Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19.
Wearing a medical mask is one of the prevention measures to limit spread of certain respiratory diseases,including 2019-nCoV, in affected areas.
- A mask is effective only if worn properly, fitting snugly from the top of the nose to below the chin with no gaps.
- Masks should be worn the entire time you are outside and should not be moved up and down.
- While no mask is 100% effective, it can help keep both you and others safe when combined with social distancing and regular hand-washing.
- N95 and medical masks, which offer the most protection and are heavily in demand, should be reserved for health care workers who are regularly exposed to infected patients.
Practice social distancing to fight COVID-19.
Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:
- Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people.
- Do not gather in groups.
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
- If possible, avoid using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.
Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way.
Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Stay at home Save lives.
In order to avoid transmission of the virus, everybody should keep their distance from each other to a larger extent than usual. Those that may be infected with coronavirus but are not ill, must be quarantined.
- It is important that we all only travel when absolutely necessary, also domestically.
- If you have been abroad, you must stay quarantined for 14 days from the day you returned home.
- Stay updated with the news – but not too much.
- Get your daily dose of physical activity and daylight.