Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Ideally, a person should cough or sneeze into a tissue and immediately dispose of it after. However, if you don’t have a mask or tissue, it is advised that you sneeze into the crook of your arm. It is safer and helps to prevent coronavirus disease from spreading.
Practice safe social distancing
When it comes to how to prevent COVID-19, keeping away from people is still one of the best measures.
Social distancing involves staying at least one meter away (as recommended by the WHO) from other people. This is a preventive measure that protects you and others from being infected by respiratory droplets that contain the virus. In countries like Singapore, simple tape was used to mark the distance people had to maintain from each other in public.
Steer clear of crowds
According to an observation from John Hopkins University and ground reports from the COVID-19 dashboard CoronaTracker, the virus had originated in Wuhan, but had quickly spread to other countries like the USA and Italy.
If a certain area has had reported cases of coronavirus, it would be prudent to avoid travelling to these potential hubs. It is recommended that you stay home, unless necessary to go out. If one must go out, practice social distancing and avoid crowds.
Wash your hands frequently
As the coronavirus is highly contagious, it is important to wash your hands frequently. It is recommended that you thoroughly scrub and clean your hands for 20 seconds. The rubbing motion and the use of soap breaks the structural form of COVID-19.
Always wash your hands:
- After handling money
- Heading outside
- During and after food preparation
- Before and after putting on gloves
- After sneezing or coughing
- Before and after using the bathroom
- After any form of hand contamination
- Before and after meals
- After any cleaning activity
- After handling dirty items like trash, coins, and paper bills
Remember: The virus enters the body via the mouth, nose, and eyes. If a person’s hand has been contaminated by the virus, it often transfers when the person touches their face.