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Groups at risk

Risk groups

The Chief Epidemiologist has issued guidelines for persons who are at increased risk of serious illness if they become infected with COVID-19. The guidelines are directed to persons such as the elderly, persons with cardiovascular diseases or chronic lung diseases.

We can all do our bit to slow the spread of the virus by

Washing your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using a hand sanitiser is also a good idea.
Coughing or sneezing into your elbow and not into your hands or into the air.
Taking care to touch your face as little as possible with your hands, e.g. eyes, mouth and nose. These are all pathways for the virus to enter your body.
Avoid hugging, kissing and snuggling; smile instead.
Use disinfectant wipes to wipe surfaces that many people touch.
Use the telephone and other communication devices to maintain relations, disseminate information and to look out for those who do not have a strong support network.
Choose exercises that you like. You can exercise within the home, under the guidance of a physiotherapist, if appropriate. Guidance on training routines can also be obtained from the radio, television or the Internet.

List of instructions applicable to persons in risk groups

Instructions to employees of nursing homes and day-care centres
Instructions for user-controlled personal assistance (NPA) users and their carers
Easily readable instructions for NPA users and their assistants
Children with special care needs in quarantine
Good advice relating to COVID-19 for persons with chronically ill children and youths

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