We have heard that the most effective means of prevention for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) is by not leaving home. However, not everyone can stop going out. If you have to go out and use public transportation during the outbreak, here’s what you need to do.
Practice social distancing
We should minimise close contact with others to slow down transmission. The Ministry of Health has said that it is best to maintain at least 1-metre distance between yourself and others — especially those with symptoms. If not possible, at least turn your head the other way.
Wash your hands
The virus may linger on surfaces such as the handrail and lift buttons for days. It is good to minimise contact with these surfaces and use hand sanitiser if you touch it. When you can get access to soap and clean water, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your face
Another vital method to stay safe from the coronavirus is by not touching your face because the mucus membranes on your eyes, nose, and mouth are easy entry-ways.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (or your elbow when it is not available) when coughing and dispose of it as soon as you can.
Put on a face mask if you are unwell
The recommended action for symptomatic individuals is to be in isolation. If you need to go out to get medical help, put on a face mask to help curb the spread of germs. This step should always be accompanied by a good coughing etiquette and hand hygiene.
Head to the official Ministry of Health website to learn more about Covid-19.
*This guidance is subject to change once more is known about Covid-19 transmissibility