COVID-19

How to protect yourself and others against COVID-19

Government of Nepal Ministry of Health and Population, WHO and UNICEF
17 March 2020
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For information about coronavirus, call the Ministry of Health and Population's toll-free hotline number 1115, available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

or call 9851255839, 9851255837, 9851255834 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Fever (100.4°F and higher)

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Difficulty in breathing

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Cough


How to protect yourself and others from COVID-19?

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Clean hands with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer

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Cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow

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Avoid close contact with anyone with a cold or flu-like symptoms

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Avoid close contact with those who show signs of flu

      

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Thoroughly cook meat and eggs


Preventive measures to be taken at home for first 14 days by travelers who have returned from countries where COVID-19 is circulating

Leave home only to seek medical care:
You should restrict activities outside your residence, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transportation or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people in your house:
Do not share your room. Stay separately from other people in the house. Use a separate bathroom as far as possible.

Do not share household items:
Do not share your utensils, drinking glasses, cups, plates, towels, bedding or other items with other people in the house. Wash your belongings thoroughly with soap and water after use.

Wash your hands regularly:
Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available and if your hands are not visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with dirty hands.

Cover your mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing:
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or flexed elbow while coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues in a trash can which can be closed and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Wear a face mask:
Wear a face mask when you are in the same room with other people or while visiting a healthcare provider. If you cannot wear a mask, the people who live with you should wear one while they are in the same room with you.

Monitor your symptoms:
Seek immediate medical help if your illness worsens within these 14 days (e.g., diffi culty in breathing, increase in body temperature more than 100.4 °Fahrenheit). Inform the health worker that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19 infection. Continue wearing a clean face mask. This will help the healthcare provider in preventing other people from getting infected.


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