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Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 5 to 7 days, but it can be as long as 14 days. If you develop a high fever, cough, and so on, you should contact the health authorities. They will decide whether diagnostic tests are necessary.
The likelihood that an infected person will contaminate commercial items is low, and the risk of contracting the virus that causes COVID-19 through contact with a package that has been handled, transported and exposed to different conditions and temperatures is also low. In addition, it is difficult for the virus to survive in a carton box.
You should follow the usual hygiene advice. For example, use some kind of gel, and air out the taxi frequently. If you pick up a passenger who is coughing a lot and has a fever, the most likely situation is that they have the flu or a cold.
To travel it is important to check what the country of destination requires. In some countries, having the complete vaccination schedule is enough, but there are other destinations that previously request a PCR test.
In any case, it is recommended to reduce the risk of infection and follow the prevention measures:
Avoid close contact with live or dead domestic or wild animals and their secretions or excrements in markets or on farms.
Avoid eating animal products (undercooked or raw meat or food).
People over 65 years of age and those with other health problems may be at risk of contracting the disease more seriously. These people should have their travel assessed by a health professional from an international vaccination centre.
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Substantiated information by:
Antoni TrillaSenior Consultant Head of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
Eduard Vieta PascualPsychiatristPsychiatry and Psychology Head of Department
Gema Maria Lledó IbáñezMédico internistaServicio de enfermedades autoinmunes
Jacobo Sellarés TorresPulmonologistPneumology Department
Josep M. Miró Meda
Josep Maria PeriClinical psychologist
Maica RubinatSpecialist in Sports MedicineGeneral Secretary for Sport and Physical Activity of the Generalitat de Catalunya
Mariona ViolanSpecialist in Sports MedicineGeneral Secretary for Sport and Physical Activity of the Generalitat de Catalunya
Published: 12 March 2020
Updated: 12 March 2020
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