Steps to take to avoid the coronavirus
The World Health Organization (WHO) is monitoring and responding to the current COVID-19 outbreak across the world. A dedicated website has been created to track the spread and the impact of the virus. You can find more information about COVID-19 as well as information on preventative measures and travel advice.
Basic steps to take to protect against the Coronavirus
WHO recommends that everyone do the following:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds frequently.
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance with anyone coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Practice proper hygiene by covering your mouth with a tissue or your bent elbow when coughing or sneezing.
- If you have a fever, cough or find it difficult to breathe, seek medical help as soon as possible.
Why do you have to practice social distancing?
When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
First steps to take if you start coughing, sneezing or have difficulty breathing
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.
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 to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
When and if you should use a mask
- If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected COVID-19 infection.
- Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
- Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.
Common myths about COVID-19 that are not true
There might be some news and content out there that may tell you that eating garlic will help in you fighting the coronavirus, myths like that does not help the global fight against the outbreak, so make sure to look at the important myth busters that WHO have put together.
All the FAQs on COVID-19
To know more about the virus, how to protect from it, how to prevent the spread and everything else, head to the following dedicated FAQs page. And make sure to keep a track of this information and update yourself as often as possible.