Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – advice for the public

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Stay aware of the latest information on the 19 outbreak, available on the wHO website and through vour 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 vour health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash vour hands trequenty

Regulariv and thoroughly clean vour hands with an alcoho-based hand rub or wash them with soan and

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on vour hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre 13 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why. When someone coughs or sneezes they sprav small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which mav contain virus. If vou are too close. vou can breathe in the droplets. including the COV-19 virus it the verson

coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eves. 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 vour bodv and can make vou SICK.

Practice respirator hvgiene

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. en aisposeornensecrssueimmediarerva

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respirator hvgiene vou protect the veople around vou from viruses such as cold.fluand COVID-19

if vou have rever, cough and difficultv 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 authoritv.

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 tc quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will

also protect you and help prevent spread or viruses and otherinfections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by vour

nedicncare provider

Stav informed on the latest developments about COVID-

19. Follow advice given by vour healthcare provider. vour national and oca public health authoritv or vour emplover on how to protect vourself and others from


Why? National and local authorities will have the most

to date information on whether cOVID-19 IS spreading in vour area. Thev are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect

Protection measures for versons who are in or have recentiv visited (nast 14 davsl areas where COVID-19 is spreading

% Follow the guidance outlined above.

Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild svmptoms such as headache and slight runnv nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with


facilities to operate more ettectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other

If vou develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical advice prompt v as this mav be due to a

respirator infection or other serious condition. Cal in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

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