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Prevent the spread

Prevention

Good hygiene is key to preventing the spread of any virus including Coronavirus.

The NHS have advised the following steps to help stop viruses spreading:

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • wash your hands with soap and water often - use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Symptoms of Coronavirus

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

The symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

However, these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the virus.

Household cleaning

When cleaning you should use your usual household cleaning products, like detergents and bleach, as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces.
Clean touched surfaces (such as door handles, handrails, remote controls and table tops) frequently. This is particularly important if you have an older or vulnerable person in the house.

Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own

In England, you must wear a face covering by law immediately before entering any of these settings and must keep it on until you leave:

  • public transport
  • indoor transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
  • shops and supermarkets (places which are open to the public and that wholly or mainly offer goods or services for retail sale or hire)
  • indoor shopping centres
  • banks, building societies, and post offices (including credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses)

You will be exempt from wearing a face covering if you:

  • are a child aged 11 or under.
  • have a disability.
  • have a learning disability or Autism.
  • would experience severe distress putting on, wearing or removing a face covering/ mask.
  • have any communication needs that require you to lip read.
  • have a health problem or condition that could be affected by wearing a face covering for example, problems with your breathing.

Where this law does not apply

Face coverings are required to be worn in any shops, including food shops and supermarkets, but are not required in hospitality settings, including restaurants with table service, bars, and pubs. They are also not required in entertainment venues (such as cinemas or casinos), visitor attractions (such as heritage sites or museums), exercise and sports venues (such as gyms).

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