As you may have seen in the news, Japan is affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak in the region. As of this writing (25 February 2020) some NPHIs, including the Centers for Disease Control in the United States, have recommended that the elderly and those with chronic/pre-existing health conditions defer travel to Japan. Many governments have issued travel notices advising their citizens to exercise increased caution in Japan due to health concerns.
The coronavirus outbreak is still developing. The US CDC has advised against all nonessential travel to neighboring South Korea as of this post, so it remains to be seen whether or not a similar advisory will be issued for Japan in the future.
If you plan to visit Japan, here are some common sense recommendations from the US CDC:
*Avoid contact with sick people.
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
*Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol. Use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
*Wash your hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
*If you have been in Japan (or another country affected by the outbreak) in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, coughing, or difficulty breathing, contact a medical professional.
As someone with a pre-existing health condition, I hope that things in Japan will be sorted out, as I would like to try for visit #5 to the land of the rising sun very soon.
This article was written in February 2020 and is accurate at the time of publication, subject to the site-wide disclaimer.