate of COVID in their respective areas.