These face cloth masks are reusable and can be sterilized through the use of a strong detergent in a washing machine. Surgical masks are ideal, because they are made with several layers of filters, giving added protection, and you can easily discard them after use.
Practice good respiratory hygiene
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.