Protecting myself/my family
COVID-19 is infectious, so it is important to minimise how much time you spend with people you don’t live with to only essential contact (e.g going to the shop or picking up a prescription). The virus is passed on through tiny droplets that come from the nose and mouth. These droplets can stay on surfaces for some time, so it is important that you:
wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds)
use hand sanitiser, if water and soap are unavailable
wash your hands as soon as you get home
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when you cough or sneeze
put your used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands
avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth (if your hands are not clean)
There have been a lot of terms used recently, which may be confusing if you have never heard them before.
Social (physical) distancing is to be used when you don’t think you have COVID-19. Social (physical) distancing means you reduce any face-to-face contact with any people you don’t live with to absolutely necessary. When outside of your home, for shopping or exercise, it is important to try and stay at least two metres apart at all times (the length of a door).
Self-quarantine is when you have had contact with someone who has COVID-19, but you are not sure if you have it. In this instance it is important to stay at home (and away from people in your home) in case you begin to develop symptoms and become infectious. You should do this for 14 days after you last had contact with a person/people with COVID-19.
Isolation is when you have COVID-19 symptoms. In this instance it is important to stay at home (and away from people in your home) until your symptoms are gone.
If you are not able to stay at home because of work or other commitments, do everything you can to keep the safe physical distance from other people and remember to regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds, and when entering your home, and before and after eating or drinking.