Monday 24 February, 2020

CAL advises customers to be vigilant as coronavirus spreads

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) is calling on travelers to be on high alert as a recent outbreak of coronavirus continues to spread. 

The airline says that several countries and territories are implementing health screening of travelers arriving from Wuhan, including having their temperature taken and filling out a symptom questionnaire. 

Wuhan City in China is where the virus was first identified. 

In order to stay healthy, CAL says passengers can help themselves by adhering to the following: 

• Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat). 

• Avoid contact with sick people. 

• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available. 

They’re also encouraging travelers who have recently been to Wuhan to look out for symptoms including fever, coughing or difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these, you are encouraged to: 

• Stay home. Except for seeking medical care, avoid contact with others. 

• Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. 

• Not travel while sick. 

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. 

• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available. 

So far, there’s no vaccination for the coronavirus. 

The Ministry of Tourism has announced that they, too, will be monitoring the virus closely as visitors come in and out of T&T.

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