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What Travelers Need to Know

Florida Health

Disease Control

 


Novel Coronavirus in China

January 31, 2020

 

The Florida Department of Health would like to remind Floridians who are considering travel to China that the U.S. State Department has issued a level 4 travel warning recommending U.S. citizens do not travel to China. For more information, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html.

 

If travel to China cannot be avoided, the Florida Department of Health and CDC recommend you:

  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Discuss traveling to China with your health care provider to determine if you may be at higher risk for complications from COVID-19
  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and animal products, like uncooked meat
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available

 

Upon returning to Florida, self-monitor for fever, cough, or other respiratory symptoms for 14 days. If you do feel sick within 14 days of returning from China, you should:

  • Seek medical care; contact the health care provider by phone ahead of your visit and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms
  • Contact your county health department (floridahealth.gov/chdepicontact)
  • Avoid contact with other people
  • Delay any additional travel plans until you are no longer sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available

 

The Florida Department of Health is actively monitoring this situation and conducting surveillance for novel coronavirus infections. Please monitor the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) for updated information on COVID-19. Contact your health care provider or county health department if you have questions.