General prevention measures
Wash hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser and avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people (i.e., maintain a distance of at least 1 metre [3 feet]), particularly those who are sick.
Stay at home if sick and isolate yourself from other people.
Practice respiratory hygiene (i.e., cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, discard tissue immediately in a closed bin, and wash hands).
Many countries have implemented international travel bans/closed their borders, have issued advice for domestic travel, and are requesting that citizens travelling abroad should come home immediately if they are able to. Some countries are restricting entry to foreign nationals who have been to affected areas in the preceding 14 days, or are enforcing 14-day quarantine periods where the person’s health should be closely monitored (e.g., twice-daily temperature readings).
Consult local guidance for specific travel restriction recommendations in your country:
Advise patients to limit their interaction, and avoid direct contact with their pets and other animals, especially while they are symptomatic. At this time, there is no evidence that pets and other animals can spread COVID-19; however, caution is advised.
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