Health Min issues dos and don'ts for nCoV patients

Health Min issues dos and don'ts for nCoV patients

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New Delhi, Jan 30 : The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has advised Indians returning home from China in the past fortnight with symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty in breathing to stay in isolation at home for 14 days and limit contact with others.

With the first case of Coronavirus surfacing in India of a Kerala student returning home from Wuhan, the epicentre of the nCoV outbreak, the Health ministry has posted a list of frequently asked questions and important information on how to control the spread of coronavirus which has claimed 170 lives in China so far. Its advice to passengers returning from China, which has reported the outbreak of Coronavirus earlier this month, is to protect themselves and their family. China-returnees have been asked by the Ministry to sleep in a separate room and limit contact with other family members and avoid visitors.

They have been told to cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least one metre from any individual). At home, all should maintain hand hygiene and wash hands after sneezing or coughing, when caring for sick, before, during and after preparing food and before eating.

Hands should also be washed after toilet use, if hands are dirty and after handling animals or animal waste, the Ministry says. In case of fever, cough or difficulty in breathing anytime within 28 days of return from China, the person has been advised to call at Ministry of Health, Government of India’s control room no +91-11-2397 8046 for further information and wear a mask immediately and report to nearest medical facility as advised. (UNI)