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How To Protect Yourself and Others

Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading.

Good hygiene includes:

  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue

  • Disposing of tissues properly

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet

  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitisers

  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people

  • Cleaning and sanitising frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets

If you have a confirmed case, you need to self-isolate to prevent it spreading to other people.

Surgical masks

Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others.

If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask. There is little evidence that widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people prevents transmission in public.


To learn more about the importance of practising good hygiene and knowing when to see a Doctor, please visit the Department of Health's website below:


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