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How can the spread of COVID-19 be slowed down or revented

Mar. 18, 2020

As of the reports on Mar. 7, the global number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has surpassed 100 000. The World Health Organization (WHO) reminds all countries and communities that the spread of this virus can be significantly slowed or even reversed through the implementation of robust containment and control activities. 


China and other countries are demonstrating that spread of the virus can be slowed and impact reduced through the use of universally applicable actions, such as working across society to identify people who are sick, bringing them to care, following up on contacts, preparing hospitals and clinics to manage a surge in patients, and training health workers.


How can the spread of COVID-19 be slowed down or revented?

As with other respiratory infections like the flu or the common cold, public health measures are critical to slow the spread of illness. Public health measures are everyday preventive actions that include:

- Staying home when sick;

- Covering mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of used tissue immediately;

- Washing hands often with soap and water; and

- Cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects.

Information source: www.who.int