Stay at home! The most important goal at the moment is to interrupt the chain of infection and limit the spread of the virus. That is why our social life has been largely shut down: closed schools, day-care centres and shops - no visits to the cinema, playground or restaurant.
The following basic rules also apply:
- Avoid shaking hands, wash your hands thoroughly and keep your distance - according to experts, at least 1.5 metres.
- The so-called coughing and sneezing “etiquette” should also be observed. When coughing or sneezing, keep at least one metre away from other people and turn away from them.
- It is best to use a disposable handkerchief - only use once and then dispose of it in a trash can with a lid. If a cloth handkerchief is used, it should then be washed at 60 ° C.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.
- If no handkerchief is at hand, you can sneeze into the crook of your arm.
Disinfectants are a good support when washing hands. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) writes:
“For chemical disinfection you should use agents with proven effectiveness, e.g. ones labelled 'limited virucidal' (effective against enveloped viruses), 'limited virucidal PLUS' or 'virucidal'.”
In general, we recommend the measures that are normally advisable for infectious diseases. Acute sufferers should, if possible, stay at home to recover, so that the virus is not spread further.