Recently the outbreak of the coronavirus has brought disaster throughout the world. People all over the world are afraid due to this virus. The coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, a city in Eastern China, however, now the effect of virus can be seen all over the world. More than 3,300 people have died globally from the COVID-19, as the illness is officially known, whereas more than 98000 infections have been confirmed in dozens of countries according to the World Health Organization.
In such a condition if you are planning to travel Nepal then there might be some questions on your mind related to the effects of the virus in Nepal. Is Nepal Trekking safe from coronavirus? Are there any chances of getting infected while traveling to Nepal? Here we will provide some information related to these questions.
What is Corona Virus?
A coronavirus is a group of viruses that causes illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome(SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV). This virus has not been previously identified in humans. It is for the first time the virus has infected humans. Coronavirus is the family of virus that is easily transmitted between animals and people. Further, the outbreak of coronavirus is believed to have started when a coronavirus jumped from animals most likely from civet cats to humans resulting in SARS-CoV. These viruses inclination has emphasized in 2012 when another virus transmitted from camels to humans causing MERS-CoV. Moreover, several coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
Symptoms of coronavirus
Common Symptoms of infections include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing. If the case is more severe then the infection can result in pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even the death of a person might occur.
How to prevent yourself from Corona Virus?
According to WHO(World Health Organization), ten preventive measure for Coronavirus are:
Clean your hands regularly – wash with soap and water, or clean with alcohol-based hand rub
Clean surfaces regularly with disinfectant – for example, kitchen benches and work desks;
Educate yourself about COVID-19. Make sure your information comes from reliable sources;
Avoid traveling if you have a fever or cough and if you become sick while on a flight, inform the crew immediately. Once you get to your destination, make contact with a health professional and tell them about where you have been;
Cough or sneeze into your sleeve. If using a tissue, dispose of the tissue immediately into a closed rubbish bin, and then clean your hands;
Take extra precautions to avoid crowded areas if you are over 60 years old, or if you have an underlying condition;
If you feel unwell, stay at home and call your doctor or local health professional;
If you are sick, stay at home, and eat and sleep separately from your family, use different utensils and cutlery to eat.
If you feel shortness of breath, call your doctor and seek care immediately;
It’s normal and understandable to feel anxious, especially if you live in a country that has been affected. Find out what you can do in your community. Discuss how to stay safe in your workplace, school or place of worship.
List of most affected countries from coronavirus:
According to the latest report, China has 80555 confirmed cases and 2984 of the death cases due to the infection of coronavirus. It is the most affected country by the coronavirus.
Likewise, as per the current data, South Korea has confirmed 6284 confirmed cases and 4o death cases of coronavirus.
Italy is the third most affected country with 3858 confirmed cases and 148 death cases of COVID-19.
After Italy, Iran is the most affected country which has 108 of the death cases and 3513 of the confirmed cases of coronavirus.
The number of affected cases is in increasing ratio in Japan also. According to the latest report Japan has 1060 confirmed cases and 12 death cases due to the Corona outbreak.
It is the list of the top five most affected countries by the novel coronavirus. However, there are other countries that are being affected by COVID-19.
(source from worldometer)
How safe is Nepal from coronavirus?
According to the recent report, Nepal is among the list of the least affected country. Nepal has only 1 confirmed case till now. It was found in one Nepalese student who returned to Nepal from Wuhan China, but he has been already recovered. Ministery of Health and Population announced that the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Nepal on January 23.
In addition on Feb 16, 175 Nepali students were evacuated from China and they were Kept for observation at the quarantine zone in Kharipati, Bhaktapur. After observing them for 14 days they were sent back to their home after the negative test result of coronavirus. Further in March 2, 4 more people were suspected for the COVIT-19 virus but the test result seemed to be negative.
Thus up to now, there is just the single confirmed case and which has already recovered. Also, the Nepal government is playing an active role to prevent its spread in Nepal. With the notice of the World Health Organization, Nepal Government has established a health desk at Tribhuwan International Airport in order to closely monitor the widely spread virus. Further, Rasuwa District Administration also established a health center in Rasuwagdhi, Nepal-China border to properly monitor the people entering from China. Also, the government of Nepal has temporarily suspended on arrival visas to Nepal for the five countries that are highly affected by the COVID-19 virus. However, they can issue visas from the Nepal mission situated in other countries.
Is Nepal Trekking safe from coronavirus?
In spite of having a close border with china, there have been only a few confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nepal. The government of Nepal has taken preventive and proactive measures to control the spread of coronavirus in Nepal.
As per the mentioned information, it is clear that in Nepal there is very little risk of getting affected by the coronavirus. It is great news for those who wish to start their trekking in Nepal. At the time when all the people over the world are stressed due to the novel coronavirus, Nepal Trekking can be the best choice to form them in order to get relief from this situation. Additionally while trekking you move towards the remote region where you encounter very few people there is very little or almost zero probability of getting infected with the COVID-19. There is a number of treks in Nepal where you can have a wonderful time. These trekking routes take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city areas and leave you with pristine nature.
Finally, we can say that Nepal trekking is safe from the coronavirus.