With COVID-19 cases and deaths on the up worldwide, a vital question for many people is: How can I protect myself from catching this virus?
Well, put simply, the best way is to self-isolate and listen to government advice on social distancing and quarantine measures.
These will differ in severity depending on what country you are in, but most countries now have put in place some kind of lockdown measures that you should follow, not only to protect yourself but also to protect others.
If you do need to go out, whether that be for essential work, to purchase essential goods from the supermarket or to buy medicine, here are some tips to best protect yourself as well as others from COVID-19.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least a two-meter distance between yourself and anyone else, especially if they are coughing or sneezing.
The reason for this is if someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close you may breathe in the droplets.
Avoid physical contact when greeting others
Global health experts have said that hand hygiene is one of the most important and effective ways to contain the spread of COVID-19, as the virus can be transmitted when droplets enter our mouth, eyes or nose, which often happens through our hands.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends avoiding shaking hands with others as the virus could easily be spread by shaking hands. Alternatives include a wave, a nod or a bow instead.
The UK's Prince Charles has also been seen using the namaste greeting instead of the customary handshake.
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