What is Novel Coronavirus?

Protect yourself, Protect others

Currently there is an outbreak of new flu-like illness in China, called 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Since the first cases were identified the virus has spread to other countries in travellers. Here is some advice to help protect you and others from 2019-nCoV.


What is novel coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Novel coronavirus (also called 2019-nCoV) is a new strain of coronavirus affecting humans.


What are the symptoms of 2019-nCoV?

Symptoms may include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show after a person has been infected


What do I do if I am sick right now?

If you have fever, cough, or difficulty breathing please let an immigration or health officer at the airport know now.


What do I do if I get sick while in Tonga?

If you are sick after arriving from China or another 2019-nCoV affected area: It’s important you seek medical advice. Call 23-200 ext 1344/1321/1319 or +676 8880495 /+676 7702469 and explain your recent travel history. Avoid public areas and self isolate to help stop the spread.


What can I do to protect myself if I have international travel plans?

If you are travelling, some simple practices can help protect you from many infectious diseases, including 2019-nCoV:

  • avoid contact with sick people
  • regularly wash your hands with soap, or use hand sanitizer avoid touching your face and mouth after touching surfaces

As a precaution, avoid visiting markets where food and liveanimals are sold.

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