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COVID-19 Pandemic Advice from the Changsha Disease Control and Prevention Center

Updated: 2021-01-07

Locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases have been reported in Dalian, Shenyang, Beijing, Heilongjiang, and Hebei since December 2020. On January 5, 2021, the Changsha Disease Control and Prevention Center warned of accelerating global spreads of the pandemic, and the locally-transmitted cases reported in several regions of China. The approaching Chinese Spring Festival is likely to increase the pressure to prevent both new imported cases and a resurgence of domestic cases. All people should be alert to epidemic prevention and control. Everyone has responsibility for their own health and should make health monitoring and good personal protection a priority. 

All public venues and key sites such as tourist attractions, markets, supermarkets, peddler markets, restaurants, hotels, and theatres should have ventilation and disinfect often. Visitors are to wear masks and have their temperatures taken upon request. Checking health codes, controlling visitor flow, and improving work staff protections should be done according to COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

1. The public should monitor the epidemic situation and be aware of medium and high-risk areas. Those returning to Changsha from either medium or high-risk areas, or who have had contact with either confirmed, or asymptomatic cases, within the last 14 days, should report to the community or village authorities and office immediately. They should collaborate in medical testing such as temperature screening, nucleic acid testing and other prevention and control measures.

2. Travel plans should take plague conditions into account and avoid unnecessary outbound travel. Non-essential travel or business trips to either medium or high-risk areas should be avoided. Those who must make such trips should report to their community or village authorities and office in advance, and take personal precautions. Upon returning to Changsha, they should voluntarily report to their community or village authorities and collaborate in nucleic acid testing, health monitoring, and other epidemic prevention and control measures. 

3. Inbound travelers should have another 7-day health monitoring period at home after the 14-day concentrated quarantine and medical observation. During the 7-day stay-at-home period, they should stay inside, refuse visitors, and avoid gatherings. Daily they should monitor their health and report temperature and health conditions to the responsible authorities. If symptomatic, which includes fever, coughing, diarrhea, and fatigue, these conditions should be reported to the community, village, or local disease control and prevention departments as soon as possible. 

4. Those returning to Changsha from medium-risk or high-risk areas should undergo home medical observation and avoid crowds and gatherings. They should voluntarily report to the local community or village authorities or disease control and prevention center if they are having symptoms such as fever, cough, diarrhea, and fatigue. They should go to nearby fever clinics immediately with medical masks worn, and inform all medical care providers of travel and contact history to facilitate timely investigation. They should avoid taking public transportation while under treatment.

5. Winter brings a high incidence of respiratory infectious diseases. The public should abide by the relevant requirements for epidemic prevention and control, strengthen health awareness, and practice personal protection. Hygiene habits such as frequent hand washing, arranging well-ventilated spaces, and covering up when coughing or sneezing are important. Wear a mask when taking public transport and being in public generally. Avoid crowded or poorly-ventilated places. When in public, maintain social distancing of 1 meter or more from others. Wear a mask properly. Do not organize or participate in gatherings or dinners. The number of persons at gatherings or dinners is to be kept small. Family or private gatherings should have fewer than 10 people.

Translators: Pang Yuehui; Xiao Juan; Yu Jiangjiang

Chinese source: hunan.gov.cn