New coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is the new coronavirus and where has it been reported?

The first cases of COVID-19 were reported in China (December 2019). The disease then spread across the world. The official name of the virus is SARS-CoV-2. The official name of the disease is COVID-19. In practice, it happens that these names are used interchangeably. The ECDC and WHO issue daily updates on the number of cases worldwide. The Netherlands too is dealing with the extensive spread of the new coronavirus.

How to prevent infection with COVID-19?

The coronavirus is found in the nose and throat and spreads through small droplets expelled when coughing and sneezing. You are advised to cough and sneeze into the inside of your elbow and to use paper tissues. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. 
This will reduce the chances of infecting others.

What are the main symptoms of the disease (COVID-19)?

High temperature or fever

or feverish feeling for the elderly, as they do not always develop a fever.

Respitory symptoms

Coughing, congestion or runny nose, sore throat and/or shortness of breath.

What preventive measures do we advise travelers and expats?

The virus cannot survive easily outside the body and can be killed easily with common detergents and cleaning products. Follow the standard hygiene procedures, such as washing hands regularly. You can find current travel advisories on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in Dutch). Always check the national guidelines of the country of your destination, they change continuously and vary per country. In some countries a rapid antigen test or PCR test is required and proof of a negative COVID-19 test will have to be provided.