What you need to know about the novel coronavirus and how to protect yourself

Hand hygiene and general hygiene measures are the most important preventive measures to protect yourself from infection. What else you need to know about the coronavirus, which hygiene measures should be followed for protection against COVID-19 and which disinfectants are effective against the coronavirus can be found here.
What are coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
How is the novel coronavirus transmitted?

The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is transmissible from person to person. Cases have also been reported to occur in individuals infected by people who have shown only mild or nonspecific symptoms.

The novel coronavirus primarily causes respiratory illness. As with other coronaviruses, transmission is thought to occur via respiratory secretions. The novel coronaviruses have also been found in stool samples from some patients. Whether COVID-19 can also be transmitted fecal-orally has not been clearly established.

Measures for infection prevention

Adherence to general hygiene measures, especially good and frequent hand hygiene, are the most important preventive measures to protect against infection.
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Avoid shaking hands

Avoid handshakes and physical contact, such as hugs, especially with people who are ill.
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Keep your distance and avoid crowds

Keep a distance of at least 1.5m, especially from people who have a fever, cough, or other symptoms of illness.

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Regular & thorough hand hygiene

Disinfect your hands regularly in 6-steps with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water.

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Adhere to coughing and sneezing etiquette

Cover your mouth and nose with the crook of your arm or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

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Disposing used tissues

Throw away used tissues immediately and disinfect your hands afterwards.
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Pay attention to symptoms

If you have symptoms such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, first seek medical advice from a doctor by phone, describing your symptoms and mentioning any contacts you may have had with sick people. Follow the instructions of your doctor and local health department.

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