Guide for General Public to Prevent Pneumonia Caused by the Novel Coronavirus

Guide for General Public to Prevent Pneumonia Caused by the Novel Coronavirus

Hubei Provincial Foreign Affairs Office February 4, 2020

Guide for General Public to Prevent Pneumonia Caused by the Novel Coronavirus

The pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus is a new disease. The general public should better protect themselves against this epidemic. In order to help international friends to acquire relevant knowledge of prevention, Hubei Provincial Foreign Affairs Office has compiled and translated this guide into multiple languages according to the Public Prevention Guide provided by the National Health Commission. The following is the Guide for General Public to Prevent Pneumonia Caused by the Novel Coronavirus.

Reduce outdoor activities

1. Avoid visiting areas where the disease is prevalent.

2. Make less visits to relatives and friends and have less get-togethers during the period of epidemic prevention and control, and stay at home as much as possible.

3. Try to avoid visits to crowded public places, especially places of poor ventilation, such as public bathrooms, hot springs, cinemas, internet bars, Karaokes, shopping malls, bus/train stations, airports, ferry terminals and exhibition centers, etc.

Personal protection and hand hygiene

1. Wear a mask when going out. A surgical or N95 mask shall be worn when you visit public places, go to the hospital or take public transportation.

2. Maintain hand hygiene. Avoid touching public objects and facilities. After returning from public places, covering your cough, using the restroom, and before meals, wash your hands with soap or liquid soap under running water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes when you are unsure whether your hands are clean or not. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when sneezing or coughing.

Health monitoring and seeking medical attention

1. Monitor the health conditions of you and your household members. Measure your temperatures when you feel like having a fever. If you have kid(s) at home, touch the kid’s forehead in the morning and at night. Measure the kid's temperature in case of fever.

2. Wear a mask and seek medical attention at nearby hospitals in case of suspicious symptoms. Go to the medical institution in a timely manner in case of the suspicious symptoms relating to the pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus. Such symptoms include fever, cough, pharyngalgia, chest distress, dyspnea, mildly poor appetite, fatigue, mild lethargy, nausea, diarrhea, headache, palpitation, conjunctivitis, mildly sore limb or back muscles, etc. Try to avoid taking the metro, bus and other public transportation and avoid crowded places. Tell the doctor your travel and residence history in epidemic areas, and who you met after you got the disease. Cooperate with your doctor on the relevant queries.

Keep good hygiene and health habits

1. Open the windows of your house frequently for better ventilation.

2. Do not share towels with your household members. Keep your home and tableware clean. Sun-cure your clothes and quilts often.

3. Do not spit. Wrap your oral and nasal secretion with tissue and throw it in a covered dustbin.

4. Balance your nutrition and exercise moderately.

5. Do not touch, buy or eat wild animals (gamey). Try to avoid visiting markets that sell live animals.

6. Prepare thermometer, surgical or N95 masks, domestic disinfectant and other supplies at home.





















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