How to reduce risk of contracting COVID-19
27 March, 2020
Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette are two terms you may have heard of in relation to avoiding COVID-19. This refers to washing your hands properly and often, and using proper sneezing and coughing practices (covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or coughing or sneezing into your upper sleeve and elbow).
Here are 11 ways you can reduce your risk of getting COVID-19:
- Reach out to a doctor if you can before heading to the ER
- Follow trusted, expert advice
- Focus on hygiene
- Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow
- Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication, ensure you have adequate supplies
- Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do
- Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848
- Don’t wear a face mask if you are well
- Get the flu shot (available April).