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People all over the world have been fighting for a long-lasting battle against corona virus since the end of 2019.The launch of new vaccine has lighted up the hope of preventing COVID-19 although anti-infection has been part of our daily life as a new normal in our society. However, we are yet to see the end of the tunnel. You should continue to protect yourself and your family and help the society to battle COVID-19 and get back to normal life.
 
Wearing mask

It has been proved that wearing a mask is one of the most effective ways for limiting the spread of COVID-19. Do mask up in public areas both in-door or out-door. You should learn more about choosing an appropriate maskand the correct way of wear mask e.g. practice hands hygiene before wearing and after removing a mask.
 
Washing hands frequently

Virus can damage the organs once it enters our body. The simplest precaution we can do is always keep hand hygiene and avoid touching mouth, nose and eyes with hands through which virus could enter our body. Sanitize hands with alcohol-based handrub or wet-wipe after touching elevator buttons, handrail, door handles, covering your cough or sneeze and even shopping outside and taking public transports. If there is handwashing facility around, wash and rub your hands with soap and water right away for 20 seconds, then dry with tissue or towel. When you are home, you may apply some hand cream after washing hands.
 
Keep the environment and clothes clean

Virus spread ragingly. It is very important to practice good hygiene at home. Clean all the surface around with detergent. If needed, clean them with disinfectant or diluted bleach (use 1 in 99 water, that is, 50ml of household bleach into 4950ml of water). To avoid virus spreading, you are also advised to pour 1/2L water into all the pipes at home weekly to make sure the U-traps contain sufficient water.

Furthermore, always keeps clothes clean to avoid bringing bacteria and virus home. As you know, you cannot help being exposed to bacteria and virus on the street. Hence, you should take off the mask, glasses and gloves, etc, immediately when you return home and handle all of them properly. Clothes, scarfs, bags and shoes have to be sanitized with spraying alcohol and put the clothes into the washing machine at once. Doing all of these can help your home safe from virus.
 
Drink and exercise more

The simplest way to keep healthy in pandemic is to drink a lot of waterand keep doing exercise constantly.
 
Sufficient water intake can efficiently help blood transit nutrition and oxygen and flush out hormone, toxin and metabolic waste.

Daily intake of 7 to 8 cups of water is suggested for adult to meet the liquid balance in our physical body. Liquor like, water, drinks and soup are included. And you should keep doing exercise constantly at home. There are a lot of exercises and simple sports,you can do during the commercial break in between TV programmes to relax your muscles.
 
Keep social distancing

Many people infected by the virus have no obvious symptoms at the early stage, thus, don’t know they are carriers. We should reduce social contact and gathering, especially avoid going to dinners and having drinks when masks would be taken off. Keep at least 1 meter distance with others in the queue or meeting. Use serving chopsticks and spoons and avoid crowded places. Perhaps you can also take this opportunity to do more cooking at home and enjoy some new dishes.
 
Seek medical advice if feeling unwell

Seek medical advice promptly if feeling unwell, even if the symptoms are mild.

Diseases Clinical symptoms Incubation period Ways of spreads
COVID-19 Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, cough up yellow and green sputum, 7 to 14 days direct contact with respiratory droplets, contagion and infected by animals.
Pneumonia Fever, cough, sore throat, 7 to 28 days direct contact with respiratory droplets
SARS Cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, diarrhea, fever 2 to 7 days
Influenza Runny nose, sneezing, cough,. High fever, muscle ache, diarrhea, vomiting 1 to 4 days Cough, sneezing and respiratory droplets and direct contact with mucus of the patients
Cold / Flu Congestion, sore throat, fauces discomfort 1 days Droplets and direct contact with patient’s mucus


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Senior peoples should stay at home as far as possible

If it is not necessary, seniors should avoid going out and consider asking families or friends to help with shopping daily necessities. They should also keepdoing exercise at home to stay healthy and improve immunity system.
 
Keep a record of your whereabouts

Record your whereabouts, like the license plate number of the taxi you took, photo the places you have been to. It can help with the tracing work. You can also record your daily schedule with “Leave Home Safe” app. (Download)
 
Test to protect yourself and others
o protect yourself and your family, get tested if you consider you are at high risk of infection or worried of being infected. The Government has offered 7 ways for the public to do the virus
  • Paid testing
  1. Pre-booking for testing at 9 community testing centers
Maximum charge: $240
  1. Get tested in 18 institutions recognized by Department of Health, Hong Kong SAR Government(check the list here)
Maximum charge: $1,000-over $2,000
 
The tests listed above are for those who required a health code for entering China and Macau. 
 
  • Free-of-charge testing
  1. Get specimen pack from 47 designated General Out-patient Clinics of the Hospital Authority.
  2. Get specimen pack from 121 post office and return the pack to 47 designated General Out-patient Clinics.(Learn more details)
  3. Request a specimen pack when seeking medical advice from private doctors. Department of Health provides free-of-charge service for COVID-19 test to private doctors.
  4. Get tested in mobile specimen collection stations (no booking required). (Learn more details)
  5. Collect specimen from automatic distribution machine in the unpaid area in 10 designated MTR stations including Ngau Tau Kok, Kwai Fong, North Point, Tiu Keng Leng, Wong Chuk Hang, Tai Wai, Tai Po Market, Siu Hong, Kowloon and Tsing Yi.(Please refer tothe website of MTRfor updated information)
 
 
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