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What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?

Protective measures for everyone

Please pay attention to the latest information about the COVID-19 epidemic on the WHO website and national and local public health agencies. Many countries in the world have found cases of COVID-19, and several countries have experienced outbreaks. The competent authorities in China and some other countries have successfully slowed or prevented the spread of the epidemic. However, the situation is unpredictable, so please check the latest information regularly.

You can take some simple precautions to reduce your chances of infection or transmission of COVID-19:

Always wash hands with alcohol-based hand-washing liquid or soap and water.
Reasons: Washing hands with soap and water or with a hand-washing liquid containing alcohol can kill viruses on your hands.
Keep at least 1 meter (3 feet) away from people who cough or sneeze.
Reasons: When a person coughs or sneezes, the nose or mouth will spray droplets that may contain viruses. If you are too close and the person who coughs or sneezes is already infected with the virus, you may inhale droplets and the virus.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Reasons: The virus may be contaminated when the hand touches the surface of many objects. The hand that has been contaminated by the virus may spread the virus to the eyes, nose, or mouth, and the virus will enter the body and cause disease.
Make sure you and your surroundings maintain good respiratory hygiene habits. When sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth and nose with a curved elbow, or use paper towels and immediately dispose of the used paper towels properly.
Reasons: droplets can spread viruses. Good respiratory hygiene should be maintained to protect people around from the common cold, flu and new coronavirus.
If you feel unwell, you should rest at home. If you have fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical advice and call in advance. The instructions of the local health department should be followed.
Reasons: National and local authorities keep up to date on the situation in your area. Calling in advance allows medical staff to quickly guide you to contact the appropriate medical institution. This also helps protect you and helps prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
Keep up to date on the latest developments of coronavirus disease in 2019. Follow the advice provided by medical staff, national and local public health authorities or employers on how to prevent yourself and others from coronavirus 2019.
Reasons: National and local authorities have up-to-date information on whether coronavirus disease 2019 is spreading in your area. They are best qualified to advise residents in your area on how to protect themselves.
Keep abreast of the latest hot spots of COVID-19 (that is, there are currently cities or regions where COVID-19 is widely spread). If possible, avoid going to these places-especially the elderly or people with diabetes, heart disease or lung disease.
Reasons: In these places, the risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher.
 

Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently (in the past 14 days) travelled to areas where COVID-19 is currently spread
Follow the above guidelines (protective measures for everyone)
If you start to feel unwell, even mild symptoms such as headache, low fever (37.3 degrees Celsius or above) and a little runny nose, you should stay at home until you recover. If you have to ask someone to send you supplies or you must go out to buy food, etc., please wear a mask to avoid infecting others.
Reasons: Avoiding contact with others and going to medical institutions will help medical institutions operate more efficiently and help protect you and others from new coronaviruses and other viruses.
If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, this may be caused by a respiratory tract infection or other serious illness, so you should seek medical treatment quickly. Please call in advance and inform the medical staff of any recent travel history or history of contact with travelers.
Reasons: Calling in advance allows medical staff to quickly guide you to contact the appropriate medical institution. This also helps prevent the spread of 2019 coronavirus and other viruses.

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