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COVID-19 Prevention Tips

Covid19: Prevention Tips

Protect Yourself, Protect Your Community

At International Medical Corps, we’re always preparing for the unexpected—whether it’s an earthquake, a hurricane or an outbreak of infectious disease. As the COVID-19 outbreak grows, it’s important to know that there are many actions we can take to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities.

Here’s what you can do to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Especially if you’re in a high-risk group, consider limiting your exposure to others, using social distancing—for example, avoid large gatherings, crowds of people and frequent trips to the store.
  • Visit your state and local public-health websites for additional guidance specific to your area.
  • Those at higher risk for serious illness should take additional precautions.

Here’s what you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others:

  • Practice social distancing—for example, avoid public places and gatherings.
  • Stay home if you feel sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Wear a face mask if you are sick.
  • If you are not sick, you do not need to wear a face mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a face mask). Face masks are in short supply and should be saved for caregivers.

The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath and range from moderate to severe. If you develop symptoms, stay home and call 111.
If you feel sick, here is what you can do:

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Wear a face mask if you are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes in the crook of your elbow or with a tissue.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Frequently clean all high-touch surfaces. 
  • Monitor your symptoms, and seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (for example, if you have difficulty breathing).
  • Call 999 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the dispatch personnel that you may have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before emergency medical services arrive.

The threat posed by COVID-19 is especially worrisome in communities we serve where health systems are already challenged. Thanks to our supporters we’re already helping to make sure those communities are more prepared to take infection prevention and control measures, should they be affected by the outbreak.

We’re also taking appropriate measures to protect our 7,000+ staff members around the world as they ramp up their local responses.
We’re in this together, and now, more than ever, it’s evident that global health is our health.

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