Coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions: 10 ways to reduce your risk of catching the virus

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As coronavirus continues to spread across the world and more countries are reporting increase in cases of coronavirus, it’s important to be aware of some precautions you can take to help prevent the spread of virus.

Presently, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria, since there is no evidence of transmission in the community in Victoria, you do not need to limit your movements or to stay at home.

However, you should practice high personal hygiene and use hand sanitisers at all times. At MCIE and Explore English, hand sanitisers units have been placed around the institute for your health.

Since precaution is the best way to keep yourself safe, here are some measures that can help reduce your risk of coronavirus.*

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds and dry them with paper towel or hand dryer. Discard used tissues responsibly into a bin.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue to prevent the spread of germs, or you can cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow in case you don’t have a tissue.
  4. Stay at home to isolate yourself if you are feeling unwell and make sure you have adequate supplies of any medication you take.
  5. Call your GP immediately in case you require medical attention.
  6. Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms and avoid shaking hands.
  7. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser (with over 60 percent alcohol content).
  8. It’s not necessary to wear a face mask unless you are taking care of an infected person. Health authorities have urged that only infected people wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus.
  9. Flu shot would likely be available after April. Check for updates from health authorities and get the flu shot.
  10. Last but not the least-continue to exercise, drink plenty of water, ensure you are well rested, and avoid smoking.

*(source: dhhs.vic.gov.au)

For more information and regular updates, please check the website of the Department of Health and Human Services, and the State Government of Victoria as well as keep uptodate with travel advice issued by the Department of Home Affairs.

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