Novel Coronavirus (2019-NCOV)

Thursday, January 30, 2020

To assist the travel and tourism industry in addressing the uncertainty regarding the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was initially detected within the Wuhan region of China, Cristal International Standards recommend the following information to all those in the travel and tourism sector. This information will be updated as the situation develops and please contact us if you have any specific queries.

Background information on symptoms and transmission

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been classifi ed as a new virus that is genetically similar to the common cold and also the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus. This new virus has very similar symptoms and those infected will experience the following symptoms:

The level of these symptoms can vary dramatically and range from mild to deadly. One of the main causes of death being the development of severe respiratory illness including pneumonia.

Detection is masked by the fact that these symptoms are common to many other similar illnesses and therefore control is required that addresses all those presenting these symptoms. One additional risk associated with transmission is that the incubation period can range from 2 days to up to 14 days and therefore allow people to travel without displaying any symptoms.

The original source of the virus has been linked to animals (including bats and cats) However, it is now believed that the person to person transmission is the main route of infection. As it is not fully understood how contagious this new virus is, it is necessary to treat it as being highly infectious.

The virus can be transmitted by person to person contact, with those infected spreading the virus through coughing, sneezing or spreading it through contact with the non-infected.

In addition food hygiene and safety is essential to prevent the spread of this and other issues.

The animal route of contact should not be ignored and advice should be given to avoid direct contact with wild / stray animals where symptoms may not be evident, but the animal is a route of transmission.

Priority Advice for Travel and Tourism Industry

The link below will provide you with further information and advice on the Coronavirus

Coronavirus Advice & Useful References