The World Health Organisation has declared coronavirus pandemic. As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread worldwide it is wise to prepare for it. There are basic steps that will help you reduce your risk of getting sick or infecting others.
Here’s what you can do:
Wash your hands
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after coughing, blowing your nose, or sneezing
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and avoid large events or mass gatherings
- Wear facemasks when going outside
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow
- Throw used tissues in the bin
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer
Clean and disinfect your home
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Clean the surfaces first with a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection
If you feel sick stay home and call the designated number. Read more about what to do if you are sick
At-risk groups and coronavirus
It is likely you are more at risk if you catch coronavirus and you:
- are 60 years of age and over
- have a long-term medical condition – for example, heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer
- are pregnant
Symptoms of coronavirus
It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear.
The main symptoms to look out for are:
- a cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
- shortness of breath
- breathing difficulties
- fever (high temperature)
Other symptoms are fatigue, headaches, sore throat, aches and pains.
For more information on coronavirus please check HSE website.