Best Prevention Advice:

The World Health Organization has the following prevention recommendations, simple, easy steps to follow to help contain the virus and protect yourself.

Their message is clear.  There is no need to wear masks unless you are sick. Follow simple hygiene rules like regularly washing your hands for at least 20 to 30 seconds in soapy water. 

Dry your hands with disposable paper towels or with your own private towel.  The virus can live for a time on open surfaces.  

Take care not to touch surfaces in public places if you can avoid them and clean your hands afterwards.  

Try also to avoid touching your face until after you have washed and dried your hands.

Don’t attend public gatherings and practice ‘social distancing’, keeping at least 3 feet away from others.

Traveling overseas is a rapidly changing affair.  

Immigration restrictions and quarantine laws are changing rapidly as the numbers of cases recorded are updated.  For example, from 15th March 2020 the New Zealand and Australian governments will be enforcing self-isolation for 14 days for travelers.  If you’re traveling for business, this may just be a catch.

If you are ill, don’t go to work, stay at home and seek medical advice.

For information on prevention and virus travel advice visit the World Health Organization:

What’s On Your Essential Quarantine To Do List Or Done List?

The Myanmar Government has imposed quarantine measures for all travellers arriving from France, Italy, Iran, Spain and Germany and new arrivals will be placed in a Government quarantine center.  

Travelers from the USA will be put under surveillance for two weeks and currently there are bans from China and Korea.

How to prepare for self-isolation:

While toilet paper is flying off the shelves as people prepare for a possible regional, or home lock-down, there are sensible precautions that you can take in preparation for the worst-case scenario.

Today Myanmore is opening the page and asking for what you’ve done and what you’ve bought in preparation for quarantine?    

Be prepared for two weeks at home with food, entertainment, exercise, and plan for pets.

First Aid Essentials:  thermometer, paracetamol (acetaminophen) or other analgesics to reduce fever, aches and pains, bandages, antibiotic cream.   

Consider Utilities: No-one knows how COVID-19 will play out so be prepared for electricity disruption or no internet, what!  No Internet!  If you live in an apartment block, make sure you remember to stock heavy items if the lifts aren’t functioning.

Already suggestions have been floating in:

  • Medications, including a healthy supply of paracetamol (acetaminophen) or other analgesics to reduce fever, aches and pain 
  • Fill up your gas bottle
  • Board games
  • Have emergency water
  • Some cash
  • Dry food and frozen vegetables.
  • Soap and disinfectant cleaning equipment
  • A sensible supply of tissues, paper towels and toilet paper
  • In case of a loo paper emergency use your bidet.  We are lucky most apartments have one installed. In the USA sales of Bidet have exploded. 

To help each other please let us know what you’ve been stocking up on or if you know anywhere that people can volunteer in the case of a pandemic please add the information.

UPDATE ALERT: Pun Hlaing Siloam Hospital

How to stay safe and be responsible with COVID-19

Only call for medical attention in case of uncontrolled fever, difficulty to breathe and the signs and symptoms make you so sick that you really need care.

This advice is because nearly 80% of those patients, even if infected with Covid-19 DO NOT need hospital care. Just need to self-isolate, stay well-nourished and in all probability, you will be well in 14 days.

Personal hygiene and social isolation or self-quarantine remain the two most important factors to prevent spread of Covid-19.

If anyone has fever, cough or flu like symptoms they should stay at home, take care and self-isolate. This is the best way to prevent the spread.


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