Coronavirus in India - Travel Advisory On How To Stay Safe 7

14th Mar 20
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Harshal, Indian Travel Blogger

The Coronavirus Infection, officially know as Covid-19 has rapidly escalated across the globe. A total of 118 countries have been affected with more than 100,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus.

With Italy on complete nationwide lockdown and WHO declaring Coronavirus a pandemic, it certainly doesn't help to lessen the Coronavirus scare.

Now that more than 70 individual positive cases have been reported in India for Coronavirus, the Union Health Ministry has issued visa bans for all the affected countries.

Travelers with a travel history from affected regions are been strictly monitored. Along with this, all state health departments have delivered health safety guidelines to citizens.

Each and every single person is been scanned by officials at the International airports as a precautionary measure. Individuals who show symptoms after coronavirus test are been put in isolation for 14 days.

In states like Kerala and Maharashtra, institutions such as schools, colleges have been shut down amidst the rise of fresh cases. Some major companies have declared work for home for their employees for an indefinite period due to coronavirus.

If you are traveling to India or within India for unavoidable emergency or obligatory meetings, then here is a simple guide and travel advisory on how to prevent coronavirus:

1. Wash your hands after touching public places

Wash Hands To Prevent Coronavirus

  • While you are traveling in India, you are bound to take public transport such as bus, train or a tuk-tuk. Since these modes of transport are used by a million people every day, they are a hotbed for bacteria, germs, and especially viruses.

  • It is advisable to wear single-use gloves while taking public transport in India. You can discard them after use once you arrive at your destination.

  • If you don't have gloves, we recommend you carry a sanitizer with you at all times. Especially you crave for some food on the go. Avoiding dirty hands before eating is the optimal way to avoid Coronavirus spread.

  • Once you arrive at your destination, make sure you wash your hands with soap or disinfectant regularly before consuming anything. Since coronavirus cure is yet to be determined, this is the best precaution you could take.

2. Avoid the scrumptious Street Food for a while

Street Food in India Prevent Coronavirus

  • It is an undeniable fact that India is a Street food paradise, full of countless delicacies lining its streets. But let's not lose our tact amidst our gastronomic cravings.

  • Under normal circumstances, it is perfectly fine to devour street food all day, but since there is Covid-19 pandemic declared by WHO looming over our heads, it is better to curb your tastebuds for a while.

  • It is not in line with the Coronavirus scare, but you can't tell whether the street vendor did wash his hands with soap vigorously just like you. This is true, especially for non-vegetarians meals. Avoiding meat is not mandatory but it should be cooked thoroughly before consumption.

  • Again something you can't guarantee about those sizzling Kebabs you just saw on the nearby. So it is better to avoid street food altogether while in India to prevent coronavirus.

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3. Truth behind wearing a mask and avoiding crowded places

Coronavirus prevention facemask

  • Even if you don't wear a mask its fine but you must wear if you have a cold, flu or fever. According to researchers, masks do not help prevent the spread of Coronavirus to a great extent. It, in turn, puts a strain on its availability for the medical professionals who care for affected patients. Its better to use paper towel while you sneeze so reusability is not the case. Also keep seperate towel/napkins at home for each members of home.

  • Masks, on the other hand, might become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria since air particles, sweat and contents of the nose may get accumulated upon its surface.

  • Along with this, they cannot be used for a longer period of time. They need to be either discarded after single-use or washed regularly.

  • If you are taking care of someone who is down with flu or cold, then it is advisable to wear a mask. This also applies to those working in healthcare institutions. Otherwise, facemask prevent coronavirus is just a myth created due to panic among individuals.

  • Another thing you could do is to avoid crowded places altogether. If you are using public transport, make sure you travel during the low time and steer clear of rush hours. Movies, concerts, large social gatherings must be postponed to a future date until things get better.

Taj Mahal Crowd

  • You can also visit prominent monuments during off days when these places are less crowded. The same goes for dining at restaurants, visiting malls, and amusement parks.

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4. Maintain a safe distance from people with cold, cough and fever

Maintain distance from Coronavirus patients

  • This necessarily does not mean run away from every single person you find coughing or sneezing. It is just a precautionary measure that you maintain a considerable amount of distance from such people. This is because it is highly probable that they may contract Coronavirus.

  • At least a distance of 1 meter should be kept between you and these individuals. You may insist they wear a mask or cover their mask with a cloth. If you feel you have cold or cough symptoms, it is better to stay isolated indoors.

  • If you don't feel better even after the incubation period of 14 days, you should strictly seek the consultation of a doctor. If you are lucky, you might test negative.

  • If someone you know or one of your loved ones is suffering from flu or cold, you must wear a tight mask while taking care of them. Also, wear gloves and don't share the same utensils, objects that are used by the patient. Thoroughly clean all their belongings and use disposable paper towels, cotton rolls and cloths.

5. Don't Shake Hands; Go For Namaste

Donald Trump Saying Namaste To Avoid Coronavirus

  • Indians love to welcome tourists. Fellow Indians are bound to hug you or shake your hands enthusiastically. But nothing beats the good old 'Namaste' especially during the spread of Coronavirus infection.

  • The practice of joining hands in a Namaskara to greet someone is a long-living tradition in Indian culture. Recently, leaders across the globe such as US President Donald Trump averted shaking hands to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

  • In India, celebrities and political leaders alike suggested reverting to Namaste for greeting each other.

  • So no more shaking hands and worrying about the virus. You could gladly greet and bid farewell to each other by saying Namaste. You can also try other touchless greetings such as waving, thumbs up, subtle nods.

6. Disinfect places of regular use or those used by others

Clean surfaces to avoid Coronavirus

  • Whether it is your flight seat or the railway berth or table at your home, clean them all. It is not about being paranoid but this is one of the significant guidelines given by WHO.

  • Use detergent or disinfectant before occupying any public place. Properly clean the objects and surfaces at your home that are used daily. These may include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, and even your mobile phones.

  • It is said that you should strictly not touch your mouth, eyes or nose at the moment but coming in contact with these mundane things may risky especially during the tough times. So stay alert, vigilant and aware.

7. Follow regular Coronavirus updates

Stay Updated Regarding CoronoVirus Update

  • The best thing to do during this global pandemic is to stay alert. Watch the news regularly to stay updated on Government guidelines or notices.

  • Whether it is school shut down or another bunch of confirmed COVID-19 cases, being aware gives you the edge to stay safe.

  • Travel-related news, flight cancellations, cheap flight or transport options and further medical updates are crucial not only for travelers but for each and every individual in India.

  • Try not to believe in the rumors circulating across the internet. Don't believe them unless you are sure that they are coming for a verified source.

8. Lastly, avoid traveling if possible

Travel Less During Coronavirus Pandemic

  • Whether you are a foreign tourist planning a trip to India or an Indian national trying to go aboard. Needless to say but avoiding traveling altogether is currently the safest bet to prevent coronavirus.

  • Like mentioned earlier, if it is not obligatory or an urgent trip for medical purposes, the best thing to do is stay at home. It will ensure the safety of you and your family as well.

  • Coronavirus cases in India are steadily increasing and the Government is trying their best to prevent the epidemic from spreading further. So it is our duty to make sure we follow these aforementioned guidelines and advisory.

  • This will ensure contagion can be contained until a permanent Coronavirus vaccine is developed for the masses.

9. List of Coronavirus Testing Centres and Sample Laboratories in India

  • If you have travel history of COVID-19 affected countries or have been in contact with the Coronavirus positive individual then it is mandatory to get yourself check in the Coronavirus testing centres.

  • If you develop symptoms after 14-day self quarantine, your throat swab and nasal swab samples will be sent for testing. If you test positive, then you will be admitted in the Coronavirus facility in the hospital.

  • Central Government of India has set up Coronavirus Testing Centres and Sample Laboratories across all states of India. Here is the list for you to check out:


Testing centres

  • Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati
  • Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
  • GMC, Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh

Sample collection labs

  • Siddhartha Medical College, Vijayawada
  • Rajeev Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Kadapa
  • Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada
  • Guntur Medical College, Guntur


Testing centres

  • Regional Medical Research Centre, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar


Testing centres

  • Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati
  • Regional Medical Research Center, Dibrugarh

Sample collection labs

  • Silchar Medical College, Silchar
  • Jorhat Medical College, Jorhat
  • Tezpur Medical College, Tezpur
  • Fakhruddin Medical College, Barpeta


Testing centres

  • Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna

Sample collection labs

  • Patna Medical College, Patna
  • Darbhanga Medical College, Darbhanga
  • S K Medical College, Muzaffarpur


Testing centres

  • Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh

Sample collection labs

  • Government Medical College & Hospital, Chandigarh


Testing centres

  • All India Institute Medical Sciences, Raipur

Sample collection labs

  • Late Sri BaliramKashyap Memorial Govt. Medical College, Jagdalpur


Testing centres

  • All India Institute Medical Sciences, Delhi
  • National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi

Sample collection labs

  • Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi


Testing centres

  • BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad
  • M.P.Shah Government Medical College, Jamnagar

Sample collection labs

  • Government Medical College, Surat 1
  • GMC, Bhavnagar
  • PDU GMC, Rajkot
  • Government Medical College & SSG Hospital, Vadodara


Testing centres

  • Pt. B.D. Sharma Post Graduate Inst. of Med. Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana
  • BPS Govt Medical College, Sonipat


Testing centres

  • Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
  • Dr.Rajendra Prasad Govt. Med. College, Kangra, Tanda, Himachal Pradesh


Testing centres

  • Sher‐e‐ Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar
  • Government Medical College, Jammu

Sample collection labs

  • Government Medical College, Srinagar


Testing centres

  • MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur

Sample collection labs

  • Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi


Testing centres

  • Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute, Bangalore
  • National Institute of Virology Field Unit Bangalore
  • Mysore Medical College & Research Institute, Mysore
  • Hassan Inst. of Med. Sciences, Hassan, Karnataka
  • Shimoga Inst. of Med. Sciences, Shivamogga, Karnataka

Sample collection labs

  • Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Science, Bellary
  • Gulbarga Institute Of Medical Sciences, Gulbarga


Testing centres

  • National Institute of Virology Field Unit, Kerala
  • Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  • Govt. Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala

Sample collection labs

  • Government Medical College, Thrissur


Sample collection labs

  • Sonam Namgyal Memorial Hospital, Leh


Testing centres

  • All India Institute Medical Sciences, Bhopal
  • National Institute of Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH), Jabalpur

Sample collection labs

  • Bundelkhand Medical College, Sagar
  • MGM Medical College, Indore
  • Gajra Raja Medical College, Gwalior
  • S.S Medical College, Rewa


Testing centres

  • NEIGRI of Health and Medical Sciences, Shillong, Meghalaya


Testing centres

  • Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Nagpur
  • Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases, Mumbai

Sample collection labs

  • Government Medical College, Miraj, Sangli
  • Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital , Mumbai
  • Government Medical college, Nagpur
  • Government Medical College, Aurangabad
  • V. M. Government Medical College, Solapur
  • Shri Bhausaheb Hire Government Medical College, Dhule
  • Government Medical College and Hospital & Superspeciality Hospital, Akola


Testing centres

  • J N Inst. of Med. Sciences Hospital, Imphal‐East, Manipur

Sample collection labs

  • Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal


Testing centres

  • Regional Medical Research Center, Bhubaneswar

Sample collection labs

  • SCB Medical College, Cuttack


Testing centres

  • Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry

Sample collection labs

  • Indira Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Puducherry


Testing centres

  • Government Medical College, Patiala, Punjab
  • Government Medical College, Amritsar


Testing centres

  • Sawai Man Singh, Jaipur
  • Dr. S.N Medical College, Jodhpur
  • Jhalawar Medical College, Jhalawar, Rajasthan
  • SP Med. College, Bikaner, Rajasthan

Sample collection labs

  • RNT Medical College, Udaipur
  • AIIMS, Jodhpur


Testing centres

  • King’s Institute of Preventive Medicine & Research, Chennai
  • Government Medical College, Theni

Sample collection labs

  • Madurai Medical College, Madurai
  • Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College, Salem
  • Government Medical College, Thiruvarur
  • Government Medical College, Villupuram
  • Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli
  • Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore
  • Madras Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu


Testing centres

  • Government Medical College, Agartala


Testing centres

  • Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad

Sample collection labs

  • Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad
  • Kakatiya Medical College, Nizampura, Warangal


Testing centres

  • King’s George Medical University, Lucknow
  • Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh


Testing centres

  • Government Medical College, Haldwani

Sample collection labs

  • AIIMS, Rishikesh
  • Doon Government Medical College, Dehradun


Testing centres

  • National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata
  • IPGMER, Kolkata

Sample collection labs

  • Murshidabad Medical College & Hospital, Murshidabad, Berhampur, West Bengal
  • Midnapore Medical College & Hospital, Midnapore
  • North Bengal Medical College, Darjeeling
  • Malda Medical College, Malda
  • RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata

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