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Medical Travel and the Coronavirus

Medical Travel and the Coronavirus: Answers to Your Top Questions

The fears of the coronavirus pandemic have taken over the world by a storm. In November 2019, novel coronavirus cases began to appear in the Wuhan area of China. Since then, about 164 countries and territories have been affected by it, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Many governments have imposed travel restrictions in order to control the spread of the virus. Countries such as China, Iran, South Korea, UK, Ireland, and many others have been issued Level 3 Travel Health Notice. This entails avoiding all non-essential travel.

It was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus named, SARS-CoV-2, has its origins in the animal – bat. Currently, on 23rd of March 2020, there are 349,179 cases diagnosed worldwide with 15,297 deaths to have occurred as a result of COVID-19.

How Longevita Can Help You at This Time 

Longevita would like to express its deepest and most sincere condolences to all those who’ve lost their loved ones to COVID-19 illness. If you’re currently infected, then we wish you a complete and speedy recovery. Your health matters the most to us, and we will always give it priority over anything else.

Those of you who’ve pre-booked their packages with us don’t need to worry at all about the validity of their packages. At this time, we simply want you to be safe and healthy. This is why we have extended the dates of the packages. It is a time of crises, and we don’t want you to feel alone. We will help you with your surgery through all possible measures.

Your office might’ve shut down, or you might be working from home. No one knows for sure when things will return to normal. Therefore, you can call your dedicated travel coordinators to discuss alternative dates and learn the details of different possible itineraries. If you’ve recently gotten your surgery from Longevita, rest assured, our aftercare team is here for you even if you’re in self-isolation. Due to COVID-19 precautions, our aftercare team will be helping you online. You can get in touch with us right now here by booking your aftercare calls online.

Some Facts about Coronavirus 

Amid all the chaos, there has been a stream of misinformation. Fortunately, 100,337 people have also recovered from this illness. Its mortality rate is quite low. But again we can’t dismiss the fact that its easy spread puts everyone at risk. COVID-19 infection has a serial interval of four days, according to research. This means that it takes, at most, four days for the infection between people to spread. This has made its containment rather difficult.

Still, according to a report, the illness is of mild extent. However, older people are more susceptible to developing it, especially those who have a history of heart diseases, hypertension, diabetes, and lung illness. Its sufferers experience fever, cough, followed by shortness of breath. Rarely has a patient showed signs of runny nose, sneezing, or sore throat.

Should you be Fearful of the Novel Coronavirus? 

Data shows that 80% of sufferers can recover at home. But this means that you should stay in isolation if infected. Because even if you recover, someone close by, who is more vulnerable, might catch the dissease. This can cause their death. Undoubtedly, you need to be careful and take appropriate hygiene measures. However, an alarm will only cause panic, so remain cautious and take preventive measures. Admittedly, in some countries, the situation is much direr.

For instance, it has been reported that 80% of the population in the UK will be affected by it. This makes every four people out of five. It further goes on to say that around 7.9 million people might be hospitalized in the next 12 months. So far, 5,683 cases have been confirmed in the country, and 281 deaths have resulted from COVID-19. Each country is trying to do all it can to bring the spread of this virus under control. You need to be careful, yes, but not alarmed.

How’s the Situation of Coronavirus in Turkey? 

The first case of coronavirus came to Turkey just a week ago. However, as of Monday 23 March, total of 1,236 cases have come to the fore. It has also caused the death of 30 people. President of Turkish Republic has announced a $15.4bn fiscal package to prevent an economic fallout. Furthermore, travelling from EU countries such as the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Sweden and some others has been banned up until 17th April 2020.

Countries, where a high number of cases have been confirmed such as Iran, Italy, China and South Korea, have all had their flights cancelled to and from Turkey. On the official website of the UK government, you can find their travel advice to Turkey. It can help those who’ve booked their surgery packages with us. 

What Preventive Measures have been taken for Coronavirus in Turkey? 

To spot patients with fever, thermal cameras have been put in place. Those displaying high body temperature will then go to a medical adviser. The government has also closed bars and nightclubs across 81 provinces. In line with France, Italy, United States, Pakistan and many other countries, Turkey has also announced the closure of its schools and universities.

Turkish Scientific Committee has recommended a quarantine of 14 days for those who are showing signs of the illness. Furthermore, the government is also disinfecting custom gates and is carrying a cleaning campaign of public transportation. It is also distributing masks and colognes to senior citizens in Istanbul and Ankara. According to the Turkish health minister, presence of around 100,000 single bedrooms will increase the isolation capacity of the country. 

Turkey has even developed the fastest results-producing diagnostic kits that indicate the presence of SARS-CoV-2 within 60-75 minutes. You will be safe if you are conscious of the precautionary and health measure that needs to be taken. Moreover, pay as much attention to your hygiene as you can.

Will you be able to get your Surgery in Turkey? 

Probably so. Turkey has been doing everything to stop the spread of this pandemic. It is also working on developing a vaccine for it. Therefore, you will most probably be able to get your surgery with us. The flights have only been delayed till the 17th April, which is less than a month. Soon after April or May, we hope you can choose your surgery date.

We have, of course, extended the validity of our patients’ packages no matter what. Your deposit is completely safe with us till June of next year. So, you should not feel any stress or anxiety about this. We recommend you to stay at home for a while. Your health always comes first. As for travel bans, you will come to know each and every detail through your Travel Coordinator. We will let you know as soon as the situation changes. Your safety will always be our priority.

An upcoming warmer temperature will, indeed, negatively affect the virus’ spread. The humidity helps decrease its transferring capacity. You may come to get your surgery then. If not, then your deposit can be used as a voucher for getting non-surgical treatments in our affiliated London clinics.

Precautionary Measures for Coronavirus 

All of us need to come together to stop the spread of this virus. For this, you’ll need to take some preventive measures on your part. This includes washing your hands for at least 20 seconds (you can sing Happy Birthday twice in this time), staying inside if you’re showing signs of the infection and also make sure to avoid crowded places.

You should also cover your mouth when coughing and wear a face mask to protect yourself. If possible, you should also wear disposable gloves. Do not put your hands to your face, eyes or mouth. The virus can spread through touching surfaces on which it is present. It is not the time for sharing things either so do avoid that.

Concluding Remarks 

Yes, it is time for caution but not panic. If you have contracted the infection, you should definitely stay in isolation. You might recover eventually, but someone vulnerable nearby to whom the virus will be transferred might die. If you take all the precautionary measures, you will be helping the world in dealing with this outbreak. We all have a responsibility, and we will make it out of this stronger than ever.

As far as your surgery is concerned, don’t worry, because at Longevita we take our commitments quite seriously. Cancelling your medical packages might not be the best idea as this will unnecessarily delay your surgery.

All of our patients who are in self-isolation at home should know that we’re always there for them. You can have an over-the-phone conversation with us and even video consultation with our experienced patient consultants from the comfort of your home. We are here to answer all your queries.

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