A Letter to Foreign Friends Working in Shanghai – Preventing Novel Coronavirus from Spreading in Shanghai

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Updated: 2020-03-06

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A Letter to Foreign Friends Working in Shanghai

Dear international friends,

At the beginning of the Chinese New Year, the whole nation is concerned with the outbreak of the pneumonia caused by a new strain of coronavirus. All-out efforts are being made by the Chinese government to curb the spread of the disease. Shanghai Municipal Government has launched the highest level of responding mechanism for major public health emergency to contain the disease and protect people’s life and health.

Shanghai Municipal Commission of Science & Technology (Shanghai Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs), Shanghai Service Center for Foreigners Working in China will always stand by your side in this fight against the coronavirus. Please check the following notice and inform your friends and families around. Take care and be safe.

1. Try to avoid visits to crowded public areas, especially places of poor ventilation, such as public bathrooms, hot springs, cinemas, internet bars, Karaoke bars, shopping malls, bus/train stations, airports, ferry terminals and exhibition centers, etc.

2. Keep your hands sanitized. Try to avoid touching public objects and parts in public areas. After returning from public areas, covering your cough, using the restroom, and before meals, please wash your hands with soap or liquid soap under running water, or use alcoholic hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes when you are unsure whether your hands are clean or not. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when sneeze or cough.

3. Wear masks properly. Please wear a surgical mask or N95 respirator when you are in indoor public or crowded places.

4. If you arrive in Shanghai from other places, please pay close attention to your health condition. It is suggested you stay at home for a 14 days observation without attending any meetings, gatherings or group activities. Observation can be ended if no symptom comes out in 14 days. Please cooperate when relevant staff inquire about your health condition.

5. In case of fever, please go to the nearest designated hospital (as is shown in the appendix) to seek medical assistance, and report to your employer timely. Please tell doctors about your previous travel history and whether you have had contact with confirmed cases. Follow doctors’ instructions and finish the survey on epidemiology. Please avoid using public transportation when going to hospital.

Health consulting hotline: 12320 (Shanghai health hotline)

Foreigner's work permit consulting hotline: 8008205114

Novel coronavirus science information column-Foreigners in Shanghai: http://rg.sgst.cn/xbd/

Green channel for application during epidemic period, see notice for details

Shanghai Municipal Commission of Science and Technology

Shanghai Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs

Shanghai Service Center for Foreigners Working in China

Feb 1, 2020

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