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Travelers should:

  • Download the Intl.SOS app and sign up for emergency alerts to receive safety and health notices for the region.
    Check ISOS country guides for more information (choose your location from the Location List).
  • If you have specific personal concerns about travel plans to or from any affected area, call the Intl.SOS assistance center for advice and to discuss recommendations based on your situation: US/Canada: 1-800-523-6586 or download global numbers.

For more information

  • See the WHO Coronavirus health topic webpage.
  • Contact any International SOS assistance center.

Symptoms of the Coronavirus

  • Fever
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • chest pain
  • Chills
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • breathing difficulties
  • Pneumonia
  • Kidney failure

Prevention of the Coronavirus

As at now, there is no treatment or vaccines of the coronavirus so personal hygiene is most recommended at this point to reduce the risk of infection:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Do not visit wet markets or farms.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Carry hand sanitizer for use when soap and water are not readily available.
  • Maintain good personal hygiene.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Keep some distance from people who are obviously sick.
  • Avoid direct contact with animals (live or dead) and their environment.
  • Do not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with droppings.
  • Ensure food, including eggs, is thoroughly cooked.
  • Seek medical attention if you develop symptoms, especially fever or shortness of breath.
  • Do not travel if you are sick – note that some locations have implemented screening, and travelers may face quarantine and testing.

How to protect others

If you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by doing the following

  • stay home while you are sick
  • avoid close contact with others
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • clean and disinfect objects and surfaces


There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover on their own. However, you can do some things to relieve your symptoms

  • take pain and fever medications (Caution: do not give Aspirin to children)
  • use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough

If you are mildly sick, you should

  • drink plenty of liquids
  • stay home and rest

If you are concerned about your symptoms, you should see your healthcare provider.

See Also:

Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)Division of Viral Diseases

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