COVID-19 – Guidelines For Visiting Japan During An Outbreak

Situation as of 03/09

As of this writing, there are 1,207 confirmed cases in Japan, 17 people have died. This is a combined total, with 511 infections occurring in Japan, and 696 affected from the Diamond Princess Cruise. [FULL MAP]

If you are a Chinese or Korean National, you will not be allowed to enter the country without facing a 14 day quarantine. Any planes arriving from either location will only be processed at either Narita or Kansai Airport, starting March 9th, and lasting until March 31st. It will also include visitors from Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Japanese Nationals coming from these countries. Entry Visas are being cancelled, for China, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, and Iran.

If you have a flight with a stopover in either of these countries, it would be wise to contact your airline right away and arrange to either fly direct, or re-route through a different area to avoid getting caught up in the quarantine. [SOURCE]




“What is COVID-19? How does it affect me?”

The FAQ from the CDC on COVID-19 is here.

The symptoms more frequently noted include the following:

  • High fever.

  • Shortness of Breath. This is an absolute call to health authorities, if you or anyone in your travel group experiences this symptom you should be notifying staff of your hotel/hostel right away for medical assistance.

  • Coughing, with or without phlegm. If you begin to cough, and feel very congested in the chest quickly, do not delay in notifying health authorities. Pneumonia is one of the reasons why this flu is deadly in certain people, and the CDC has already recorded an instance in China where a healthy 36 year old victim died from pneumonia brought on by the virus. There is currently no treatment for this virus, aside from supportive care to relieve symptoms. Any cases diagnosed with pneumonia are generally hospitalized.

The recommendations for curbing the spread of COVID-19 is detailed on this page.

Major risks with this virus are:

  • Transmission from person to person has been noted in Japan.
  • It can take up to 14 days before you show ANY symptoms, meaning that your body is shedding the virus in bodily fluids such as exhalation (commonly called aerosol), mucus from the nose and mouth, and fecal matter.
  • Carriers of the virus can be asymptomatic (not showing any symptoms like sneezing/coughing) while they are transmitting the virus to others.

The crux of curbing any virus is to wash your hands, or use sanitizer on a frequent basis when touching items in public. Also:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have not been washed or sanitized.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your arm, and/or a tissue. Throw the tissue away, and wash your hands afterwards.
  • If you are opening doors and wish to avoid picking up anything from door handles, use your elbow or foot to push the door open if possible.



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