Following the outbreak of COVID-19 beginning from Wuhan (China), Vietnamese government associated with all sectors and departments have been seriously promulgating strict policies, regulations as well as taking drastic actions to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Vietnam. Firstly, WHO – World Health Organization is closely monitoring the situation and has not issued an emergency or travel ban. To date, there is no official warning from WHO or governments worldwide of traveling to Southeast Asian countries. Secondly, Paradise Travel has our words that customers’ benefits and safety must be given the highest priority, and we have been actively monitoring the situation. The fact is that you can still go on a journey safely and until now, there is no direct risk to any departing tours. Therefore, assuredly there is no reason to cancel any existing trips to countries OUTSIDE of affected areas in China, including Vietnam and Southeast Asian countries.

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Novel Coronavirus in Vietnam (2019-nCoV) - Live Updates

Coronavirus – Myths and Facts

Vietnam’s Efforts and Actions to Prevent Coronavirus in Vietnam

– Vietnam canceled all flights from and to China from 13:00 on February 1st until further notice.
– Impose 14-day isolation for all cases having contact with people from the epidemic area (1) returning from China, (2) contact with infected people as well as those at risk of COVID-19 infection.
– Postpone major festivals and religious activities (mostly for Vietnamese) until further notice.
– Recommend people not to gather in large numbers, use face masks when needed and wash their hands frequently.
– The majority of tourist attractions remain open to welcome visitors in the usual way.

Vietnam Tours 2020

Coronavirus in Vietnam – Live Updates

Coronavirus in Vietnam – Statistical data

Epidemic respiratory infection caused by a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. Up to now, the disease has spread to many cities in China and 26 countries and territories (outside the Chinese mainland).

The world: 80,088 infected people, 2,699 deaths and 27,571 people cured. 36 deaths were recorded outside mainland China in Japan, Hong Kong, France, Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Italy and Iran.

Vietnam:

– Number of deaths: 0

– Number of cases: 16

Of which:

02Chinese father and son (02 have recovered)
07Vietnamese citizens returned from Wuhan, China (07 have recovered)
01Vietnamese citizen – a receptionist who had close contact with the 02 Chinese father and son (01 has recovered)
01US citizen came to Vietnam, previously in transit in Wuhan, China (01 has recovered)
02Vietnamese citizens who made contact directly with an infected person returning from Wuhan, China (02 have recovered)
03Relatives of 01 patient returning from Wuhan, China were cross-infected (03 have recovered)

– Number of cured people: 16

– Number of cases under isolation and follow-up closely so as not to infect the community: 150

Testing For Coronavirus in Vietnam

At present, coronavirus tests in Vietnam has applied new technology that gives quick results only after 24h. Upon receiving specific primers from WHO via Japanese partners, Vietnam has applied the Realtime RT – PCR (molecular technique) for more accurate results and faster time than gene sequencing.

Coronavirus Overview

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Transmission of Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS, and now with COVID-19.

Most often, spread from person-to-person happens among close contacts (about 6 feet).

Person-to-person spread can occur via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread; because COVID-19 is not light enough to float in the air. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Moreover, coronavirus can spread through the GI tract (Gastrointestinal tract) since the viral nucleic acid (DNA) of this virus is found in the patient’s excretion and rectum.

Common Signs of Infection

For confirmed COVID-19 infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.

Prevention and Treatment of Coronavirus

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to this virus. Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough;
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your healthcare provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  • Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

What You Should Do?

Wash your hands

Practice food safety

Shopping/ Working in wet markets in China and Southeast Asia

Stay warm and healthy while travelling

At a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius and humidity reaches 80-90%, the virus will plummet after 24 hours. Humidity reaches 95%, they will decrease even faster. Therefore, you need to keep yourself warm to prevent the coronavirus’s infection.

At temperatures above 57 degrees Celsius, the coronavirus will die in 30 minutes. In addition, the antiseptic mixture contains 75% alcohol, chlorine and peracetic acid is also effective in killing this virus.

Therefore, travelers can be assured to visit Vietnam for some tans in upcoming summer because it it very hot and sunny this time, thanks to the country’s tropical weather.

Wear face masks

You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

How to wear a mask properly?

– Wash your hands before wearing a mask;

– Wear the right layer (the inside is usually pale and smoother, the outside is usually dark  with colors of red, green, blue, etc.) and right direction;

– Pull the mask that covers the nose-mouth-chin;

– Press the metal rim of the mask close to the bridge of the nose;

– 01 face mask should be used within/ less than 24h;

– Only touch the ear strap when removing/ changing the mask;

– Wash your hands after putting the mask in the trash;

If only wearing a face mask is not enough to prevent the disease. You need to combine wearing face masks and cleaning your hands properly to earn the effectiveness.

Which one between surgical mask and N95 mask is enough for Coronavirus prevention?

Because coronavirus’s main route of infection is through contact (hands with germs then placed in mouth/ nose/ eyes) and through droplets (coughing/ sneezing to spread germs around), many experts say that surgical mask and N95 are effective enough at the community level.

  • Surgical mask: 3 layers, the outer layer is blue or yellow.
  • N95 mask: N95 means 95% fine dust is filtered out of 0.3 micron in the air, which means that N95 can theoretically filter air better than a medical mask. However, the actual achievement in the prevention of infectious diseases in the community is unknown. and affected by many factors.

Some notes when wearing N95:

– N95 must be worn tight on the face. If you can breathe easily in N95, you are wearing it in a wrong way.

– N95 is not suitable for children because of their small faces, and often reduces effectiveness in people with facial hair (beard) due to not wearing tight.

– The sealing also causes shortness of breath and people with lung disease, cardiovascular disease are usually unable to wear N95 in a long time.

– N95 is pretty expensive and has limited supply. Therefore, users tend to wear it for long, even re-use this mask many times. However, this carries the risk of spreading germs through contact by touching the contaminated surface of a mask repeatedly.

Who needs a mask?

– People who have a fever, cough or sneeze.

– People who are recovering should wear a mask frequently as this is a good way to prevent spreading germs to others.

– Healthy people do not need to wear masks, unless they are in direct contact with the sick person, especially those who are coughing/ sneezing.

– People who go into a crowded place or in a closed room because you cannot anticipate the risk of infection in that environment.

What You Should NOT Do?

  • Do not travel to China or book any flights that transit in China.
  • You should not show prejudice to people of Asian descent upon concerns of this new virus. Do not assume that someone of Asian descent is more likely to have COVID-19.
  • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water.
  • You should not make direct contact with public objects to avoid the risk of cross-contamination, because some outside environments are at a high risk of transmitting viruses such as phones, computer keyboards, water valves, etc.
  • Do not make contact closely to any person without wearing a face mask.

In conclusion, tourists staying in or traveling to Vietnam at present should not be over worried. Vietnam is taking a lot of effective moves and putting practical policies into action to prevent coronavirus in Vietnam. Meanwhile, you should follow the prevention guidance as mentioned above to protect yourself and others around.

Coronavirus – Questions and Answers

1. Is Coronavirus dangerous?

The answer is YES. Because this is a very new virus to the human body. The virus differs from bacteria in that it cannot live independently in an environment but must have a host to live, otherwise they will die. The host here may be a plant, animal or human body. Each virus has its own host and usually stays in those hosts.

Because they are a strange virus to the human body, our immune system has not yet been able to recognize and destroy them immediately, it needs a learning process. Scientists have not yet been able to study what the new virus replication and pathogenesis mechanism is to find treatment and vaccines to prevent it.

2. Is Vietnam in the center of epidemic?

The answer is NO. There is no evidence to say that Vietnam has an epidemic (epidemic means the virus affects many people in that locality). To date, among 16 cases, Vietnam successfully cured 16 cases. Besides, Vietnam has the previous SARS prevention experience so that our country will continuously take action to prevent rapid spread.

3. Can coronavirus be treated successfully in Vietnam?

The answer is YES. Because the disease is caused by a virus, symptomatic support is essential. The evidence is that the first cases in Vietnam have been cured.

4. Can cloth face masks prevent infection?

The answer is NO. The ability to prevent COVID-19 virus as well as other viruses of fabric masks + polyurethane fiber masks is very low. This kind of mask doesn’t isolate the saliva droplets and the large holes of fabric do not prevent the pathogen.

5. Does checking the temperature of tourists at airports and railway stations prevent viruses from spreading across borders?

The answer is NO. Coronavirus can spread during incubation. The incubation period of coronavirus lasts up to 14 days, during which time the person infected with the virus has no symptoms.

Therefore, checking the temperature of tourists cannot screen 100% of those who are infected with the virus. If there are no fever symptoms, this measure can not detect patients.

6. Where can I come for aids in case of having coronavirus infection symptoms?

1. MOH hotline for information of acute respiratory infections caused by COVID-19: 1900 9095 and 1900 3228

2. 21 hotlines of hospitals providing follow-up and isolation treatment for suspected and infected patients of coronavirus in Vietnam:

  • Bach Mai Hospital: 0969.851.616
  • National Hospital of Tropical Diseases: 0969.241.616
  • E Hospital: 0912.168.887
  • Vietnam National Children’s Hospital: 0372.884.712
  • National Lung Hospital: 0967.941.616
  • Vietnam – Switzerland Hospital: 0966.681.313
  • Thai Nguyen National General Hospital: 0913.394.495
  • Hue National Hospital: 0965.301.212
  • Cho Ray Hospital: 0969.871.010
  • Can Tho National General Hospital: 0907.736.736
  • Hanoi-Saint Paul Hospital: 0904.138.502
  • Hanoi Vinmec Hospital: 0934.472.768
  • Da Nang Hospital: 0903.583.881
  • Ho Chi Minh City Hospital of Tropical Diseases: 0967.341.010
  • Children’s Hospital 1: 0913.117.965
  • Children’s Hospital 2: 0798.429.841
  • Dong Nai General Hospital: 0819.634.807
  • Khanh Hoa Hospital of Tropical Diseases: 0913.464.257
  • Khanh Hoa Hospital: 0965.371.515
  • Thai Binh Hospital: 0989.506.515
  • Lang Son Hospital: 0396.802.226

Or you can contact directly at the hotlines of local health facilities.

7. Is it safe to travel to Vietnam now?

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Bich Ngoc

As a true Vietnamese enthusiast of music, books and coffee, Bich Ngoc loves researching into those typical cultural characteristics of Vietnam as well as exploring further destinations in the country of thousand years of civilization.

Comments(2)

  1. thanks for the precious infos! I am about to visit Vietnam for business next month. hope i never gets any deadly virus. please supply me with the necessary hospitals where i can come for aids in case of reacting positively with nCoV.

    1. Thank you for your comment. For the list of necessary hospitals, I will send you via your email. Please check your mail box and let me know if you have any further questions.

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