Questions & Answers
What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Protection measures for everyone
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on Get Vaccination website and through your national and local public health authority. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID 19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub;
- Maintain at least 2 meter distance between you and other people;
- Avoid touching your face;
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing;
- Stay home if you feel unwell;
- Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.
Protection measures for persons who are in areas where COVID-19 is spreading or have visited these areas in the past 14 days:
- Follow the guidance outlined above.
- Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from viruses, including Coronavirus.
- If you develop fever, cough and breathing problems, 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 travellers. 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 COVID19 and other viruses.