Basic hygiene measures are the most important way to stop the spread of infections, including the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Basic hygiene measures include:
- Hand hygiene – that is, washing hands regularly with soap and water, or cleansing with hand sanitiser
- Staying at home if you are sick
- Coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow and then performing hand hygiene
- Cleaning surfaces regularly.
The use of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face masks can reduce the spread of infection when used correctly and in the appropriate context. This may be recommended in workplaces where people are more likely to come in contact with the disease.
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