Coronavirus: WHO advice to prevent infection

According to WorldOMeter live statistics website, as of March 11, 121,238 had been registered coronavirus cases, with 4378 deaths all over the world. Considering that the scope of the epidemic is increasing increasingly, it is important to know what can we do to protect ourselves and to protect those around us.

These are 10 tips from the World Health Organization that we all must follow to reduce the chances of contagion.

1. wash your hands

The best way to protect our hands is to wash them regularly with an alcohol-based disinfectant or soap and water.

Touching our faces after touching contaminated surfaces is one way to transmit the virus, but washing our hands reduces the risk.

2. Surface cleaning

Regularly clean surfaces with a high polluting potential, such as kitchen benches and work desks.

3. Get informed

Learn about COVID-19 through reliable sources, such as your local or national public health agency, the WHO website, or local health professionals.

Symptoms start with fever and dry cough, but not with runny nose. Most people will have a mild illness and will get better without any special care.

4. Avoid traveling

If you have a fever and cough, avoid traveling, and in case you get sick during a flight, inform the crew immediately.

Once at home, contact a healthcare professional and tell them where you have been to determine possible risks.


If you cough or sneeze, do it on your sleeve, elbow, shoulder, or tissue. Dispose of the tissue immediately in a closed trash container, and then wash your hands.

6. If you are vulnerable, avoid crowded areas

If you are over the age of 60 or have an underlying condition such as cardiovascular disease, a respiratory condition, or diabetes, you are at increased risk of developing a serious illness.

In addition to other precautions, avoid crowded areas where you could interact with sick people without realizing it.

7. Stay home if you are sick

If you don't feel well, stay home and call a local doctor or health professional. The professional should ask some questions about your symptoms, where you have been, and with whom you have had contact.

This will help make sure you get the right advice, go to the right center, and keep you from infecting others.

8. Do I have to wear a mask?


The masks only prevent the infected from infecting other people, but the special masks worn by healthcare professionals are necessary when they come into contact with infected patients.

9. Home care

If you are sick, stay home and sleep separate from your family, using different utensils.

10. Stay on top of the local situation

If you live in a country or community that has been affected, find out what you can do in your community. Discuss how to stay safe with your workplace, school, or place of worship.

With these data you can be a little more informed about the progress of the coronavirus and take the appropriate measures.

Promote the responsible dissemination of news about the disease among your friends and family.