Protecting yourself against Coronavirus


A cup and glasses next to a box of tissues.

You might have seen media reports about Coronavirus by now, a new virus that appeared in Wuhan China last month (December). The novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of a broad family of viruses ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses like SARS.

It’s important to understand the symptoms of Coronavirus, which can include:

  • coughing, sore throat and headaches
  • fever
  • difficulty in breathing

General tips to prevent the spread of infection

  • Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose;
  • Avoid contact with live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption of raw and undercooked meats;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
  • Observe good personal hygiene;
  • Stay home if you are sick (so you do not spread the illness to other people);
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth (virus can transfer from hands and into body);
  • Do not share cups, glasses, dishes or cutlery;
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
  • Get appropriate Vaccine
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately
  • All travellers should monitor health closely for 2 weeks upon return and seek medical attention promptly if they feel unwell, and also inform their doctor of their travel history. If have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, runny nose), should wear a mask and call the clinic ahead of the visit.
  • Advised to regularly check Ministry of Health's website for updates.
  • Travellers to China are also advised to stay vigilant, monitor developments and heed the advice of the local Chinese authorities while in China.

Stay well, everyone.