It’s no question that the COVID-19, or as it’s more commonly known, the Coronavirus is everyone’s main concern at the moment. With a growing number of cases all over the world on a daily basis and some countries barring travelers from entering, it can be very alarming. However, if you are already traveling or residing in Korea read on to find out how to stay safe in Korea during COVID-19 outbreak.
1. Practice Good Personal Hygiene
This is by far the most important, as well as the best way you can prevent yourself from getting infected.
Maintain proper hygiene by washing your hands frequently, rubbing them for at least 30 seconds. Carry around hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes for when no soap is available. If you’re coughing or sneezing, wear a mask to avoid infecting others, especially in enclosed spaces like elevators or public transport. Don’t forget to cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Make sure to dispose used tissue immediately. Also, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth in that hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose, or mouth.
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Don’t neglect your health either. Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you’re not susceptible to getting the disease. Boost your immunity by taking vitamins, doing light to moderate exercise, and getting plenty of sleep.
2. Maintain social distancing
It’s best to avoid physical contact with others if possible, especially places bustling with people to reduce the risks of getting infected. Instead of hugging someone or shaking their hand, opt for a wave, nod, or bow. For those of you who sweat at the idea of having to hug someone you just met, this gives you the perfect excuse not to.
3. Keep up-to-date on the current situation
With the ongoing situation, various attractions and facilities are also adjusting their operating days and hours. Many concerts and events that were scheduled for the spring season are also inevitably postponed or canceled.
Check out this link for a list of canceled festivals and closed attractions in Korea.
If you want to check the updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation worldwide, click here where you can see the map of countries, areas or territories with cases.
4. If you feel unwell seek medical care early
If you experience any respiratory systems (coughing or sore throat) or fever exceeding 37.5 degrees celsius within 14 days of coming to Korea, call the KCDC Call Center at 1339 and consult a doctor at a screening clinic.
Inform the doctor of your symptoms, how long they have been going on for, and provide a detailed description of your travel history.
☏ Call center 1339
☏ 1345 to seek appropriate medical care for your situation
5. Check with Airlines Regarding Cancellations or Flying Restrictions
In addition to many visa restrictions already put into place, flight schedules are also constantly changing. Over half of the flights at major airlines have been cut, and many operating ones are also canceled. Check the cancellation policies of your flight or hotel in advance to minimize the loss that might occur to you.
If you have more questions about COVID-19, click this link and text hi to the Whatsapp number, which is a service provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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