Impacting Citizens of the World
We, at GSE, are committed to doing our part in providing access to COVID-19 tests for early detection and prompt infection control measures.
WHO Director-General, 23 March 2020
Asking people to stay at home and other physical distancing measures are an important way of slowing down the spread of the virus and buying time – but they are defensive measures
Oliver Schmoll, WHO European Centre
Washing your hands is such a simple act, and yet such an essential step in halting infectious disease transmission and saving lives
Areas to consider
Practice everyday preventative actions - proper hand & respiratory hygiene, physical distancing, disinfect objects and surfaces.
If you have respiratory symptoms, consult a healthcare professional and co-operate with diagnostics testing and quarantine measures.
If you have travelled to affected areas or have been identified through contact tracing, monitor your symptoms and follow homestay and /or quarantine measures. Also, seek diagnostics testing when appropriate.
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
What should I do if I recently travelled from an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19?
If you have travelled from an affected area, there may be restrictions on your movements for up to 2 weeks. If you develop symptoms during that period (fever, cough, trouble breathing), seek medical advice.
Call the office of your health care provider before you go, and tell them about your travel and your symptoms.
Check with your healthcare provider or local government websites to give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness.
While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.
World Health Organisation also suggests:
#1 Eat a healthy and nutritious diet, which helps your immune system to function properly.
#2 Limit your alcohol consumption and avoid sugary drinks.
#3 Don’t smoke. Smoking can increase your risk of developing the severe disease if you become infected with COVID-19.
#4 Exercise. WHO recommends 30 minutes of physical activity a day for adults, and one hour a day for children.
If your local or national guidelines allow it, go outside for a walk, a run or a ride, and keep a safe distance from others. If you can’t leave the house, find an exercise video online, dance to music, do some yoga, or walk up and down the stairs.
If you’re working at home, make sure you don’t sit in the same position for long periods. Get up and take a 3-minute break every 30 minutes.
#5 Look after your mental health. It’s normal to feel stressed, confused and scared during a crisis. Talking to people you know and trust can help. Supporting other people in your community can help you as much as it does them. Check-in on neighbours, family and friends. Compassion is a medicine.
 CDC -What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) : https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf
 WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 23 March 2020: https://www.who.int/dg/speeches/detail/who-director-general-s-opening-remarks-at-the-media-briefing-on-covid-19---23-march-2020
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