6 Ways to Protect Yourself against Coronavirus

1. Wash your hands often

Clean your hands thoroughly by washing them with soap and water for 20-30 seconds or use a hand sanitizer.

Why? This will kill any viruses on your hands.

2. Avoid touching your face

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Why? Your hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, you can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.

3. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Then, throw away the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets from an infected person who coughs, sneezes or speaks, spreads the virus.

4. Keep a safe distance from other people

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus.

5. Stay at home if you can

Especially if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.

Why? This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.

6. Avoid travelling

Avoid travelling to places, especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.

Why? You have a higher chance of catching the virus in crowded and public spaces and developing more severe symptoms.

If you or a family member have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care by contacting your local helpline.