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Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with
soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses
that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

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

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? 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.

Practice respiratory hygiene

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.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people 
around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

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.
Why? 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 

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your 
healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how 
to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether 
COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your 
area should be doing to protect themselves.

Protection measures for persons who are in or have
recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19
is spreading

  • Follow the guidance outlined above.
1.Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and 
slight runny nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to 
medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you 
and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.

2. If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this 
may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell 
your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Why? Calling in advance will 
allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will 
also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.


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