The coronavirus epidemic is accelerating worldwide. Travel restrictions, advice if you come back from China, measures in France, parcels … The point.
[Mise à jour le vendredi 21 février 2020 à 15h52] Appeared in China in December 2019, the new coronavirus or Covid-19 still causes serious pneumonia in Asia (China, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Nepal …) but also in other countries. In France 12 cases have been confirmed and an 81-year-old man has died. Faced with this epidemic, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has issued recommendations to travelers. These tips have also been disseminated to Paris Charles de Gaulle, an international airport where flights between Paris and Wuhan have been suspended (epicenter of the epidemic), as well as in metropolitan and overseas airports which provide connections with China.
The Ministry of Solidarity and Health reminds, for people who have stayed in China, as well as for people who go on a trip to areas affected by the virus:
- avoid contact with animals, living or dead;
- avoid going to markets where live or dead animals are sold;
- avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infection;
- not to eat uncooked or undercooked meat;
- wash your hands regularly with soapy water or with alcohol-based solutions;
- to consult the travel advice site of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.
- In case of symptoms of respiratory infection (fever and cough / difficulty breathing): it is recommended to wear a surgical mask if you are in contact with other people and to use disposable tissues, to wash your hands regularly and to consult a doctor quickly locally during his trip to China.
Since Saturday January 25, 2020, a specific welcome for travelers from China, Hong Kong and Macao was set up in Paris Charles de Gaulle. It is provided by staff of approved civil security associations in connection with the airport medical service reinforced by medical and paramedical health professionals from the health reserve of the Ministry of Health.
Within 14 days of return, the Ministry of Health recommends:
- Monitor your temperature twice a day;
- Watch for symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, difficulty breathing, etc.);
- Wear a surgical mask when you are in front of another person and when you have to go out;
- Wash your hands regularly or use a hydro-alcoholic solution;
- Avoid contact with frail people (pregnant women, the chronically ill, the elderly, etc.);
- Avoid frequenting places where there are fragile people (hospitals, maternity hospitals, accommodation structures for the elderly, etc.);
- Avoid any non-essential outing (large gatherings, restaurants, cinema, etc.).
- Workers / students: wherever possible, favor teleworking and avoid close contact (meetings, elevators, canteen, etc.).
- Children, middle school students, high school students should not be sent to nursery, school, college or high school, given the difficulty in wearing a mask all day.
|Returning from a trip to China or a country affected by the virus and if you have specific symptoms of a respiratory infection (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) in the 14 days after return to France, contact quickly Samu center 15 telling them about your symptoms and where you are staying. Never go to your doctor or to the emergency room to limit the risk of transmission.|
The World Health Organization (WHO) has not recommended travel or trade restrictions. However, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs advises against travel to China except imperative reason and recommends to the French – especially families – who live in China and who have no essential reason to return, to stay away from the country temporarily and to postpone their return.
No case of water contamination has been reported to date. This disease is respiratory transmission and probably from animals to humans, but the source has not yet been identified. “The first cases identified are people who went directly to the Wuhan market (closed since January 1): the hypothesis of a zoonosis (disease transmitted by animals) is therefore preferred“, reminds the government on its website.
There are currently no specific hygiene recommendations for packages from China.
Nowadays, no cases of contamination by objects have been reported. Objects imported from China would not a priori be at risk. There is also no concern about the use of medicines produced in China. Regarding packages from China, “the risk that they are carriers of the virus is extremely low, not to say non-existent“, assures Professor Thomas Baumert, doctor and expert in viral diseases at Inserm and the Strasbourg University Hospital, at BFMTV.com. And to specify that”the infectivity of a virus decreases very quickly, it disappears a few hours after the virus is outside the body.” Gold “parcels from China potentially affected by respiratory secretions are delivered by boat, the delay is therefore too long for the survival of the virus, or by plane where the conditions of transport in the hold (dry air) is not favorable to the virus survival “ specifies the government. To transmit, coronavirus would therefore need a host and could not survive on non-living surfaces like objects. There is for the moment no specific hygiene recommendations for packages from China.
- Coronavirus 2019 nCoV information – update on the situation – Gouvernement.fr
- Travel advice, France Diplomacy, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs