Keep up to date with the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available from the WHO website, and from national and local public health authorities. coronavirus continues to affect mainly the people of China, although outbreaks are raging in other countries. Most infected people have mild symptoms and recover, but others may be more severe.
Take care of your health and protect others by following the advice below:
Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands frequently with a hydroalcoholic solution or with soap and water
Why? Washing your hands with hydroalcoholic solution or soap and water will kill the virus if it is on your hands.
Avoid close contact
Maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from other people, especially if they cough, sneeze, or have a fever.
Why? When a person infected with a respiratory virus, such as COVID-19, coughs, or sneezes, they spray small droplets containing the virus. If you are too close, you can inhale the virus.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Why? The hands are in contact with many surfaces that may be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, you may be in contact with the virus on these surfaces.
Respect the rules of respiratory hygiene
Cover your mouth and nose with the crease of the elbow or with a handkerchief if you cough or sneeze soap.
Why? Covering your mouth and nose with a cough or sneeze helps prevent the spread of viruses and other pathogens.
Stay informed and follow your doctor’s advice
Keep up to date with the latest developments regarding COVID-19. Follow the advice of your doctor, national and local health authorities, or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why ? National and local authorities have the most recent information on whether or not COVID-19 has spread in the region you are in. They are in the best position to explain what people in your area should do to protect themselves.
Protective measures for people who are or have recently visited (within the past 14 days) in areas where COVID-19 is spread
- Follow the tips presented above.
- If you start to feel sick, even if you have only mild symptoms like headaches and a runny nose, stay home until you heal. Why? Avoiding contact with other people and going to health facilities will allow these facilities to function more efficiently and protect you and others from COVID-19 and other viral diseases.
- If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, see a doctor right away, as it may be a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call your doctor and let them know if you have recently traveled or been in contact with travelers. Why ? If you call them, your doctor can quickly refer you to the most suitable health establishment. It will also protect you and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viral diseases.
OMS answers you
Q: Should you avoid shaking hands because of the new coronavirus?
A: Yes. Respiratory viruses can be contracted by shaking hands with someone and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Greet with a wave of the hand or head, or bow.
Q: How do I greet someone to avoid catching the new coronavirus?
A: The safest way to greet each other to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid physical contact. You can wave with your hand or head, or bow.
Q: Does wearing rubber gloves in public places prevent infection with the new coronavirus?
A: No. Washing your hands regularly protects against COVID-19 better than wearing rubber gloves. The virus can be on the gloves and there is a risk of contamination if you touch your face with the gloves.