Avoiding infection - Home and abroad

You can protect yourself and others from infection by following these simple instructions:

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
When you are not able to wash your hands, a hand sanitizer can be of use. It is good to disinfect your hands, especially after touching items which others frequently touch, such as credit card terminals, door handles, hand rails and the like. The Medical Director's website contains various information on the virus and precautions.
If you need to cough or sneeze, sneeze into the crook of your arm or into a disposable tissue. This prevents spraying from occurring. Be careful not to cough or sneeze directly at other people.
Restrict close communication with other people, for instance through handshakes and hugging. Find other ways of greeting that do not involve physical contact.
Avoid touching your face with your hands, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
Clean more often surfaces that are frequently used.
If you are a senior citizen or with a persistent illness, consider staying away from crowds and family gatherings.
Avoid associating with people who have symptoms similar to the flu.
Where the 1-metre rule cannot be enforced, face masks that cover the mouth and nose must be used. But in cases where it is possible to ensure a 1-metre distance between persons, face masks need not be worn. The general use of face masks in public is not recommended. Face masks will never replace basic infection control that must be used at all times: washing hands, general hygiene and the cleaning of contact surfaces. Face masks do not replace the 1-metre rule in e.g. shops, bars and cafés. It is important to read the instruction on the use of face masks in order to use them correctly.

You can access a educational video explaining the importance of hand washing as part of the protection measures, short version and long version.

Easy to read information about the corona-virus.

Guidelines when travelling abroad

Guidelines Regarding Travel Abroad for Residents of Iceland have been issued including information such as hygiene and infection control, the use of protective masks and what to do when returning home.

If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19 you should not travel. It is advisable for everyone to check, before the trip begins, what rules apply in the country in question.

People living in Iceland are advised not to travel to high-risk areas, but many countries are still defined as high-risk areas.

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