Protect yourself and others around you by sticking to the following three principles, recommended by government.
Why is social distancing important?
People who cough or sneeze can spray small droplets from their nose or mouth. These droplets may contain the virus and can be transferred if you are physically too close to them. You can also breathe in the droplets.
Social distancing is one of the measures strongly recommended by Government in order to combat COVID-19. This includes limiting visits to shopping centres to only buying essential goods while making sure that you should maintain a distance of at least 1,5 meters from other people. If possible, work from home and avoid social gatherings such as family visits. But during this time it is important to continue finding alternative ways to connect with your loved ones, as your emotional wellness is just as important as your physical well-being.
- Don’t touch your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue and dispose of used tissues straight away.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 to 70 per cent alcohol, but rather wash your hands with soap and water.
Any surface at home should first be cleaned with soap or detergent and water (excluding your household electronics). Then use a disinfectant product such as bleach which can be diluted.
Tip: Don’t wipe the disinfectant product off as soon as it is applied to a surface, but rather wait for a few minutes before wiping the surface. It is also important to take note of the directions to use to avoid damaging items such as mobile phones, keyboards and other electronic devices.
Government will continually lay down new guidelines regarding the restriction of movement in terms of the applicable stages or levels. This will include travelling to different provinces or day-to-day travelling, for example going to work. In order to stay updated you are recommended to visit their official website: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/category/press-releases-and-notices/
Restriction of movement in a nutshell–
- Try to work from home if possible.
- Avoid using public transport. Also discourage gardeners, au pairs or domestic workers from traveling using a taxi, bus or train.
- Do not invite people to your home and don’t visit others.
- Do not go to the shops, pharmacy or other businesses unless it's really essential.