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What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Others from the Coronavirus

Information about social distancing, isolating from others, and more.


The best way to help you stay healthy is by washing your hands. Here’s how to do it.


  • First, wet your hands with clean water. Turn off the tap and apply soap.
  • Make sure to get the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Singing “Happy Birthday” twice while washing would help with timing.
  • Rinse your hands under running water, air dry or use a clean towel.
  • In case you don’t have soap, you can use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, mouth and face.


If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms, first thing to do is to isolate yourself in your home in order to protect others.


  • Isolate yourself.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Observe your symptoms and if they get worse, contact your doctor.
  • Use your own bathroom, if possible.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Get rid of tissue and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect the surfaces you use.
  • Don’t share items such as towels, bedding, dishes with other people in your house.
  • Frequently wash your laundry.
  • Wear a mask when you have people around in order to protect yourself and others. If you have breathing difficulties while wearing a mask make sure caregivers wear one around you.
  • If you don’t have a mask make one from a garment like a scarf.
  • Don’t use public transportation such as taxi, subway or bus.
  • Make sure you have a household member or friend who will pick up the grocers or prescriptions for you.


Monitor your COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days in case you suspect you have the virus, have been around someone who has tested positive for it, or you’ve been diagnosed.


  • If you have observed any symptoms such as persistent chest pain or pressure; extreme difficulty breathing; severe, constant dizziness or lightheadedness; slurred speech; and difficulty waking up first thing to do is to find emergency care.
  • If you noted that your symptoms worsen, you have to call your doctor to update them and they will give you next instructions.
  • Keep contact information of your medical provide with you in the event of emergency.
  • Keep a note of your symptoms, including your temperature.


Social distancing helps to stop the spread as the main way COVID-19 spreads is between people


  • Try to avoid physical contact with other people as much as you can.
  • Stay at least 2 meters away from people when outside your home.
  • Do not invite guests over to your house and do not attend any crowded events.
  • Try to avoid large groups.
  • In case you feel sick, stay home.


Regularly clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces


  • Commonly used surfaces like tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, and sinks should be routinely cleaned and disinfected. In case you have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, be vigilant about doing this daily.
  • First, clean the surfaces with soap and water. That will remove the dirt but will not kill germs.
  • To kill germs, you need to disinfect surfaces after cleaning.
  • Wear dedicated gloves for COVID-19 related cleaning and disinfecting or use disposable gloves and discard them after each use.