With the outbreak of the corona virus in various parts of the world, one of the most suffered areas of business is Tourism. And the tourism in Nepal is no exception. The year 2020 has been declared as the #visitnepal2020 year, but due to the epidemics of coronavirus, the cabinet has issued the bill to postpone the tourism campaigns for now. The corona outbreak has started from China and as Nepal shares the open border with China, and furthermore, with no proper vaccinations and medications being found yet for this virus, Nepalese are believed to be at high risk.
As the coronavirus is taking the news on every channel and websites in the world. People still seem to have believed some myths on the virus outbreak.
Some advice by Japanese doctor treating COVID-19 cases:
1. Ensure your mouth and throat is moist and never dry.
2. Take a few sips of water every 15 mins because even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through the oesophagus into the stomach, once in the tummy, your stomach acid will kill all the virus, if you don't drink enough water regularly, the virus can enter your windpipes and into the lungs.
Note: The Nepalese rescued from coronavirus affected area in china who were under observation at Nagarkot are found to be safe.
How to Reduce the Risk of Coronavirus Infection:
1. Avoid contact with eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Use soap or alcohol-based hand rub to clean hands.
2. Cover nose and mouth with tissues or inside of elbow when coughing or sneezing.
3. Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
4. Thoroughly cook meat and eggs.
5. Avoid unprotected contact with live wild or farm animals.
The tourism sector has been badly affected. There had been already trip cancellations, with the growing fears, more visitors are staying away. As tourism in Nepal is the strong field for most of the Nepalese to earn income, it is supposed to slow down, no one knows for how long. With this being the peak season, it is of high concern that the tourism sector is seeing cancellations.
According to the recent news, visas on arrival have been halted temporarily for citizens of five countries hit hard by COVID-19, i.e China, Japan, South Korea, Italy, and Iran effective from March 7 till March 30. They have to get visas at the Nepali embassy or consulate before arriving in Nepal.
NOTE: This may not be the same case when you read this blog.
(South Korea said on Monday that it had detected 476 new cases, more than double the tally reported in China over the same period.
With 4,212 confirmed infections and at least 22 deaths, South Korea has the second-largest national caseload from the outbreak, which began in China’s Hubei province late last year.
Italy now has more than 1,600 confirmed cases, while Iran is nearing 1,000, with more than 50 deaths. As many as 239 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Japan as of March 1, according to the World Health Organization. A total of 2,912 people have died inside China, with more than 80,000 confirmed cases of the virus. China on Monday reported 42 more deaths, all in Hubei. The revelation of one case of coronavirus in Nepal has also damaged Nepal's image. Recently, the Indian government has started to screen people leaving from Nepal and this has created more panic for the visiting Indian tourists as well. (https://bit.ly/2TftcGj spotlight.com).
President of Trekking Agencies Association Of Nepal (TAAN) Pokhara regional president Hari Bhujel portrayed the picture of cancellation is alarming. "Following spread of coronavirus, we have been receiving cancellation of booking not only from China but from tourists of other countries as well," said Bhujel. Early indication is that there will be a drastic decline of tourists this year in Pokhara. (spotlight)
We do not yet know enough about the virulence of this coronavirus, though the preliminary evidence suggests its mortality rate is much lower than that of SARS. (spotlightnepal.com)
Soon after the disclosure of the first coronavirus case in Nepal, the government has started to take initiative. With the support from the World Health Organization, Nepal reactivated its health desk in Tribhuwan International Airport screening all the passengers coming from China and other coronavirus affected countries.
As Coronavirus is spreading, the Nepal government has already announced a number of efforts to prevent its spread in Nepal. Along with Tribhuwan International Airport, Rasuwa District Administration also established a health center in Rasuwagdhi, Nepal-China border, to closely monitor the people entering from China.
If you are planning to travel to Nepal, but afraid of the coronavirus epidemic, then you should not hold yourself back. The Government of Nepal is doing all it can to stop coronavirus entering the nation and make Nepal a safe destination during the visit Nepal year 2020. In this context, Nepal is safe to travel. However, necessary precaution is needed just in case. Nepal is a country full of natural and cultural diversity. As per the report released by Nepal Health ministry, Nepal has not got any health emergencies diagnosed with coronavirus in Nepal. Many NGOs and INGO with collaboration with the Nepal government are working to control this outbark. If you are willing to visit Nepal, we assure you that this outbreak will not hamper your travel experience in Nepal. So, get your backpack and explore this beautiful country without fare of getting infected by the Corona Virus Epidemic.
What is the measure taken by the Nepal government to control coronavirus from spreading into the country?
Nepal tourism year 2020 and affect of Coronavirus
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) announced the “Visit Nepal 2020” in the year 2020 with the target of attracting 2 million travelers in Nepal. This year is committed to the tourism industry of Nepal with the vision of making a reasonable brand picture of Nepal as a travel and vacationer destination, backing up the tourism foundations of Nepal, enhance the growth of the tourism industry, and enhance local tourism as a supportable industry. The main objective of organizing such a campaign is to promote Nepal as the best destination for travel among the national as well as international travelers.
VISIT NEPAL YEAR 2020!!!
As Nepal is celebrating the Visit Nepal Year 2020, the coronavirus epidemic has a great impact on the tourism industry of Nepal. As China is the major tourist receiving region of Nepal, with this outbreak Nepal has closed all the borders of China because of which the economic sustainability of the Tourism Industry has been hugely affected.
The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal has appealed to all international travelers to visit Nepal without any fear or hesitation. The General Secretary of TAAN in her statement added, “ Nepal is continuing its Visit Nepal 2020 Campaign and has ensured that all the safety mechanism is in place to contain coronavirus cases and make it safe and sound to travel in Nepal.” (https://bit.ly/2vu4N6w)
CHANCES OF BEING DISCOVERED IN NEPAL!!!
On the back of the outbreak of ‘Coronavirus’ in China, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the virus may also enter Nepal. It exclaimed that Nepal lacks proper healthcare institutes and research laboratories for treatment and diagnosis of highly infectious diseases caused by a coronavirus. Coronavirus is responsible for the outbreak of pneumonia in China, so the movement of people between Nepal and China could spread the deadly virus to Nepal, said the WHO.
Nepal is weak when it comes to global disease outbreaks. With medical service prices rising yearly, people are under the shadow of a slowly lurking problem. Still, the Nepal Government has taken some steps to prevent the transmission of this virus into the country. There are two major institutions involved in the control of the Novel Coronavirus in Nepal- The Sukra raj Tropical and Infectious Disease Control Hospital and Epidemiology and Disease Control Division. They have initiated the screening process on passengers flying in from other countries. Some of the other hospitals assigned by the Nepal Government for this case are Bir Hospital, Civil Hospital, Patan Hospital, and TU Teaching Hospital. (https://whitehilladventure.com/is-travel-nepal-safe-from-coronavirus/)
IS NEPAL SAFE FROM CORONA?
Nepal is safe to visit as the governmental bodies and private sector of Nepal is working on to control this outbreak. Visiting Nepal will not affect your travel experience and of course, Nepal does not have any transmission history of coronavirus till the date. With proper care and precaution, you can travel to Nepal safely.
Due to constant vigilance by government authorities and swift medical response around the world, the spread of the virus has been arrested and well under control globally. The ministry of tourism in Nepal to check and curb the impact of the virus and isolate such cases when reported. A separate health desk manned by doctors and health professionals has been set up at Tribhuvan International Airport as well as in all border points along with Nepal and china.
As many as four hospitals are running intensive care units to treat any patients with coronavirus. So far only one confirmed case has been reported in Nepal and the patients with coronavirus. For Nepali citizens, it is best to include some everyday hygienic habits in their daily practices. Our country lacks the facilities for proper treatment and Government support for this outbreak. The only rational thing we can do is share information among peers and family members and help the prevention of coronavirus in Nepal. (https://whitehilladventure.com/is-travel-nepal-safe-from-coronavirus/)
WORK DONE BY NEPAL GOVERNMENT TO PREVENT THIS VIRUS!!!
The Nepali Government is on high alert and has already taken necessary steps to prevent the possible risk of transmission of the virus into the country. The Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Control Hospital and Epidemiology and Disease Control Division have already initiated health screening of passengers flying in from China, Japan, and Thailand.
A health desk to detect infection of the virus among the inbound tourists is deployed at Tribhuvan International Airport. As of today, three coronavirus infection cases have been reported in Nepal. In view of this, the Nepali Government has assigned the following five hospitals in Kathmandu for the treatment of coronavirus infected patients.
Suraj Tropical & Infectious Disease Hospital
Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital
Moreover, the authorities at Tribhuvan International Airport have taken the necessary steps for intensive health screening of passengers from abroad. The government of Nepal has assured all international travelers and tourists that Nepal is safe for travel.
MYTHS ABOUT CORONA VIRUS AND FACTS!!!
Myth1: A vaccine to cure COVID-19 is available
Fact1: For now there is no vaccine, scientists are working on it. Developing a vaccine that is safe and effective in human beings will take many months.
Myth2: You can protect yourself by swallowing or gargling with bleach, taking acetic acid or steroids, or using essential oils, saltwater, ethanol or other substances.
Fact2: None of these will protect you and some of these may be dangerous.
Best ways to protect yourself from this coronavirus include:
-Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, using soap and hot water.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, sneezing or coughing.
-Avoid spreading your germs by coughing into the crook of your elbow and stay home when you are sick
Myth3: The new coronavirus was deliberately created or released by people.
Fact3: Virus can change over time. Occasionally, a disease outbreak happens when a virus that is common in an animal such as a pig, bat or bird undergoes changes and passes to humans.
Myth4: People are dying from COVID-19 in many countries
FACT4: As of Feb. 28, 2020, 2,791 people in China have died from COVID-19, as well as 80 people in other countries. Medical authorities will confirm any fatalities in other areas.
Myth5: ordering or buying products shipped from china will make a person sick.
Fact5: Researchers are studying the new coronavirus to learn more about how it infects people. As of this writing, scientists note that most viruses like this one do not stay alive for very long on surfaces, so it is not likely you would get COVID-19 from a package that was in transit for days or weeks. The illness is most likely transmitted by droplets from an infected person’s sneeze or cough, but more information is emerging daily.
Myth6: A face mask will protect you from COVID-19
Fact6: Certain models of professional, tight-fitting respirators (such as the N95) can protect health care workers as they care for infected patients. But for the general public, the benefit of wearing lightweight disposable surgical masks is not clear. Experts say they may provide some protection from large drops, sprays or splashes, but because they don’t fit tightly, they may allow tiny infected droplets to get into the nose, mouth or eyes. Also, people with the virus on their hands who touch their face under a mask might become infected. People with a respiratory illness can wear these masks to lessen their chance of infecting others
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