Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by a novel coronavirus, which means this virus has not been found before. However, we know that the virus transmits mainly via (a) direct contact with droplets from an infected person; and (b) indirect contact by touching contaminated surfaces where the virus can survive for a short time.
People living in the European Region should follow one main rule: protect yourself and others from getting sick by adhering to the guidance you receive from your public health authorities and WHO and stay healthy while travelling.
People should adopt simple steps of hand and respiratory hygiene that also help to avoid influenza and a broad range of illnesses. It is critical that people get their information from reliable sources to counter the many rumours that are influencing their ability to do the right thing.