Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) — What you need to know
Because of the novel (new) coronavirus outbreak, CDC recommends that travelers avoid travel to mainland China, South Korea, and reconsider cruise ship travel to or within Asia. The recommendation to avoid travel to China applies only to mainland China and does not include Hong Kong, Macau, or the island of Taiwan. CDC has posted several country-specific updated travel health notices for coronavirus. These notices are also listed in the travel health notice section below. The coronavirus situation is evolving rapidly, and CDC is following it very closely.
CDC does not currently recommend that the general public or travelers wear face masks or respirators to prevent spread novel coronavirus if they are healthy.
Although face masks are commonly worn in many countries, little evidence supports their use in a community setting. People sick with respiratory symptoms (coughing, sneezing), however, can consider wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of germs to others. This is especially important if seeking care in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or clinic.
The use of face masks is crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). Take everyday preventive actions to help slow the spread of respiratory illnesses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Do not travel when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
If you do not feel well after your trip, call your doctor and tell them where you traveled and your symptoms.