The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken the world by storm for the last two months. According to initial studies, this coronavirus started from the wet (seafood) market in the Wuhan city of Hubei province in China. Its effects are now seen all over the world.
Similarly, if you have planned to travel to Nepal, you might have some questions in your mind. Is traveling to Nepal safe from coronavirus? Is there the effect of coronavirus in Nepal? Are there chances of getting infected while traveling to Nepal? Read further for more details.
What is coronavirus?
A coronavirus is a group of viruses that are responsible for illnesses, like common cold and more severe diseases, including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). These viruses were first transmitted to humans from animals.
Moreover, there are many coronaviruses in the animal kingdom that are yet to transfer into humans. Corona means “crown” or “halo” in Latin. When observed through an electron microscope, the virus looks like a solar corona. Hence, the name coronavirus.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
As per the World Health Organization (WHO), the major symptoms of the coronavirus include Fever, Cough, and heavy breathing. However, the virus can also spread from direct contact from persons that show no symptoms as well.
It attacks the respiratory system of a human body and has a spread ratio of 3. While the incubation period is of 2 days, the symptoms of the virus may appear within 14 days after exposure.
The symptoms of coronavirus are as follow:
- Breathing difficulties
- Fever and Chills
- Chest pain
- Rapid Heartbeat
- Kidney Failure
- Sore Throat
- Cough and cold
- Shortness of Breath
Is Traveling to Nepal Safe From Coronavirus?
Nepal is a tiny Himalayan nation lying between India and China. Even though Nepal has a close border with China, there have been only a few verified cases of coronavirus in Nepal.
A 32 years old Nepali was suspected of having a coronavirus infection on January 17. The person was immediately admitted to the Teku Infectious diseases hospital and kept in quarantine. Now, the said person has been released after making a full recovery. However, he is under regular monitoring and observation.
Nepal’s Health ministry has released a report that declares Nepal free from any health emergencies related to coronavirus. The Nepal government is working relentlessly to control the outbreak. The outbreak will not affect your travel experience in Nepal. You can travel to this beautiful country without any fear.
The programs of the Visit Nepal 2020 are also on full swing. Therefore, Nepal is safe to visit and travel around. However, you should take the necessary precautions and preventive measures to be safe from any hassles.
Preventive Measures to Control Coronavirus by the Nepal Government
The Nepal Government has taken proactive and preventive measures to control the spread of coronavirus. Besides that, the Government has also halted trade with China. It has also subsequently closed the major trade point of the Rasuwagadhi border since January 28.
Moreover, the Nepal government has also stopped all flights from China to Nepal. There is a health desk along with a thermal scanner to screen travelers at the Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu. Besides that, the border checkpoints at the Indian border also screens travelers entering the country.
Similarly, there are circulars issued to various hospitals in Nepal as well. This circular issued warrants the medical professionals to be extremely careful of the coronavirus. They also need to inform the responsible department in the health ministry in case of any suspected cases. Hopefully, these steps help to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Furthermore, the Sukra Raj Tropical and Infectious Disease Control Hospital is the premium hospital that treats the suspected patients with the novel coronavirus. The epidemiology and disease control division has also equipped Bir Hospital, Patan Hospital, Civil Hospital, and TU Teaching Hospital to tackle coronavirus.
Besides that, foreign embassies and international agencies have also declared Nepal safe to travel. Overall, travelling to Nepal is safe from coronavirus.
Nepal Tourism Year – Visit Nepal 2020 and Coronavirus
The heavily promoted Nepal Tourism Year – Visit Nepal 2020 is a lovely initiative from the Nepal Government. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation directly takes care of the programme. It hopes to attract 2 million travelers in the country.
Moreover, the main objective of the initiative is to promote travel and tourism in Nepal. The coronavirus outbreak has hampered the program to some extent. However, the Nepal government remains committed to enhancing the local tourism industry in Nepal.