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Warning – Level 3, Avoid Non Essential Travel – Widespread Community Transfer

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Key points
South Korea is experiencing widespread transmission of respiratory diseases through the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Community.
CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel.
Older adults and people with chronic conditions may have an increased risk of serious disease.
Travellers should avoid contact with sick people and clean their hands frequently by washing themselves with water and soap for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% –95% alcohol.
Travelers should stay at home for 14 days upon their return to the United States and practice social distancing.
Travellers suffering from fever, cough or breathing difficulties should call before visiting a doctor.

What is the current situation?
CDC recommends travelers avoid all non-essential trips to South Korea. In the affected areas, there is limited access to adequate medical care. In South Korea, there has been widespread and persistent spread of a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Community. Continued spread in the community means that people have been infected with the virus, but how or where they were infected is not known and virus transmission continues.
The disease caused by this virus ranged from mild to severe. Signs and symptoms of infection include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. This new coronavirus has caused serious illness and death in patients with pneumonia. Risk factors for serious diseases are not yet clear, although older adults and people with chronic conditions may have a higher risk of serious disease.
What can travelers do to protect themselves and others?
CDC recommends avoiding unnecessary travel.
Do not travel to Daegu because virus transmission is high in the Community and local quarantine procedures are in place. A large number of cases are still reported from this city, and this is the source of most cases in the country. Cases in other parts of the world have also been linked to this city.
If you need to travel:
Avoid contact with sick people.
Do not touch the eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Clean your hands frequently by washing them with water and soap for at least 20 seconds, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% -95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used when the hands are visibly dirty.
It is especially important to clean your hands after going to the toilet. before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or nose.
The supply of hand sanitizers, handkerchiefs and other hygiene products may be limited. So bring them with you.

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