Basic protective measures against coronavirus (Covid-19)
Be sure to follow the latest updates on the COVID-19 outbreak, on the WHO website and through local and national public health authorities. Most people who become infected have mild symptoms and recover, but others may have more severe symptoms. Take care of your health and protect others with the following measures:
Wash hands regularly
Why? Cleaning your hands with soap and water or rubbing them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will kill viruses that may be on your hands.
Take care of respiratory hygiene practices
Cover your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then dispose of the tissue immediately by throwing it into a closed wastebasket and cleaning your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.
Why? Covering the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevents the spread of germs and viruses. However, if you cover your mouth and nose with your hand while sneezing and coughing, you may transfer germs to everything you touch.
Avoid getting too close to people
Keep a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When a person coughs or sneezes, small liquid droplets that may contain the virus are sprayed from their nose or mouth. If you are too close to him, you can breathe in these droplets, including the virus that causes COVID-19 if the person has it.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. If the hands are contaminated, they may transfer the virus to the eyes, nose or mouth. The virus can enter the body through these ports and make you sick.
If you develop a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice immediately, as you may have a respiratory infection or other severe condition. Call before going to the caregiver and tell them if you've traveled or been in contact with any travelers recently.
Why? Contacting your provider in advance will allow them to quickly direct you to the appropriate healthcare facility. This will also help prevent any possible spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 and other viruses.