Postpone travel to affected areas if not strictly necessary (China's risk areas are available on the WHO website).
The current outbreak originated in Wuhan city, which is a major domestic and international transport hub. Given the large population movements, and the observed human to human transmission, it is not unexpected that new confirmed cases will continue to appear in other areas and countries. With the information currently available for the novel coronavirus, WHO advises that measures to limit the risk of exportation or importation of the disease should be implemented, without unnecessary restrictions of international traffic.
It is also recommended to:
- avoid visiting markets for fresh food of animal origin and live animals
- avoid contact with people who have respiratory symptoms
- wash your hands frequently with water and soap or alcoholic solution.
If developing respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties) while in risk areas, seek immediate medical attention.
If in the two weeks following the return from risk areas, respiratory symptoms appear (fever, dry cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties), as a precaution:
- contact the free telephone number of the Ministry of Health 1500
- wear a surgical mask if you are in contact with other people
- use disposable tissues and wash your hands regularly.
On your return, if you are not a citizen living in Italy, for any need, contact the Embassy or Consulate of your country.