The official guidance on Coronavirus, from the city of Debrecen Municipality + Visit Debrecen team.
One of the novel properties of the Coronavirus is that you can be infected and infectious and not know it. Therefore preventative steps are important.
Whether you are just passing through or visiting for an extended stay, there are some simple precautionary steps that can limit the spread of and exposure to the Coronavirus.
- Wash your hands regularly (for at least 20 seconds)
- Wear medical gloves if venturing out into the community.
- Try to maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from other people in public places
- Avoid busy public transport (peak times).
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects.
- Cover your mouth with your hand when coughing
- Do not use cash, use cards to pay when possible.
Day to Day Activities
Your typical daily activities in Debrecen should be managed to limit exposure to other people. While institutions like:-
- Debrecen Cultural Center
- The Youth House
- The Modem
- Déri Museum
- Agora Science Center
will be open for business, no events or programs will be organized. Other facilities are closed, such as the public paths.
The Csokonai Theater and the Vojtina Puppet Theater have also announced that they will suspend all performances. The Apollo Cinema has also suspended all screenings from March 12.
In total, during the month of April around 410 events have been canceled in Debrecen. These are events where more than 100 people would have been expected to attend.
In the case of government institutions, all direct contact customer service has been suspended.
When managing communication with service providers, whether government or otherwise, do so remotely over the phone or electronically over the internet.
When visiting the petrol station, allow the attendants to fill your petrol tank and avoid touching the pump. When paying, pay by card.
When shopping, shop online and have items delivered to your home where possible.
There are many viruses with symptoms similar to Coronavirus, including fever, chills, a dry cough and shortness of breath, however, this virus is particularly concerning because there is no vaccination and because it is relatively new, – the long term consequences are unknown.
It is, therefore, important to get tested, to help prevent further spread to at-risk groups within the community.
As a precautionary measure, do not venture out into the community if you are feeling unwell. Do NOT go to your local GP. Do not visit elderly relatives in hospitals or care homes.
If you suspect you may have coronavirus then phone your GP, and if after a consultation over the phone your GP feels you may be infected, your GP will notify the ambulance service and you will be taken to a designated facility set up to deal with Coronavirus cases where you will be tested.
If laboratory tests confirm infection with coronavirus you will be subject to hospital surveillance and quarantine. The treatment provided depends on the severity of symptoms.
The severity of Coronavirus. Who is at Risk?
About 80% of cases of infection do not require any special treatment. However, the Coronavirus is particularly dangerous for several at-risk vulnerable groups including the elderly and those in poor health with specific illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes and for those with any pre-existing respiratory illness.
Individuals that are both elderly and in poor health are, particularly at risk. Approximately 1 in every 6 people who are infected in these groups will develop severe disease and respiratory distress and require medical intervention.
Returning Home to Hungary.
Hungarian citizens can return home regardless of any entry ban but have to undergo a mandatory medical examination. If a suspicious case arises, the returnee will be placed in a centralized quarantine, and if this is not the case, then home quarantine order will be issued, and in this situation, the municipality also has a duty.
“The staff of the local medical service will ensure that the quarantine is properly and professionally maintained, the police will ensure that the quarantine is maintained, and the municipality will have to take care of the person concerned,” said László Papp, Mayor of Debrecen.
For further information please see this statement issued by the Hungarian Tourism Agency.