Is Nepal safe from coronavirus?

Arjun Pandey , published on: February 16, 2020

Is it safe to visit/travel Nepal while neighboring nations suffering from Corona Virus?
A frightening feeling worldwide, as 2020 embarks is Corona Virus that has been firstly identified in the Wuhan State of China. We've been hearing the news of 'coronavirus' the epidemic in China has begun to alarm Nepali's tourism sector. Nepal is taking several steps to prevent the spread of disease, no need to panic for now.

According to the health ministry, ambulances are on standby at Tribhuvan International Airport "if any suspect noticed, will be immediately transferred to the hospital," said one of the officials from the health ministry. The Nepal government had set up screening centers for the coronavirus at airport and border control points.

It’s common that people may think of Coronavirus as a huge threat in Nepal. Following the spreading rate of the Corona Virus, the World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency. This alarming situation is the major concern of today’s date however with the data available till the date with the infection of Coronavirus in Nepal is minor and very negative.

In this situation, you might wonder is it a good time to visit Nepal while its neighboring nation itself is suffering from Corona Virus. It’s very sad that people are suffering from multiple parts of the world. However, in Nepal, as it has negligence chances to spread around with the possible government immediate actions and medical assistance, we can say it’s safe to visit Nepal. A person who was quarantined and diagnosed with coronavirus is now out of danger with timely medication.

With growing numbers of Chinese tourists visiting Nepal, It is time to focus all efforts on preparation led by what the known about coronavirus. Nepal appears to have learned from the weakness during SARS & H1N1 (swine flu) outbreaks in the past and remains vigilant at this point.

What is coronavirus?
WHO quotes, coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Some viruses are transmitted between humans and animals. For example, SARS was thought to have been transmitted to humans from civet cats while MERS spread to humans from a type of camel. There are many coronaviruses that circulate in animals not yet infected by humans. The name coronavirus derives from the Latin word corona which means crown or halo. The virus image is reminiscent of a solar corona, under an electron microscope.

Symptoms of Corona Virus
As per the world health organization and multiple health agencies, it can transmit from the person who has no symptoms. However, the major symptoms that a person with coronavirus include Fever, Cough, and Shortness with the breath. The virus attacks the respiratory system of a human body and may spread with direct contact with other people. It is being said that it has a ratio of 3. It means if one person is affected by the Corona Virus, this disease might transmit to 3 people with direct contact. The incubation period of this virus is said to be 2 days. The symptoms of Coronavirus may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Some of the major symptoms of Coronavirus are:-
• Fever, chest pain, Chills
• Rapid Heartbeat
• Breathing difficulties
• Pneumonia
• Kidney Failure
• Headache
• Sore Throat
• Cough and Shortness of Breath

Is Nepal safe from coronavirus?
The effect of CoronaVirus in Nepal is not yet seen and the government of Nepal and multiple health organizations and agencies are working on to diagnose and cope with coronavirus. Hopefully, this may work to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Nepal. In this context, Nepal is safe to visit. However, some precautions are necessary just in case. There are not any health emergencies diagnosed with coronavirus in Nepal.

Nepal is safe to visit as the governmental bodies and private sector of Nepal is working on to control this outbreak. Visiting Nepal will not affect your travel experience and of course, Nepal does not have any transmission history of coronavirus till the date. With proper care and precaution, you can travel to Nepal safely.

Due to constant care by government authorities and swift medical response around the world, the spread of the virus has been arrested and well under control globally. The ministry of tourism in Nepal to check and curb the impact of the virus and isolate such cases when reported. A separate health desk manned by doctors and health professionals has been set up at Tribhuvan International Airport as well as in all border points along Nepal and china.


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