COVID-19 is not like the flu. It causes far more severe cases and deaths!
Currently there is no cure. It is crucial that the transmission of this virus to be stopped by epidemiological means.
The most important thing you can do, is to wash your hands. Disinfectant should only be used if hand washing is unavailable.
You can find information on how to properly wash you hands here
. (World Health Organisation
Sneeze into your elbow, not your hand. This can greatly reduce the risk of infection. More information at the CDC
Avoid shaking hands. There many other ways to show respect to another person, for example bowing. This can greatly reduce the risk of infection.
Avoid visits to hospitals and care facilities. The elderly have a much higher risk to suffer from a severe form of COVID-19. Use video chat or the telephone. Social distancing
is the best method to slow the spread. Refrain from visiting persons at risk (persons over 65, chronically ill). These persons have a very high risk to become a severe case.
Please consider, that there are infected without any symptoms that can spread the virus unknowingly to others,Keep at least 1 meter distance to another person.
This can reduce the risk of infection.Avoid
all absolutely essential travel
! There is a increased risk of infection at airports, train stations, airplanes, and trains, because in these places large groups of people stay for longer times in close proximity.Avoid cruises
. Here the risk of infection is also high and measures to quarantine people can be very difficult to implement.
Currently the general use of face masks can not be recommended. Surgical masks to not prevent an infection. FFP2 or FFP3 masks (N95 in the US) can reduce the risk of infection, however the proper use of these masks requires training and these masks only provide protection for a limited time.
Unfortunately shady offers promising a cure for the disease have pop up on social media. Do not believe these fasle promises, they are just a scam.
These measures are quite drastic but only by adhering to them we have a chance to reduce the number of deaths and severe cases.