How can I avoid infection?

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

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