by Regional Health Command Europe
As a result of the current coronavirus outbreak in Northern Italy, U.S. European Command medical professionals are working closely with appropriate authorities to monitor the situation, coordinate the latest guidance from DOD and CDC, and distribute information to DOD personnel throughout the European theater as it becomes available.
There is currently NO MANDATORY QUARANTINE for DOD personnel or their families in Europe solely because they may have visited Italy recently. The only time a QUARANTINE would be mandated is if the individual(s) were in contact with a person who has a confirmed case of the Corona Virus.
ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING GUIDANCE:
1. If, within the last 14 days, you had close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of the Coronavirus OR traveled to China, AND
2. Are experiencing a cough, AND
3. Have a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), STAY HOME — DO NOT GO TO THE HOSPITAL.
4. TRICARE beneficiaries should call the call the Nurse Advice Line at one of the following toll-free numbers based on your location:
*** To access the Nurse Advice Line (NAL) from a cell phone in Europe you must first call your clinic appointment line and choose the option for the Nurse Advice Line.***
5. Non-TRICARE beneficiaries should contact their primary care provider for advice.
If you do NOT meet ALL THREE of the above criteria, but you have symptoms of upper respiratory infection, call your primary care provider for advice.
DOD personnel and their family members should monitor their command social media pages as well as the DOD, CDC and U.S. Embassy websites for the latest info.
PREVENTIVE MEASURE TIPS/GUIDELINES:
There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
• Avoid seasonal influenza by getting your annual influenza shot from your healthcare provider.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home while you are sick.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds OR use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Army Public Health Center