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How to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

How to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

We can all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. The United Nations recently released a list of simple personal hygiene and social distancing measures that we can all practice everyday. Check out the list below and please pass this along – we are part of the collective to stop COVID-19.

How to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

How to Practice Proper Hand Washing

  • Wash your hands frequently. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands properly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.  
  • Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

How to Hand Wash

1. Wet hands with water.

2. Apply enough soap to cover all hand surfaces.

3. Rub hands palm to palm.

4. Right palm over left hand, interlaced fingers. And vice versa.

5. Palm to palm, fingers interlaced.

6. Back of fingers to opposing palms, fingers interlocked.

7. Rotational rubbing of right and left thumbs.

8. Rotational rubbing with clasped fingers, in palm.

9. Rinse hands with water.

10. Dry thoroughly with a towel.  Minimum 20 seconds. 

Avoid Face Touching 

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Respiratory Hygiene

  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. 
  • Why? Droplets from your cough or sneeze spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
  • How? This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

When to Stay at Home 

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

WHO Myth-busters

There is a lot of false information around. These are the facts.

🔢 People of all ages CAN be infected by the coronavirus. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. 

❄ Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the coronavirus.

☀ The coronavirus CAN be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates

🦟 The coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.

🐶 There is NO evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can transmit the coronavirus.

🛀 Taking a hot bath DOES NOT prevent the coronavirus

💨 Hand dryers are NOT effective in killing the coronavirus

🟣 Ultraviolet light SHOULD NOT be used for sterilization and can cause skin irritation

🌡 Thermal scanners CAN detect if people have a fever but CANNOT detect whether or not someone has the coronavirus

💦 Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body WILL NOT kill viruses that have already entered your body

💉 Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine, DO NOT provide protection against the coronavirus.

👃 There is NO evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the coronavirus. 

🧄 Garlic is healthy but there is NO evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the coronavirus.

💊 Antibiotics DO NOT work against viruses, antibiotics only work against bacteria.

🧪 To date, there is NO specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the coronavirus.


Check the facts on the WHO website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

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