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How to protect yourself from COVID-19


The WHO provides the following tips to reduce the chances of being infected by COVID-19:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • 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.
  • 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.

In addition to what the WHO recommends, the CDC also recommends the following procedures:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If using a hand sanitizer, make sure the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you are sick, wear a facemask when you are around other people. People who are not sick should only wear a facemask if they are caring for someone who is sick. Facemasks may be in short supply and should be reserved for caregivers or people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
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