Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
What you need to know about the virus to protect you and your family
Everyone is talking about coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and everywhere you look there’s information on the virus and how to protect yourself from it. Knowing the facts is key to being properly prepared and protecting yourself and your loved ones. Sadly, there’s a lot of information out there that is incorrect. Misinformation during a health crisis leaves people unprotected and vulnerable to the disease and spreads fear and stigmatization.
Be sure to get your facts from reliable sources, like UNICEF and the World Health Organization. UNICEF is working with global health experts around the clock to provide accurate information. Information you can trust is grounded in the latest scientific evidence. We’ll continue to provide the latest updates, explainers for parents and teachers, and resources for media as new information becomes available, so check back to stay informed of the best ways to protect yourself and your family.
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Reduce the risk of new type coronavirus infection:
- Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based solutions
- Cover your mouth and nose with a napkin or the fold of your elbow when coughing and sneezing. Immediately discard the used towel and wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your face with your hands (mouth, nose, eyes)
- Keep the social distance of at least 1.5 m: avoid shaking hands, hugging or kissing people, changing food, utensils, cups, and towels
- Avoid, direct contact with anyone who shows symptoms of cold or flu
- Ask for medical care if you have fever, difficulty to breathe
- Clean the surfaces in your home that could come in contact with the virus and generally clean the surfaces more often (especially in the public spaces)
- Cook well the meat and eggs
- Avoid unprotected contact with live animals (wild or domestic)