The global death toll has reached 639 Total confirmed 31.472
National capacity for detection of 2019-nCoV must be strengthened so that diagnostic testing can be performed
rapidly without the need for overseas shipping. One way this will be achieved is by working with existing global
networks for detection of respiratory pathogens, such as National Influenza Centres.
World Health organisation recommendations
RECOMMENDATIONS AND ADVICE FOR THE PUBLIC
During previous outbreaks due to other coronavirus (Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe
Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), human-to-human transmission occurred through droplets, contact and
fomites, suggesting that the transmission mode of the 2019-nCoV can be similar. The basic principles to reduce
the general risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections include the following:
• Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
• Frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.
• Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.
• People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover
coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).
• Within healthcare facilities, enhance standard infection prevention and control practices in hospitals, especially
in emergency departments.
WHO does not recommend any specific health measures for travellers. In case of symptoms suggestive of respiratory
illness either during or after travel, travellers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history
with their healthcare provider.
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