The Italian National Institute of Health and Ministry of Health have issued a 10-point list of tips to help travellers to Milan avoid the risk of contagion from Sars-Cov-2.
The official announcement coincides with ongoing advice from Milan airport authorities responding to concerns about the global coronavirus health situation and its effect on flight operations.
In a banner on the official Malpensa Airport website, they note, “In relation to the New Coronavirus COVID-19 emergency, passengers are informed that the activities of Linate and Malpensa airports are continuing regularly.”
Passengers planning to travel to one of Milan’s two main international airports are still advised to double-check updated schedules with their airlines as some flights are being cancelled due to reduced numbers of visitors.
Malpensa Airport has an on-site medical centre, with staff fully-trained and well-equipped to handle any health emergencies, for both passengers and airport visitors.
For those maintaining their Milan travel plans, the 10 fixed points developed by the institute and ministry “to limit the possibility of contagion from Sars-Cov-2” reflect similar advice from international health authorities. They are:
- Wash your hands frequently;
- Avoid close contact with individuals who suffer from acute respiratory infections;
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands;
- Cover your mouth and nose if you sneeze or cough;
- Don’t take antiviral or antibiotic medication unless you have been prescribed them by a doctor;
- Clean surfaces with chlorine- or alcohol-based disinfectants;
- Only use a mask if you suspect you are sick or take care of sick people;
- MADE IN CHINA products and packages received from China are not dangerous;
- Contact the number 112 if you have a fever or cough and you think you may be infected;
- Pets cannot spread the new coronavirus.
According to Silvio Brusaferro, president of the institute (Istituto Superiore di Sanità), “The commitment to prevent the Sars-Cov-2 epidemic also passes through behaviours, which must be based on correct information. Following the recommended measures – starting with handwashing – helps us to prevent this and other infectious diseases. This ‘Decalogue’ also represents a fine example of how institutions and professionals guarantee unitary responses to a possible threat to our health.”
“New Toilet Concept” at Malpensa Airport
In an announcement made towards the end of last year – unrelated to coronavirus but now more relevant in the light of the current situation – airport authorities reported that they would be renovating all 90 toilets at Malpensa and Linate Airports.
Under the leitmotif “Innovative Concepts and Sensory Elements”, the new concept highlights “particular attention to design and care in the choice of lighting, music and fragrances that blend together to re-create a harmonious, comfortable and relaxing environment”. The work us due to be completed in 2021.