Things a person can do to avoid becoming infected with the coronavirus disease

To reduce the risk of infection or spread of COVID-19, members of the public are advised to adhere to the following hand and respiratory hygiene measures:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer if no water and soap is available
  • Use of no-touch greetings
  • Maintain at least 2 metres (5 feet) physical distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Immediately call NCDC’s 24/7 toll-free number 0800 970 000 0010. Do not self-medicate
  • Persons with a persistent cough or sneezing, should also stay at home until they recover
  • Obey national and state directives requesting the cancellation and avoidance of large gatherings, including places of worship, social and sporting events
  • Avoid crowded spaces such as open markets, crowded supermarkets and pharmacies

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