Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) advice for the public

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) advice for the public

Hi everyone

Today, I would like to share with you the information from WHO (World Health Organization) regarding the current outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019

WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:

Protect yourself and others from getting sick

 

1.       Wash your hands

  • Wash your hands with soap and running water when hands are visibly dirty
  • If your hands are not visibly dirty, frequently clean them by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water

2.       Protect yourself and others from getting sick

Wash your hands

  • after coughing or sneezing
  • when caring for the sick
  • before, during and after you prepare food
  • before eating
  • after toilet use
  • when hands are visibly dirty
  • after handling animals World Health or animal waste

3.       Protect others from getting sick

  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue
  • Throw tissue into closed bin immediately after use
  • Clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water after coughing or sneezing and when caring for the sick

4.       Protect others from getting sick

  • Avoid close contact when you are experiencing cough and fever
  • Avoid spitting in public
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider

5.       Practise food safety

  •  Use different chopping boards and knives for raw meat and cooked foods
  •  Wash your hands between handling raw and cooked food.

Practice food safety

1.       Practise food safety

  • Sick animals and animals that have died of diseases shout not be eaten
  • Even in areas experiencing outbreaks, meat products can be safely consumed if these items are cooked thoroughly and properly handled during food preparation.

2.       Shopping in wet markets in China and Southeast Asia? Stay healthy!

  • Wash hands with soap and water after touching animals and animal products
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid contact with sick animals and spoiled meat
  • Avoid contact with stray animals, waste and fluids in market
  • Wear protective gowns, gloves and facial protection while handling animals and animal products
  • Remove protective nothing after work, wash daily and leave at the work site
  • Avoid exposing family members to soiled work clothing and shoes
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water after touching animals and animal products
  • Disinfect equipment and working area at least once a day

Stay healthy while travelling

  • Avoid travel if you have a fever and cough
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
  • Avoid close contact with people suffering from a fever and cough
  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue — throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
  • If you choose to wear a face mask, be sure to cover mouth and nose -avoid touching mask once it’s on
  • Immediately discard single-use mask after each use and wash hands after removing masks
  • If you become sick while travelling, inform crew and seek medical care early
  • If you seek medical attention, share travel history with your health care provider
  • Eat only well-cooked food
  • Avoid spitting in public
  • Avoid close contact and travel with animals that are sick

 

Source: WHO