How can I protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?
Protection measures for everyone
Keep up to date on the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak available on the WHO website and issued by the national and local public health authority in your country. Many countries in the world have recorded cases of Covid-19 disease, and many have experienced outbreaks. Relevant authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing down or stopping their outbreaks completely. As the situation is difficult to predict, please see the latest news regularly.
You can reduce your risk of catching or spreading Covid-19 disease by taking some simple precautions:
Clean your hands regularly by rubbing them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or by washing them with soap and water.
Why? Cleaning your hands with soap and water or rubbing them with an alcohol disinfectant will kill viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain 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, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth that may contain the virus. If you are very close to him, you can breathe in these droplets, including the virus that causes Covid-19 disease if the person has it.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can catch viruses. If the hands become infected, they may transmit the virus to the eyes, nose or mouth. The virus can enter the body through these ports and make you sick.
Ensure that you and those around you follow good respiratory hygiene practices. This means that you cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? The droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and Covid-19 viruses.
Go home if you feel sick. If you have a fever, cough, and trouble breathing, seek medical attention and contact your caregiver before going. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities have the most recent information on the situation in your area. Calling you in advance will allow your healthcare provider to quickly direct you to the appropriate healthcare facility. This will protect you and prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay updated on the latest developments in COVID-19. Follow advice given by your health care provider, national and local public health authorities or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities have the most recent information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what actions people in your area can take to protect themselves.
Stay up-to-date on the latest information on hot spots of COVID-19 infection (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is most common). And avoid traveling to these places as much as possible, especially if you are elderly, have diabetes, or have a heart or lung disease.