Saturday, March 14, 2020

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand 
rub or wash them 
with soap and water.

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 yourself and
 anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid
 droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain 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 eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once
 contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or
 mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can 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. Then dispose of the used
 tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene 
you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek 

medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty 
breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the 
directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date
 information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will 
allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right 
health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread 
of viruses and other infections.