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[Korea] Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Precautions

  • Date10/22/2020
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The coronavirus disease was first discovered in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, and has rapidly spread worldwide.

The South Korean government raised the disease threat alert level to its highest on February 23, 2020. Here are the necessary precautions for early treatment and to prevent the virus from spreading.

* Symptoms
Fever (37.5℃ or higher), respiratory problems (coughing, sore throat, breathing difficulties, etc.)

* Potential risk factors
- Anyone entering Korea from abroad
- Visiting crowded or high traffic areas
- Touching face without washing hands after coughing or sneezing

* Sanitary precautions
Always wear a mask, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, wash your hands frequently

* After entering Korea
- If you develop a fever and respiratory problems (coughing, sore throat, breathing difficulties, etc.) within 14 days after arriving in Korea, please call the KCDC Call Center at +82-2-1339.
- Wear a mask if you experience any respiratory symptoms (outdoors and at a medical clinic or hospital) and wash your hands thoroughly with running water for more than 30 seconds.
- When you visit a medical clinic or a hospital, tell the doctor about any recent overseas travel history (layovers included).

* More information on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- COVID-19 Guideline (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Nepali, Lao, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Khmer, Russian, Thai, Filipino, Uzbek, Arabic)
- How to Wear a Mask Properly (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian)
- A New Routine Distancing in Daily Life (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Nepali, Lao, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Khmer, Russian, Thai, Filipino, Uzbek, Arabic)

* In accordance with paragraph 5 of Article 76-2 of the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act, the records of individuals' overseas travel shall be delivered to medical institutions to provide information for medical diagnosis and treatment. No relevant information shall be used for any other purpose than infectious disease prevention, and such relevant information shall be deleted immediately after the incubation period of 14 days.

More Info

Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC)

Inquiries
 - KCDC Hotline: +82-2-1339
 * Services available 24/7
 - 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)
 - Seoul Dasan Call Center: +82-2-120 → 9 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mongolian)
 - Ministry of Justice, foreigner assistance hotline: +82-2-1345 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and 15 other languages)
 * It is recommended to contact 1339 first. Numbers other than 1339 can provide basic assistance on finding designated clinics for coronavirus disease and disease prevention.
Websites
- KCDC: www.cdc.go.kr (Korean, English)
- COVID-19 (Ministry of Health & Welfare): ncov.mohw.go.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)

Information courtesy of KCDC

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