International SOS shares travel and health advice for Chinese New Year 2022

Lanterns adorn the establishments to welcome the Chinese New Year. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

As we enter the Chinese Year of the Tiger, International SOS urges establishments and their employees to continue to be aware of the potential health risks associated with the pandemic as well as measures to reduce these risks. The Chinese Lunar New Year officially fell on February 1 this year. In mainland China, the New Year holiday runs from January 31 to February 6.

Dr Irene Lai of International SOS said: “As the Covid-19 pandemic enters its third year, a potential increase in transmission associated with gatherings during the Chinese New Year holidays has not diminished. If you are undertaking essential travel, it is important to monitor the situation, pay attention to possible additional health and safety risks and have an action plan in place to manage logistical disruptions.”

International SOS also shared tips for celebrating the Chinese New Year holiday:

1. Think carefully about the need to travel and the potential “worst case scenario” if you are unable to complete your planned trip.

2. Monitor travel restrictions and testing and quarantine requirements.

3. Have the required Covid-19 applications to validate your status at destination. Make sure your proof of Covid-19 status is in the locally accepted format.

4. To reduce the risk of infection, complete vaccination, including a booster. Keep two meters away, wear a mask and pay attention to hygiene in public.

5. Keep yourself as healthy as possible.

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