COVID-19 infections and deaths in Egypt terrifying, former EMS official says

A former deputy head of the Egyptian Medical Syndicate has recently said the number of the coronavirus infections and deaths in Egypt is terrifying

On her Facebook account, Dr. Mona Mina, the former deputy head of the Egyptian Medical Syndicate (EMS), has announced that the number of the COVID-19 infections and deaths in Egypt is terrifying. She called upon the government to prevent all gatherings, including weddings, festivals and football matches, reported Darb newspaper.

The former EMS deputy head called for the protection of the medical team facing the virus in the front rows, saying: “Of course we all know that doctors are soldiers and heroes of this battle, being the ones that must face the pandemic and respond to it, but we have to protect our doctors, certainly there are ways to increase the protection of medical teams, taking into account that the medical teams facing the coronavirus in other countries do not suffer such high rates of infections.

Mina added that the government is expected to pay more attention to doctors and take decisive steps to reduce the coronavirus infections and deaths among doctors and medical teams. “If we do not protect the medical teams, we will certainly lose many lives,” she said.

Very High Level of COVID-19 in Egypt: US CDC

In the same context, US travelers have been advised by a US national public health institute to avoid all travel to Egypt. “If you must travel, talk to your doctor ahead of travel, especially if you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19,” the institute advised American citizens, saying that the level of COVID-19 in Egypt is very high.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a national public health institute in the United States, has notified travellers that they should completely avoid to Egypt because “travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19”.If you must travel:

“Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before your trip. Do not travel if you are waiting for test results, test positive, or are sick. Follow all entry requirements for your destination and provide any required or requested health information,” the CDC notification read, adding, “During travel, wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from people who are not traveling with you, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch your health for signs of illness.”

“Before traveling back to the United States, get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before travel. Follow all destination and airline recommendations or requirements,” the CDC piece of advoce said, adding, “After you travel, get tested 3–5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel. If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 14 days.If you had a known exposure to COVID-19 while traveling, delay travel, quarantine from other people for 14 days after your last known exposure, get tested, and monitor your health,” the notification to US citizens travelling to Egypy concluded.