Updated Information for travellers on Covid-19 in Vietnam

Updated Information for travellers on Covid-19 in Vietnam

The latest travel information on Covid-19 in Vietnam : Vietnam's situation, how Vietnam take actions to control the pandemic spreading and some useful guides on how to proctect ourselves from Covid-19.........

Vietnam’s Efforts and Actions to Prevent COVID-19 in Vietnam

The spreading of Covid-19 has made a bad influence to public health & economy in global scales.The number of effected cases & deaths are reported everyday in bigger number causing more and more troubles to every nation's health care & people's life.

In Vietnam, to prevent  the spread of Covid-19,Vietnamese government associated with all sectors and departments have been seriously promulgating strict policies, regulations as well as taking drastic actions.

1. Cancellation of all flights from and to China from 13:00 on February 1st and from and to South Korea until further notice.

2. 14-day quarantine 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.

3. Closure of overland border crossings between China and Vietnam.

4. Medical declaration and screening of all travelers before entry to Vietnam.

5. Strengthened disease screening at international points of entry.

6. 45 quick response medical teams set up to assist hospitals nationwide.

7. Four hospitals designated with more than 4,000 beds by Ministry of Defense to handle potential cases.

8. Cancellation of festivals and tourism activities countrywide until further notice.

9. Temporary closure of public schools in 63 provinces.

10. Recommendation to strictly follow standard prevention measures according to WHO, especially washing hands frequently

VNA prevention against Covid-19

Important Information for Travelers on COVID-19 in Vietnam.

Suspended visa exemptions for travelers to Vietnam

Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa exemptions for citizens of these countries:

  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Norway

Countries with more than 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, or more than 50 new cases per day, can also expect to have visa exemptions to Vietnam suspended at this time. Vietnam may refuse to grant visas to travelers showing symptoms of COVID-19.

With special exceptions only, all travelers arriving from and who have transited through mainland China, Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk within the past 14 days will be refused entry to Vietnam at this time.

Flight changes related to COVID-19 in Vietnam

Since February 1, all flights to and from mainland China on all airlines have been indefinitely suspended by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam. Flights connecting to Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan are operational with many airlines running reduced routes.

Flight changes related to COVID-19 in Vietnam in detail: Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways have suspended flights between South Korea and Vietnam, while other airlines have reduced flights between the two countries. Jetstar Pacific will suspend flights from Da Nang to Kaohsiung and Taipei from March 5 to 31, while Vietjet will suspend flights between Vietnam and Korea from July 7.

E-mail medical declarations, medical checks & quarantines

1. From March 7, all inbound travellers coming to Vietnam will be required to submit a health declaration upon arrival. Travellers can fill out the declaration at the airport or submit it in advance here.

2. Travellers showing symptoms of COVID-19 may be required to carry out medical checks, and placed in a 14-day quarantine at designated health facilities in Vietnam.

3. All travellers entering Vietnam from or having transited through mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy, and Iran must carry out medical declarations and medical checks upon entering the country.

4. All visitors are required to comply with regulations on epidemic prevention and health screening upon landing in Vietnam’s airports.

Closures and Cancellations Due to COVID-19 in Vietnam

1. A number of festivals and events in Vietnam have been cancelled or postponed in alignment with the government’s directive to avoid public gatherings. Among the cancelled festivals this year are:

  • Yen Tu Festival in Quang Ninh
  • Tam Chuc Festival in Ha Nam
  • Tran Temple Festival in Nam Dinh
  • The Huyen Tran Festival in Hue
  • Activities for Visit Vietnam Year 2020 in Ninh Binh, Hoa Lu have been postponed to a more appropriate time.

2. Organizers have also announced that several tourism and sporting events will be postponed or cancelled:

  • Hue Festival 2020 – Postponed to August 28, 2020
  • Da Lat Sufferfest – Postponed
  • Quang Binh Marathon – Postponed
  • Techcombank Ha Noi Marathon – Postponed
  • Sunrise Sprint – Postponed to May 3, 2020
  • Da Nang International Fireworks Festival 2020 – Cancelled
  • Da Lat Ultra Trail 2020 – Postponed to June 19-21, 2020
  • Vietnam’s inaugural Formula 1 Vietnam Grand Prix 2020 which expected to take place from April 3th to 5th, 2020 will be postponed.

3. Pedestrian and walking zones in Hue and Hanoi — common gathering places for locals and tourists — will be closed until the situation improves. Tourism sites across the country are also setting aside closure days to disinfect their premises.

NOTE: From March 12 to further notice, Ha Long Bay and other attractions in Quang Ninh such as Bai Tu Long Bay and Yen Tu Complex will not be receiving guests.

How Many Cases of COVID-19 in Vietnam?

COVID-19 in Vietnam – Statistical data (28 March 2020)

Epidemic respiratory infection caused by a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. To date, 199 countries/ territories around the world have recorded cases.

The world: 594,286 infected people; 27,247 deaths.

Vietnam:

  • Number of cases: 169
  • Number of cured: 20
  • Number of deaths: 0

Of which :

02

Chinese father and son (02 cured)

07

Vietnamese citizens returned from Wuhan, China (07 cured)

01

Vietnamese citizen – a receptionist who had close contact with the 02 Chinese father and son (01 cured)

01

U.S. citizen came to Vietnam, previously in transit in Wuhan, China (01 cured)

02

Vietnamese citizens who made contact directly with an infected person returning from Wuhan, China (02 cured)

03

Relatives of 01 patient returning from Wuhan, China were cross-infected (03 cured)

01

Vietnamese citizen coming back Vietnam from the epidemic area in Italy; previously in transit in Paris, France (Patient no.17)

10

People on the same plane with Patient no.17, including Patient no.22 & Patient no.23 (02 cured: Patient no.22 & Patient no.23)

01

Vietnamese citizen coming back to Vietnam from Korea – Patient no.18 (01 cured)

06

People were infected by making contact directly with Patient no.17, including Patient no.32

01

Vietnamese citizen made contact directly with Patient no.22 & Patient no.23 (Patient no.35) (o1 cured)

02

Vietnamese citizens were infected by making contact directly with Patient no.24

01

Vietnamese citizen on the flights to/ from Vietnam from/ to New York (U.S.), previously in transit in Incheon (Korea) and Doha (Qatar) (Patient no.34)

06

Vietnamese citizens making contact directly with Patient no.34, including Patient no.37Patient no.45 & Patient no.48

01

Vietnamese citizen made contact directly with Patient no.38 (daughter of Patient no.34) (01 cured)

01

Czechish citizen on the flight to Vietnam, previously in transit in Doha (Qatar)

01

Vietnamese teenager making contact directly with Patient no.37

01

Flight attendant on the flight from London to Hanoi (Patient no.46)

02

Vietnamese citizens on the flight from London to Hanoi

01

Vietnamese citizen on the flight from Paris to Vietnam

01

Exchange student from Europe to Hanoi

01

Latvian citizen on the flight from Spanish to Ho Chi Minh City

01

Germany citizen on the flight from France to Vietnam

01

England citizen on the flight from the UK to Vietnam

01

England citizen on the flight from London to Hanoi (same flight with Patient no.46)

02

Vietnamese citizens on the flight from Malaysia to Hanoi

01

Exchange student from France, on the flight to Vietnam

01

Flight attendant on the flight from United Kingdom to Vietnam (Patient no.59)

01

French citizen on the flight from France to Vietnam (Patient no.60)

02

Exchange students from the UK, on the flight to Vietnam

01

Vietnamese citizen with her boyfriend flying from Switzerland to Vietnam, previously in transit in Dubai

01

Vietnamese citizen flying from Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, U.S. to Toronto, Canada and in transit in Taiwan, then back to Vietnam

01

Vietnamese citizen working and making direct contact with Patient no.45 & Patient no.48

01

U.S. citizen flying back home in Da Nang from Singapore (Patient no.68)

01

German citizen staying in Hanoi as a tourist, entering Noi Bai International Airport on March 13, 2020 on flight SU290 (Patient no.69)

01

International male student in England, entering Noi Bai International Airport on March 16, 2020 on the flight TK164 (Patient no.70)

01

International female student in England, entering Noi Bai International Airport on March 16, 2020 on the flight TK164 (Patient no.71)

01

French woman on the flight from France to Noi Bai International Airport on March 9, 2020 (Patient no.72)

01

Vietnamese citizen coming back to Vietnam on the flight VN0054 (Patient no.73)

01

Vietnamese citizen returning to Vietnam on the flight VN0018 (Patient no.74)

01

Vietnamese citizen from Vietnam to London – UK to visit relatives and returned to Vietnam on the flight VN50 (Patient no.75)

01

French passenger on the flight TK162 entry at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on March 10, 2020 (Patient no.76)

01

Overseas female student in the UK returning to Vietnam on the flight QR976, landed at Noi Bai International Airport on March 17, 2020 (Patient no.77)

01

Overseas male student in England returning to Vietnam on the flight EK394, landed at Noi Bai International Airport on March 17, 2020 (Patient no.78)

02

Vietnamese mother and son going from London to Dubai, then back to Vietnam on the flight EK392 on March 15, 2020 (Patient no.79 & Patient no.80)

01

Vietnamese citizen flying from France to Vietnam on the flight AF258 on March 15, 2020 (Patient no.81)

01

Vietnamese citizen going to Dubai from London, then back to Vietnam on the flight EK392 (Patient no.82)

01

U.S. citizen going to Phuket, Thailand and from Istanbul, Turkey to Vietnam on the flight TK162 (Patient no.83)

02

Overseas students in the UK flying back to Vietnam on the flight VN0054, landed at Noi Bai International Airport on March 18, 2020 (Patient no.84 & Patient no.85)

01

Vietnamese citizen nursing at HIV Outpatient Clinic – Center for Tropical Diseases of Bach Mai Hospital, returning from vacation in Con Dao (Patient no.86)

01

Nurse working in the reception area at the Center for Tropical Diseases of Bach Mai Hospital, having close contact with Patient no.86 (Patient no.87)

01

Vietnamese citizen residing in Ha Dong, Hanoi, is an international student in the UK, entering Noi Bai on March 12, 2020 (Patient no.88)

01

Vietnamese citizen returning to Tan Son Nhat International Airport late at night on March 17, 2020 from Japan on a flight with the number NH831 (Patient no.89)

01

Vietnamese citizen flying from Spain to Dubai, arrived at Tan Son Nhat airport on March 16, 2020 on Emirates Airlines flight EK392 (Patient no.90)

01

British pilot of Vietnam Airlines (Patient no.91)

01

Vietnamese citizen – an international student in France, returning to Vietnam on March 17, 2020 on Qatar Airways flight QR970 (Patient no.92)

01

Vietnamese student studying in Hungary and entered Noi Bai airport on March 18, 2020 (Patient no.93)

01

Vietnamese citizen going to Czech Republic to visit her daughter, returning to Noi Bai International Airport on March 18, 2020 on flight SU290 with Patient no.93 (Patient no.94)

01

Vietnamese citizen – an international student in France. On March 18, 2020, arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport from France, on the flight of AirFrance airline number AF258 (Patient no.95)

01

Vietnamese citizen flying from France to Vietnam, in transit in Dubai on Emirates airline flight number EK392 and entering Tan Son Nhat airport on March 19, 2020 (Patient no.96)

01

British citizen stayed in Malaysia for 2 weeks before returning to Vietnam on March 14, 2020 to visit the Buddha Bar (where Patient no.91 also came on the same day) (Patient no.97)

01

British citizen from Malaysia arrived at Tan Son Nhat airport on March 6, 2020; together with Patient no.97 to go to the Buddha Bar on March 14, 2020 (Patient no.98)

01

Vietnamese citizen from Paris – France arrived at Tan Son Nhat airport on March 18, 2020 on the flight of AirFrance airline number AF258 (Patient no.99)

01

Vietnamese citizen coming to Vietnam after attending a festival in Malaysia (Patient no.100)

01

Vietnamese citizen having the number of seat on the flight was 26F (Patient no.101)

01

Vietnamese citizen having the number of seat on the flight was 20D (Patient no.102)

01

Vietnamese citizen having the number of seat on the flight was 12F (Patient no.103)

01

Vietnamese citizen having the number of seat on the flight was 27D (Patient no.104)

01

Vietnamese citizen having the number of seat on the flight was 6E (Patient no.105)

01

Vietnamese citizen having the number of seat on the flight was 6C (Patient no.106)

01

Vietnamese citizen living with Patient no.86 (Patient no.107)

01

Vietnamese student in the UK returning to Vietnam on March 18, 2020 on flight VN054 (Patient no.108)

01

Lecturer of a British university, returned to Vietnam on March 15, 2020 (transited via Bangkok, Thailand then from Thailand to Vietnam on the flight TG560) (Patient no.109)

01

Vietnamese student in the US, returned to Vietnam on March 19, 2020 (transited in Japan, then from Japan to Hanoi on flight JL571 (Patient no.110)

01

International student in France, returned to Vietnam on March 18, 2020 on flight VN018 (Patient no.111)

01

International student in France. On the morning of March 18, 2020 back to Noi Bai International Airport on flight VN018 (Patient no.112)

01

British student returning to Vietnam on flight VN054 on March 18, 2020 (Patient no.113)

01

Vietnamese student in the Netherlands returning to Vietnam on March 15, 2020 on SQ176 flight (transit in Singapore) (Patient no.114)

01

Vietnamese citizen living in Czech Republic (daughter of Patient no.94). The patient returned to Vietnam and entered through Noi Bai International Airport on March 18, 2020 on flight SU290 with Patient no.94 and Patient no.93 (Patient no.115)

01

Doctor of Emergency Department, Dong Anh Central Tropical Diseases Hospital, participating in COVID-19 epidemic prevention since January 31, 2020 (Patient no.116)

01

Vietnamese citizen traveled to Cambodia and returned to Vietnam through Moc Bai – Tay Ninh border gate from March 9, 2020 to March 19, 2020 (Patient no.117)

01

Vietnamese citizen worked as Galaxy casinos in Cambodia and returned to Vietnam on March 19, 2020 through Moc Bai – Tay Ninh border gate (Patient no.118)

01

American citizen moved often between Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and returned to Vietnam on March 15, 2020 (Patient no.119)

01

Canadian citizen contacted directly with Patient no.91 from March 14, 2020 at some restaurants, places of fun, including Buddha Bar (Patient no.120)

01

Male person entered Tan Son Nhat International Airport on flight NH831 from New York – United States to Vietnam on March 19,2020; transited at Narita – Japan (Patient no.121)

01

Pub worker in Bangkok – Thailand; traveled from Suvarnabhumi International Airport – Thailand and arrived at Danang International Airport on the flight number TG947 on March 20, 2020 (Patient no.122)

01

Female person living in Sarawar – Malaysia for 3-4 months, then traveled from Malaysia to Brunei and returned to Vietnam on flight number BI381 on March 17, 2020 (Patient no.123)

01

Brazilian citizen came to Buddha Bar on March 14, 2020 (Patient no.124)

01

South African citizen used to go to Buddha Bar from 21:30 on March 14, 2020 to 03:00 on March 15, 2020 (Patient no.125)

01

South African citizen, a friend of Patient no.125 (Patient no.126)

01

Waitress (in the afternoon shift from 21:00 – 04:00) at Buddha Bar (Patient no.127)

02

International students in the UK, returning to Noi Bai on March 20, 2020 on flight VN0054 (Patient no.128 & Patient no.129)

03

Tourists from Spain, in transit in Russia and returned to Noi Bai on March 22, 2020 on flight SU290 (Patient no.130, Patient no.131 & Patient no.132)

01

Vietnamese citizen who had to go to Bach Mai Hospital for treatment and on March 22, 2020 returned home in Lai Chau province (Patient no.133)

01

Tourist from abroad, entering Noi Bai on March 18, 2020 on flight SU290 (Patient no.134)

01

Person departed from Copenhagen, Denmark, transited in Doha and Bangkok, and entered Vietnam on March 21, 2020 on flight number PG947 (Patient no.135)

01

Student from the U.S., entering Noi Bai on February 16, 2020 (Patient no.136)

01

Tourist from Germany, entered Noi Bai on March 15, 2020 (Patient no.137)

01

Student from England, entered Noi Bai on March 21, 2020 on flight VN0054 (Patient no.138)

03

International students in the UK, returning to Noi Bai on March 21, 2020 on flight VN0054 (Patient no.139, Patient no.140 & Patient no.147)

01

Doctor working at the Emergency Department, Dong Anh Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases, exposed when manipulating the breathing apparatus set up for Patient no.28 on the same day to another doctor – Patient no.116 (Patient no.141)

01

International student in the United States, arrived in Vietnam on March 10, 2020 on the flight BR395 (Patient no.142)

01

South African citizen, traveled from the United States, in transit in Taiwan and back to Vietnam on March 21, 2020 on flight number BR395 (Patient no.143)

01

Vietnamese citizen returned to Vietnam from England on Vietnam Airlines VN0050 flight on March 22, 2020 (Patient no.144)

01

Vietnamese citizen took flight VN0050 of Vietnam Airlines Corporation, seat number 28A, arrived at Can Tho airport on March 22, 2020 (Patient no.145)

01

Vietnamese citizen traveled to Thailand and made direct contact with confirmed positive cases in Da Nang when coming back to Vietnam from Thailand (Patient no.146)

01

French tourist from France to Vietnam on March 12, 2020 on flight VN0018 (Patient no.148)

01

Freelance worker in the State of Hessen – Germany, came back to Vietnam on March 23, 2020 on Vietnam Airlines flight VN36 (Patient no.149)

01

Vietnamese citizen coming back to Vietnam from U.S., in transit in Taiwan – China on EVA Air flight, BR395 (Patient no.150)

01

Brazilian colleague, had close contact with Patient no.124 (Patient no.151)

01

Vietnamese citizen living in the same house with Patient no.127 (Buddha Bar male employee) (Patient no.152)

01

Vietnamese citizen went to Australia to visit relatives and returned to Vietnam on March 21, 2020 on flight VN772 (Patient no.153)

03

International students in England, flew from England to Can Tho on flight VN0050 on March 20, 2020; sharing the same flight with Patient no.145 (Patient no.154, Patient no.155 & Patient no.156)

01

British citizen exposed to a positive case in Buddha Bar (Patient no.157)

02

Brazilian citizens exposed to a positive case in Buddha bar on March 14, 2020 (Patient no.158 & Patient no.159)

01

Vietnamese citizen had contact with sister suffering from COVID-19 in Spain, moved back to Vietnam on March 22, 2020 on flight SU292 (Patient no.160)

01

Patient sharing the same room with Patient no.133 at the Department of Natural Diseases, Neurology Department of Bach Mai Hospital from March 17-22, 2020 (Patient no.161)

02

Daughter-in-law & another person coming to the hospital to take care of Patient no.161 (Patient no.162 & Patient no.163)

01

International student in the UK, returning to Vietnam on March 23, 2020 on flight VN0054 (Patient no.164)

01

Vietnamese citizen returning to Vietnam from England on March 23, 2020 on flight VN0054 (Patient no.165)

01

Person living in Thailand, returned to Vietnam on March 20, 2020 on a flight bearing TG564 (Patient no.166)

01

Danish citizen entering Noi Bai International Airport on March 8, 2020 on flight QR976 (Patient no.167)

02

Providers of boiling water of Bach Mai Hospital (Patient no.168 & Patient no.169) (update soon)

Travel Information for traveller on Covid-19 in Vietnam

Currently, travelers should be informed that Europe is the center of epidemic and Vietnam is coming through complicated changes under that fact. In detail, in March 2nd, the Patient no.17 came back to Vietnam from Italy (previously in transit in Paris, France) as mentioned above and without honest medical declaration. Therefore, Vietnam is drastically tracking and staking all the passengers on the same flight as well as people making direct contact with Patient no.17 for quarantines and medical tests.

For that reason, Vietnam has been implementing prevention measures including tightly controlling tourists from European countries or other epidemic areas. Italy and Denmark are 2 first European countries that began country-wide lockdown due to the serious situation of COVID-19 in those nations.

Testing For COVID-19 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.

COVID-19 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?

1.Wash your hands.

Travel information for travel on Covid 19 in Vietnan -washing

2.Practice food safety

3.Shopping/ Working in wet markets in China and Southeast Asia

4.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.

5.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?

EVERYONE should wear masks to prevent COVID-19, especially:

– 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.

– 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?

  • 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, travelling is not advisable to do on this time when the pandemic is hard to guess, you can not visit any sightseeing or you may have to spend your travel time on quarantine camps if you have any contact with the effected people.In cases, tourists are staying in Vietnam at the moment, you should not be over-worried. Vietnam is taking a lot of effective moves and putting practical policies into action to prevent COVID-19 in Vietnam. Meanwhile, you should follow the prevention guidance as mentioned above to protect yourself and others around.

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