While COVID-19 is severe and spreads easily from person to person, you can safeguard yourself against the virus by taking these precautions:
Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use analcohol-based hand sanitiser.
Avoid wearing contact lenses. Although contact lenses can be washed daily, small particles or viruses can stick to them. Inadvertent trauma and friction when inserting or removing the contact lenses may cause abrasions on the surface of the cornea and allow germs to enter, leading to infection or inflammation of the cornea.
Cover your nose and mouth with tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose it in the rubbish bin immediately.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys, mobile phones, and doorknobs.
Disinfect your glasses with alcohol* twice daily. You can also wear lightly tinted sunglasses for extra protection.
* Alcohol may cause surface coating of glasses to wear off
Observe safe distancing. Minimise close contact with people who are unwell; refrain from visiting places or attending events with large crowds.
Defer all non-essential overseas travel. If you had been overseas, monitor your health closely for two weeksupon return to Singapore. Seek medical attention promptly if you feel unwell, and inform the doctor of your travel history.
If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms, see a doctor immediately. You are advised to call the clinic ahead of the visit. Wear a mask when going out.
Play your part in containing the spread of the virus by being socially responsible and practising good personal hygiene. It is imperative to remain calm and vigilant, look out for health advisories and news from reliable sources, and comply with control measures.
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