There are no registered cases of Coronavirus 2019-nCoV in Costa Rica as of mid-February 2020. If you are traveling to Costa Rica in the near future, we have even more good news for you!
First, know that the Costa Rican government initiated the preventative protocol to detect, contain, and stop the spread of any possible cases of Coronavirus in the country as early as mid-January 2020. This action followed the alerts by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Since then, every airport, border, public and private clinics, hospitals, schools, and any significant events, under the leadership of the Ministry of Health and other government institutions, have implemented specific guidelines to identify any possible case of the virus that could enter the country. If a suspicious case happens, Costa Rica is ready to apply a rigorous protocol to confirm the case and isolate the infected person.
Costa Rica is prepared to avoid the spread of the coronavirus 2019-nCoV virus in Costa Rican soil.
What Is the Coronavirus?
According to the World Health Organization, “Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans. Some infect people and are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).” (source)
The coronavirus that has the entire world population so vigilant is a new strain that was detected first in the city of Wuhan, China, in late 2019.
The problem is that this new virus has already caused over 200 deaths and close to 10,000 people infected in not only China but also in over 20 other countries around the world, including the USA and Germany.
The 2019-nCoV can seem like the regular flu at the beginning, with symptoms like fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and muscular pain. The WHO says, “As with other respiratory illnesses, infection with 2019-nCoV can cause mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. It can be more severe for some people and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.” (source)
When people get severely sick because of the virus, they can suffer from Severe Respiratory Syndrome (like SARS) or renal insufficiency.
How Many Cases of Coronavirus Are There in Costa Rica?
As of mid-February 2020, there are no cases of coronavirus 2019-nCoV reported in Costa Rica.
Daniel Salas, Costa Rica’s Health Minister, is in charge of the country’s protocol to prevent any possible spread of the virus in Costa Rican soil.
“We emphasize to the population that we are working under the scheme of the national risk system which has proven to be efficient both today and in the past when we face H1N1 and SARS-CoV,” said Salas on a press release early February 2020.
Does Costa Rica Have Travel Restrictions Due to Coronavirus?
The WHO, as of mid-February 2020, has advised the world population not to implement any travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus. Following these instructions, Costa Rica has no restrictions for travelers to come into the country.
Nonetheless, airports, airlines, and border officials have implemented the strict guidelines created by the Costa Rican Ministry of Health to identify, isolate, and follow suspicious cases that might enter the country.
Will I Have Trouble Traveling Back to the USA, Canada, or Europe from Costa Rica Due to the Coronavirus?
No, you will not have trouble traveling back to the USA, Canada, or Europe from Costa Rica due to the Coronavirus, as of mid-February 2020.
How Can I Prevent a Coronavirus Infection?
Hygiene is the best ally you can have to prevent not only a coronavirus infection, but any other virus or bacterial infection. (source)
It is essential that you wash your hands as often as possible. When you come from the supermarket, bank, or any other errand, when your kids come back from school, after you go to the bathroom, etc. The bottom line is you should wash your hands all the time because even if you have not been in immediate contact with a sick person, an infected person could have been where you were. You can get the virus or bacteria by bringing your contaminated hands to your mouth, eyes, or nose.
Another critical practice has to do with sneezing and coughing hygiene. The WHO advises when coughing and sneezing, you should cover your mouth with the flexed elbow or a tissue. One common lousy practice when sneezing or coughing is to cover our mouth with our hands. By doing so, you can spread viruses by touching objects or people.
After sneezing and coughing, it is always important to wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand rub. If you use a tissue, discard it immediately.
The third thing you must do to prevent infection by viruses and bacteria is to handle and cook meat products properly and thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables.
Also, if you know of someone that is sick and has been close to an infected area or person, keep your distance and report it to the authorities. If you have any of the symptoms and have any doubts about your health, seek medical attention promptly.
Where Can I Monitor the Status of Coronavirus in Costa Rica?
It is very important that you only consult official sources to know if the Coronavirus 2019-nCoV is in Costa Rica. We have prepared this summary for you, and we’ll keep it as up-to-date as possible. But remember that this is a global problem and it can change from day-to-day.
The Ministry of Health is the authority in Costa Rica that officially releases any verified information regarding Coronavirus 2019-nCoV in Costa Rica. Please visit the ministry’s website to access the most up-to-date reports and guidelines regarding the spread of this virus inside Costa Rican borders.
The Coronavirus is not currently in Costa Rica. There haven’t been any reported cases of the Coronavirus 2019-nCoV as of mid-February 2020. The Costa Rican government has implemented rigorous protocol controls to identify, isolate, and control any possible cases that come into Costa Rican soil.
John Rabenau has been working in the eco-tourism & adventure travel industry in Costa Rica since 2002. He has worked in a variety of capacities from Outdoor Educator & Principle Guide to Itinerary Design Manager & Business Owner for numerous organizations. He has grown Costa Rica Escapes into one of the most reputable Costa Rica travel agencies since its creation in 2006, hosting more than 5,000 people with custom vacation itineraries.