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How to reduce risk of contracting COVID-19

30 March, 2020

Reduce risk of getting COVID-19

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).

We advice following all these steps to reduce risk of contracting the Coronavirus.

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