What is the coronavirus?
Coronavirus refers to a family of viruses that cause illnesses. These range from the common cold to more severe diseases such as MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).
The current news revolves around a new coronavirus, which has come to be known by the designation COVID-19. It was first reported in Wuhan City, China, and there have been reports of it in other countries. It was first transmitted through contact with livestock and dead animals in the markets in Wuhan City. Later on, it was spread via infected individuals.
General safety tips
You can’t always assume someone has contracted the new coronavirus if they start coughing or sneezing suddenly. However, to be sure, there are ways you can protect yourself.
- Wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or a cough.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
- Stay away from markets selling live animals and avoid unprotected contact with animals.
- Avoid eating raw or undercooked foods. Use different boards and utensils for raw and cooked foods.
- If you wear a facemask, make surer to cover your mouth and nose and avoid touching the mask when it’s on.
- Throw away single-use facemasks immediately after use and wash your hands immediately afterwards.
If you develop a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, take note of the following:
- Seek medical attention immediately and share your previous travel history with your healthcare provider.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or flexed elbow – throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands.
- Avoid spitting in public.
- Avoid close contact with other people to prevent infection.
- Do not travel if you start developing the symptoms for COVID-19.
What to expect at the airport
Since the outbreak started in China earlier this year, all airports have put in place measures to screen visitors entering the country.
These measures include thermal testing on all passengers entering Tanzania. Those identified as potentially infected at the airport will be channelled to the designated health organisations for further testing. All passengers will need to complete a questionnaire before landing to assist with the detection and tracing of potential infections from high-risk countries.
What about visas and ports of entry?
Find out about the latest announcements regarding visas and ports of entry by visiting the IATA Travel Centre.
We will update this page as new information gets released.
Make sure to stay updated on your flight status.
Please visit our dedicated Travel Safe page for the latest airline updates and FAQs.
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