World Health Organization recommends people take these simple precautions against coronavirus to reduce exposure and transmission.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap or clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub as it kills viruses that may be in your hand.
- Maintain social distancing of at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the bin and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue to hand, cough or sneeze into your elbow rather than your hands.
- Wear your mask as it offers some protection as they block liquid droplets.
- Immediately seek medical help if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, and share your travel history with the healthcare provider.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth 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.
- If visiting live markets in affected areas avoid direct, unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces that have been in contact with animals.
- If you have returned from an affected area in the last two weeks, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people for 14 days. This means not going to work, school or public areas.
- If you have returned from an infected area and develop a high temperature, cough, runny nose, sore throat or difficulty breathing do not leave your home until you have been given advice by a doctor.