Nepal is truly a piece of heaven with the abundance of natural beauty, different species of flora and fauna and sky towering Himalayas. Nepal is the home of the world highest mountains including ‘Mount Everest’ and it is also the land that gave birth to the Light of Asia, ‘Gautam Buddha ’and ‘Sita’, the daughter of the earth goddess. Nepal is a paradise with stunning natural beauty, spiritual places, waterfalls, mountains, lakes, hills and many more than you expected.
Because of its beautiful nature, breathtaking views, Nepal has become one of the most adventurous and popular destinations for various activities like trekking, mountaineering, hiking, and many more. It is a country that provides an opportunity for any travel with different traveling reasons like adventure, relaxation, pilgrims, research, education, and others. The country that is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity has many more to offer to the travelers who want to know and enjoy it here. There are many well-round traveling destinations that offer excellent traveling opportunities all around the country.
The country with so much to explore within the Himalayas, many people are being confused with the question, ‘Is Nepal Safe to Travel while Coronavirus thread’. This the outbreak of CoronaVirus and it effects all around the world people are often seemed to be confused about the fact if Nepal is safe or not?
Nepal is near and border linked country with China in the north. The Chinese tourists come to Nepal every year but after the breakout, the inflow has drastically decreased. First identified in Wuhan in December last year, the virus, dubbed ‘Novel coronavirus’ by the WHO causes symptoms that are akin to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and pneumonia. With WHO declaring it a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The virus has so far claimed 2,901lives and has infected nearly 81,243 people across the world, according to international media. The virus has also affected Nepal. On Jan 5, 2020, a 32-year-old man, a Nepalese student at Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China, returned to Nepal and was admitted on Jan 13 and isolated at the outpatient department of Infectious Disease Hospital, Kathmandu The man has come back positive for the new virus from the WHO laboratory in Hong Kong. However, other cases of this virus have not been seen in the country.
Till now we just have one patient of coronavirus whom, the health department has been very careful and he has been isolated in the hospital of Kathmandu. Similarly, the government of Nepal evacuated 175 citizens residing in Wuhan, Hubei province of China, the place where the novel coronavirus originated, to protect them from the infection. They have been quarantined at Kharipati of Bhaktapur district for two weeks. They were taken thereafter a health checkup at the airport.
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals. And in rare cases, it is transmitted from animals to humans, they are what scientists call ‘Zoonotic’, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. WHO quotes, coronaviruses as a family of viruses that cause illnesses from the common cold to more severe diseases like pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, Middle East respiratory syndrome and others.
According to WHO and multiple health agencies, coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person who has symptoms. The major symptoms of coronavirus include cough, fever, and shortness with the breath. The virus directly attacks the respiratory system of a person. The incubation period of this virus is said to be 2 days. The symptoms of this virus may appear in between 2 days and 14 days. Some symptoms of coronavirus are:
-Cough, fever, chest pain
-Shortness in breath
Nepal doesn't have any effect till now due to this coronavirus. However, you need to take some consideration for your own safety. It's common that people think of Coronavirus as a huge threat in Nepal, however, till the date with the infection of Coronavirus in Nepal is minor and negative. If you are planning to travel in Nepal and are afraid of coronavirus epidemic then you shouldn't hold yourself back you can travel freely. Similarly, the government of Nepal is also doing its best to protect the country from coronavirus and make Nepal a safe destination during ‘Visit Nepal 2020’. however, you need to take necessary precautions just in case.
To prevent Nepal from the infection of coronavirus, the government has closed the Rasuwagadhi border on January 28 which is a major trade point between Nepal and China. Similarly, it has halted trade with China since the breakout. Not only this, the government has also suspended all flights from China to Nepal. Like other countries, it has set up a health desk at the International airport and border checkpoints. It has issued a circular to different hospitals of the country to be careful about the virus and immediately inform the health ministry if any cases of coronavirus are being suspected. There are measures taken by the government of Nepal to prevent and stop coronavirus from spreading into the country.