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How to Protect Yourself?
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. There is currently no vaccine. To protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others follow these recommended instructions.
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Being too close raises the chance of getting infected.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus (if the person coughing has the disease).
Avoid touching face
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Why? Hands come in contact with many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once infected, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can potentially make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze to prevent spraying small liquid droplets.
Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the communities around you from illnesses such as the common cold, flu and COVID-19.
These are for informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for advice. (Source: WHO)
Take steps to protect others
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and others from getting ill with the virus.
- Stay home if you’re sick – You should stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your mouth and nose – You should cover your mouth and nose with either your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Wear a facemask if you are sick – You should wear a facemask if you are sick when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
- Clean and disinfect touched surfaces daily – You should clean and disinfect touched surfaces daily like countertops, desktops, doorknobs, handles, light switches, phones and tables.
- Stay informed about the local situation – You should stay informed about the local situation and get up-to-date national updates from public health officials.