COVID-19 – What we know so far and how to protect yourself
As the Corona virus continues to spread and there are a many different sources of information available online, we think it is essential to provide you with the most important facts and what we all as individuals + as employer can do to protect ourselves and others.
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While coronavirus is of concern, it is important to remember that most people displaying symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or tiredness are likely suffering with a cold or other respiratory illness—not coronavirus.
1. What we know so far about the outbreak:
- There is no evidence of dispersal over the air
- Human-to-human contact is necessary to become infected with the virus – through contact or exchange of body fluids
- The incubation period for the virus is between 5-14 days.
- Travel to high-risk areas should be avoided until further notice
2. Concrete prevention measures:
- Keep a distance to sick people (one to two meters)
- Regular and frequent and careful hand washing (at least 20 seconds with soap up to your wrists)
- Wear gloves if necessary (wash afterwards /change daily)
- Avoid shaking hands and replacing hug with elbow strikes (the so-called “Ebola handshake”)
- Do not the face or the mucous membranes on the face (mouth, eyes, nose) with fingers
- Sneezing not into the hand, but into the elbow
- Dispose used handkerchiefs quickly
- Respiratory masks offer little protection to healthy people, the humidification of the mask by condensed breathing air removes the barrier protection after only 20 minutes, masks should be worn by medical staff be reserved – our staff should not buy masks, reserve them to medical staff
- Develop other protective habits such as pressing elevator buttons with an ankle instead of fingertip
- Avoid crowded places and events
3. Pandemic preparation
It is well-advised to have a sufficient monthly supply of food, water and essentials
- Stock sufficient quantities of non-perishable food
- Stock up on prescription and nonprescription drugs such as pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
- Organise early opportunities for care of sick children
- Think early about additional protection and care for family members, especially the elderly, the sick and people with weakened immune system, and close friends.
- Ensure proper care for sick family members while trying to avoid infection
We will keep you up to date on this. The outbreak may be a serious public health concern but it is important to remember that most people who contract the virus do not become seriously ill.
For the latest advice, information and resources, visit https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019