2020/01/25

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LATEST: The Coronavirus Situation in Changsha



All city bars/clubs are CLOSED

All places of entertainment have been ordered to close until further notice to avoid the spread of the virus in establishments that encourage social interaction and close personal proximity. Restaurants, schools and malls are not affected (so far).




The Changsha City 'Lockdown'

There has been no announcement from official sources that any city or town in Hunan, including provincial capital Changsha, will be shutdown in a similar way to those affected cities in neighbouring Hubei province. See further below for info about travel times and precautions.


Which meds are being advised?

The following official media source (People's Daily, ) shows a list of the best medical drugs (to date) which might be able to combat coronaviruses and flues. Please remember that there is currently NO cure for the "Wuhan Coronavirus" (or '2019-nCoV'). The top med would be the oseltamivir drug (used to fight most strains of severe flu) as well as and rest, drinking plenty of water and staying warm. If you are not able to get to a hospital or clinic (see our clinic list below) you could enquire about this medicine from a chemist. In all cases, consult a medical advisor.




Treatment/Checks for Foreigners

Want Want Hospital has set up a special English-speaking check up zone (which according to feedback is not so crowded at the time of this article being written). This walk-in centre is open 24hours a day, every day.


Hunan Want Want Hospital

No. 318 Renmin East Road

318


Changsha's Number 1 Hospital

This hospital has announced that it is preparing an entire section of its complex to be dedicated to the treatment of those effected by 2019-nCoV. Let's hope it won't be used much.


Where is the Virus in Hunan?

Below is the latest announcement via the official channel enghunan.gov.cn which breaks down the cities and virus severity in detail:




The Virus could enter through the Eyes

There has been new speculation by experts that touching your eyes could allow the virus to enter your body if you have come into contact with an infected person. This could require prolonged exposure but it does seem to be possible. There is a case of a medical professor having contracted the Coronavirus on a trip to Beijing who rubbed his eyes and got a rash after spending a time with infected patients. 

Extract from thesun.co.uk online

Our original info (below) gives clear guidelines on how to protect yourself from contracting the virus when out in public. Basically, do not cough and sneeze where there are people around, avoid spitting and do not touch your face area without washing your hands thoroughly. Experts are also advising to keep your throat constantly moist by drinking warm water as frequently as every ten minutes. This makes it more difficult for the virus to pass further into your body. Have a bottle of water handy. 

More advice is given further below.


Arrests over Online Rumours

There have been varying reports of people being detained by police for spreading both fake news and misleading info about the virus. All suspects had shared stories on Wechat. A handy article by M4Plus (see original, full article via Read More at the end of this article) summarises some of the main misleading or down right fake info surrounding the virus. Untrue or misinterpreted statements include:

<> The virus can be killed by drinking alcohol

<> Singapore is denying entry to Chinese nationals

<> There is a traditional medicine (TCM) remedy

<> Wuhan is running out of fuel

<> You must wear goggles if you go outside

<> Antibiotics can prevent the virus

<> Children are less likely to be infected by the virus

*Rumours are illegal and punishable. Please pay attention to official information and media channels only. Know the difference between a meme and misleading information when commenting on Wechat and all other online media channels.


Schools Delay Re-Opening

We have received several comments stating that some schools "might" postpone the reopening of their schools after Chinese New Year. This usually happens after 7 days, but is sometimes much sooner. We are trying to get confirmation of this so at the moment cannot verify this claim at an official level.





Below is our original article


On Jan 22nd the Changsha City Government, along with partner disease control units and municipal bodies, decided to implement joint prevention and control at all railway stations, high-speed railway stations, bus stations, airports and other places to focus on prevention and control. Please cooperate accordingly and allow for extra check in time if travelling onwards. You may need up to four hours extra time for trips. Travel to Wuhan may not be possible. 



Below is a screenshot of the Hubei Gov website:

Travel to other Hunan locations is, for now, unaffected but be aware that the virus (see details below) may spread rapidly due to the people movement during Spring Festival. Below is info on how the virus spreads and what precautions you can take which WNIC has taken from various sources to bring you the latest Changsha and Hunan official info. The latest info (checked as of 16:39 on 1/23) reveals Hunan now has 9 confirmed cases. See below for hotlines and clinics in Changsha.

Below is a list of medical institutions offering fever clinics in Changsha...

The following info has been published by changshafabu









Furong

139


89


39


318



Tianxin

61


176


903



Yuelu

138


58


70


189




Kaifu

87


53


233


311



Yuhua

427


(Hunan Children's Hospital)

86


95


161



County

Level

157


4


53


298


42


22



Wangcheng

160


79


35





Liuyang

119


67


434


053


80


62



12


54


95







Ningxiang

209


171


29


324



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Note: The above fever clinics are available 24 hours a day.


24New coronavirus infection CDC 24-hour consultation hotlines:

Changsha CDC

0731-84792176

Furong CDC

0731-84432914

Tianxin CDC

0731-85286911

Yuelu CDC

0731-88940736

Kaifu CDC

0731-84310097

Yuhua CDC

0731-85880852

County Level CDC

0731-84015725

Wangcheng CDC

0731-88075708

Liuyang CDC

0731-83612510

Ningxiang CDC

0731-81830729






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