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Preventing Spread of Infection

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
  • pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:

     - before leaving home
     - on arrival at school
     - after using the toilet
     - after breaks and sporting activities
     - before food preparation
     - before eating any food, including snacks
     - before leaving school
     - use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
     - avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
     - avoid close contact with people who are unwell
     - clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
     - if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111.
       Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
     - see further information on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK  website.

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