On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the rapid transmission of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. COVID-19 belongs to a large family of viruses known to cause mild to severe respiratory issues. Studies conducted have consistently found that COVID-19 is transmitted primarily through respiratory droplets expelled by an infected individual.
According to the WHO, about 15% of all COVID-19 patients would go on to develop severe health complications, potentially leading to death. As such, travellers who are experiencing/showing any combination of the following symptoms, should defer their travel plans and seek immediate medical attention:
- Fever (body temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher)
- Loss of taste or smell
- Nasal congestion
- Conjunctivitis (also known as red eyes)
- Sore throat
- Muscle or joint pains
- Skin rash
- Nausea or vomiting
More information on COVID-19 can be found here. Click here for the COVID-19 symptom checker for individuals already in Singapore.