Travel advice regarding the new coronavirus
A previously unknown coronavirus has caused an ongoing outbreak of respiratory infection. UD now advises against travel to the Hubei province and China which is not strictly necessary.
The new coronavirus (covid-19) can cause respiratory infection in humans. In many cases it has only caused mild illness, but cases of serious illness and death are also reported.
UD advises against travels to the Hubei province and China
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice for for China (NO) on Monday 17th of Februar, and now advises against travel to Hubei Province and travels to China which is not strictly necessary, except Hongkong, Macau and Taiwan.
"The likelihood of getting infected when traveling to countries other than China is steadily increasing, but is still considered low," says Line Vold, Director at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (25.02.20). The Norwegian Institute of Public Health does not advise traveling to these areas, but asks the public to follow their websites for advice and information.
UiB recommends that employees who are traveling abroad to follow travel advice from the Norwegian Ministry of Forreign Affairs (NO) and travel advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
Advice after the trip
If you have returned from an area of persistent infection over the past 14 days and you develop symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, cough, chest pain or difficulty breathing), please stay indoors immediately and avoid close contact with other people as well as call the GP or emergency room (116 117) and tell about your journey and your symptoms.
To prevent infection, people who are ill should avoid coughing or sneezing directly at others, and if possible keep 1-2 meters away from people with respiratory symptoms. You should also try to cough or sneeze in a paper towel (which is thrown afterwards) or in the arm hook.
Good hand hygiene, both for the sick and the healthy, is important to prevent transmission of infection. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and lukewarm water, especially when you have been out with people. Hand disinfection is a good alternative if hand washing is not possible. If your hands are visibly dirty or wet, hand disinfection has a reduced effect and your hands should be cleaned with soap and water.
More detailed information can be found on the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's website.
Visits by people who have been in areas with infection
As long as guests do not have symptoms, there is no requirement that they avoid contact with others or be examined. Good hand hygiene is recommended and it is important that they are informed to contact the health service early in the event of a fever or symptoms of respiratory infection. Telephone contact with the doctor is recommended before examination.