A Letter to Travelers from Wuhan
Wuhan, a megacity in central China, lifted outbound travel restrictions beginning midnight April 8. The Hunan Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a letter to travelers from Wuhan containing cautions:
The COVID-19 epidemic situation in China is moving steadily in a positive direction. All walks of life have resumed work and production in an orderly way. Wuhan has made nice progress. We sincerely thank for your sacrifices and contribution to the nationwide battle against the virus and we welcome you to Hunan.
Although Hunan is quickly resuming production and normal life, we will not lessen epidemic prevention and control at this critical period. It is still important to “prevent imported infections, and a possible domestic rebound of the outbreak”. In order to safeguard you and your families’ health, and your community, pay attention to and carry out the following requirements:
1. Report your travel times, method, and health condition to your community or village, or your office, before departing for Hunan. Take nucleic acid testing at Hubei’s medical institutions 7 days before arrival, and carry your test result with you when you arrive in Hunan.
2. Provide a declaration of health information on the WeChat Mini Program for at least three consecutive days and get your health code before arriving in Hunan. For personnel without green health codes issued by Hubei Province, or with either red or yellow codes, undergo a 14-day medical observation quarantine and apply to your community or office for another nucleic acid test within 7 days of your arrival.
3. Have your health code and nucleic acid testing results checked by your office or community upon arrival. Follow their health management according to your health code category. If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms, report to your community or office immediately, report to a nearby fever clinic as soon as possible, wear your mask, and avoid public transportation.
4. Avoid dining in groups, gatherings, or visits to relatives within 14 days after your arrival in Hunan. Do not go to sites with crowds unless you have to.
5. Wear your mask. Avoid face-to-face talk unless there is a meter between you and the other person when you are in public transportation means, lifts, or other crowded sites.
6. Maintain good personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Stay in well-ventilated areas. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
A low risk of infection does not equal an end of the epidemic. We must work together to score an all-around victory against the COVID-19.