Corona virus Disease (COVID-19)
Coronaviruses is a common virus family known to cause a range of diseases ranging
from common colds to severe pneumonia.
The Novel Coronavirus is a new type of Coronavirus that has not previously been found
in humans. The new virus in the Peoples's Republic of China is called COVID-19. Other
known types of Corona virus include MERS- Coronavirus, and SARS-Coronavirus.
The first case of this virus was reported on December 31, 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei
Province, Peoples Republic of China.
What can be done to protect against the new Corona virus disease?
Following procedures to be applied to reduce the risk and prevent the new Corona virus
- Avoid direct contact with animals (live or dead)
- Avoid direct contact with anyone with symptoms of a cold or respiratory infection.
- Cover nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing with tissue or flexed elbow.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rub.
- Make sure that animal products are cooked well before eating them.
For travelers to areas where the new Corona virus has appeared follow the above precautions. In addition, stay at home and avoid crowded places as much as possible, using mask when in a crowded place, and go to the nearest healthcare institution in case of presence of any of the symptoms.
For those coming from the Peoples Republic of China within the past 14 days or if
you are in direct contact with a person who has visited China and suffer from chest
infection and you have the following symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath,
difficulty breathing), visit the airport health control clinic/ Health disk directly, or visit the
nearest health center while you are in Oman and report your travel history.