Since reports of the coronavirus surfaced in late November, more than 140,000 people have been infected and over 5,000 have died around the world. As the virus continues to have a global impact. Yesterday. the U.S. government has established emergency. this implicate to travel advisories, leading airlines and cruises to cancel their routes. The Italia, Francia, China, Iran, South Korea, and Europe (except the UK and Ireland) are in cuarantened.
Additionally, the CDC has issued a Level 2 travel warning for high-risk travellers throughout the entire world. High-risk travelers include older adults and those with chronic medical conditions, who are at greater risk of contracting the disease.
The CDC recommends that high-risk travelers reconsider traveling, and if they do, they should wash their hands frequently, monitor their health, and limit interactions with others for a period of 14 days after returning from travel.
Peru is not oblivious to this closure of borders and quarantine. Where the airports and bus stations are constantly checking all national and international passengers. Some travellerts have had their itineraries changed or canceled.
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats, and bats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Coronavirus was first discovered in November 2019 in Wuhan, within the Hubei province of China. WHO announced on Feb. 12 that the official name for the specific strain of coronavirus is Covid-19.
On March 11th 2020, World Health Organization tweeted that they have officially characterized coronavirus as "a pandemic."
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
In Peru, with 38 cases in March 13 2020, President Martin Vizcarra said gatherings of more than 300 people would be banned and extended the suspension of school to universities and colleges. The Andean nation said later in the day it would suspend flights from Europe and Asia.
All airport are checking all travellers for the symptom of the Coronavirus. Usually all traveller arrived to Peru, they can visit the different destination without problem, but always they have the prevention of not getting this virus. Tourists wear masks at Lima Airport.
Machu Picchu is the top destination of Peru. All traveller booked this destination in advance and they can´t arrive. How can we make in this case?
The Ministry of Culture published for the all Inca Trail Tour Operators and Machu Picchu, the following information:
In this moment, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu is open, the travellers are doing the Inca Trail and they visit Machu Picchu normally.
In case you want to do, we can recommend the follow:
If you just arrived in Peru from the United States or Europe. At the checkin desk at the Hotel you inform that you are subject to a 14 day quarantine and can’t leave your room. You are to stay in your room and order room service. You can’t go to restaurants or use any hotel amenities. If you do leave our room, they said they are legally obligated to and will call the police.
Everthing of nationality it are obligated such us Italy, France, China, and Spain that are subject to quarantine. However, it now apparently includes USA, Korea, China, Japan, and Iran. The law says if you are subject to arrest for spread of disease if you leave the room.
March 15 2020: Measure necessary. President Vizcarra ordered that the population be kept in social isolation and that the borders be closed. With few exceptions, citizens can only go out to the streets for punctual purchases or medical attention.
The Machu Picchu citadel, Inca Trail and alternative hike is closed for the emergency
Perurail and Inca Rail train companies don't operate the trip to Machu Picchu. They will cancel all operations.