Social Distancing and Personal Hygiene to prevent spread of virus

What is Social Distancing

Social distancing is a way to reduce the social interaction or physical contact between people to help reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).  This will help reduce the number of new infections and slow the spread of the epidemic.

These steps include

  • Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) such as fever, cough, shortness of breath
  • Avoid going out unless to the market to get groceries or pharmacy to get medication
  • Avoid large gatherings or public places such as cinemas, restaurants or shopping malls
  • Avoid unnecessary gatherings with friends and family.
  • Keep in touch using remote technology such as the phone or social media
  • Use telephone or online services to contact your doctor or other essential services
  • Try to work as much as possible from home

You are strongly advised to limit your face-to-face interaction other people, particularly if you:

  • are pregnant
  • are elderly (especially over the age of 70)
  • have an underlying health condition (such as hypertension, diabetes, heart or lung condition)

Click to view WHO video on Social Distancing during Covid-19

Personal Hygiene

You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus by practising good personal hygiene

  • Wash your hands regularly using soap and water for 20 seconds or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose the tissue immediately
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid touching objects in public places such as door handles, banisters or lift buttons
  • Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people
  • Do not share your eating utensils, toothbrush or towel
  • Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing

Click to view Dept Health HKSAG video on Maintain Good Hygiene (English)

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