How to protect yourself and others during a coronavirus pandemic: simple but important rules

coronavirus prevention tips

To take care of your own and other people’s health, you should follow some simple instructions. We decided to summarize for you the information provided by the WHO.

How to reduce the risk of infection

Wash your hands regularly

Use an alcohol-containing substance or wash with regular or antibacterial soap. If a virus is present on the hands surface, antiseptic or soap will kill it.

Keep a distance in public places

Keep at least 1-meter distance from others, especially if they have coughs, runny nose, and fever. When a person who has a respiratory infection including COVID-19 is coughing or sneezing, it’s spreading tiny droplets containing virus around. If you are standing close to a sick person, it is possible to get the virus by inhaling the air.

Try to avoid touching your face

Hands touch many objects where the virus is possibly present. By touching your face with dirty hands you increase the possibility to infect yourself by transferring the virus from your hands surface to your body.

Follow the rules of respiratory hygiene

While coughing or sneezing, it is necessary to use a cloth to cover or at least to use a folded elbow; after that, you should throw the cloth into the trash can with the lid and use antiseptic on your hands or a soap. It helps to avoid the spread of viruses and other pathogens. If you use not a cloth or an elbow but your hand, the microbes may get on your skin and then on objects or people you contact with.

If you have signs of respiratory infection, make sure you get a doctor’s consultation as soon as possible

If you recently have traveled to a country where the outbreak of COVID-19 is registered, or in case you had a contact with a person who has symptoms of respiratory illness, inform your health worker. A fewer, coughs and difficulty breathing requires immediate medical attention as they may be caused by a respiratory illness. Symptoms of respiratory distress combined with fever may have a variety of causes, including COVID-19.

Follow-up on the information and recommendations of medical experts

Follow the advice of professionals, central and local public health institutions, and the company where you work to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. They have the most current data on the dynamics of COVID-19 in your city and can provide the most appropriate advice on personal protective measures for people in your community.

If possible, isolate yourself at home by avoiding unnecessary travel and large crowds of people

Visit public places only when necessary, such as when you need to buy groceries or go to a pharmacy. When going out, be sure to follow all the above-mentioned safety and personal hygiene measures.

It is recommended to switch to a remote form of work instead of visiting the office, if your management allows this option, as well as not to go to restaurants, shopping malls, and other public places. Instead think about alternative ways. For example, consider ordering contactless food delivery instead of going to the store.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones!

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