How can I protect myself?
Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading and that includes social distancing.
Social distancing will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus by reducing the social interaction between people.
•Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus – these symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
•avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
•work from home, where possible – your employer should support you to do this.
•avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
•avoid gatherings with friends and family – keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
•use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as possible.
We strongly advise you to follow the above measures and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:
•are over 70;
•have an underlying health condition;
This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.
Self-distancing for vulnerable groups
The Government has advised that anyone who is at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus should be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.
For more information see COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people
Preventing the Spread of infection
Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds
Use hand sanitizer where washing facilities are not available
Use a tissue after you cough or sneeze; cover your mouth and nose, throw it away carefully after use and wash your hands – Catch It, Bin It, Kill It
Sneeze into your elbow if you do not have a tissue
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
Keep your social distance from others
Watch this video about proper hand washing technique from the Public Health Agency
20th March 2020