If you fall ill during your visit to Belarus, contact your Embassy or local Consular Department.

Emergency medical care is provided if you suddenly fall ill and urgently need medical care. Phone number is 103 (phone call is free of charge). If you have an insurance card, first aid will be free for you. If there’s no insurance card or you can’t confirm its availability, then you will have to pay for hospitalization and medical assistance according to the price list for the foreigners.

Make sure you have a comprehensive insurance policy. After receiving medical care in Belarusian medical institutions, you can contact your insurance company to get compensation. Also it’ll help you to get home in some cases.

 

ATTENTION: CORONAVIRUS!

 

What is a new coronavirus?

New coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been detected in humans. The outbreak of infection in China was caused by the 2019-nCoV coronavirus.

Coronaviruses are a family of more than 30 viruses that can cause infections ranging from the common cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome. Some types of viruses cause less severe illnesses, while some, like the one that causes the Middle East respiratory syndrome, are much more dangerous. Coronoviruses were isolated in 1965 and infect humans, domestic animals, pigs, cattle, birds and can provoke damage to the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, and nervous system. It is known that infection is transmitted from person to person. Symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

 

Where are 2019-nCoV coronavirus infections reported?

Single imported cases are registered in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Nepal, Japan, Australia, France, the USA, Canada, Germany. It is reported that infected people recently visited the city of Wuhan.

 

How can I get infected with 2019-nCoV coronavirus infection?

The first cases of the disease were associated with a stay at the seafood market in Wuhan, which also traded some species of animals, birds and reptiles, which could have supposedly been a source of infection for the population. From person to person, the infection is transmitted by airborne droplets.

What are the main symptoms of coronavirus infection 2019-nCoV?

The main symptoms are fever, cough, shortness of breath, general malaise.

 

How to prevent infection caused by coronavirus 2019-nCoV?

Vaccines for 2019-nCoV coronavirus infection do not currently exist.

 

In order to prevent, it is necessary:

  • avoid contact with people with signs of a respiratory infection, as well as crowded places, use respiratory protection equipment (disposable medical masks, respirators);
  • observe respiratory etiquette when sneezing or coughing;
  • Do not attend zoos, cultural events involving animals, as well as places where animals, seafood, and poultry are traded;
  • observe hand hygiene (using soap and antiseptic agents), including after visiting crowded places
  • use only sufficiently heat-treated animal products bottled or heat-treated water.

After arriving from countries where cases of infection caused by coronavirus 2019-nCoV have been reported, it is necessary to minimize contact with other people, not attend mass events and monitor changes in health status within 14 days after arrival.

In case of symptoms that do not exclude an infectious disease (fever, cough, shortness of breath and others), you should immediately seek medical help from a healthcare organization (through an assistant in Russian), minimizing contact with others (call an ambulance), tell health workers the symptoms of the disease and the fact of arrival from the country in which cases of infection caused by coronavirus 2019-nCoV have been reported.

 

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