Preventive measures for Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

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How to do proper hand hygiene

To prevent the virus, you should follow the general protection measures:

Woman with mask

Wear the mask when the minimum safety distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained.

Hand washing

Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or solutions containing alcohol.

Tissue box

Use tissues and wash your hands immediately.

Glass of water

Avoid sharing food, utensils or other objects.

Recommendations for people who use face masks

For a proper use of the mask, the World Health Organisation advises the following:

  • Make sure it covers the mouth and nose and fits snugly, minimising any separation between the mask and the face.
  • Avoid touching the mask while you are wearing it.
  • When removing the mask, do not touch the front of it. Instead use the strap at the back. Once you have taken it off, wash your hands.
  • When the mask is wet, it should be replaced with a clean, dry one.
  • Disposable masks should be thrown away. They should not be recycled to save money, as they do not guarantee protection.

Tips to prevent skin problems caused by the use of masks

Can masks cause skin problems? Which ones?

How to prevent irritations caused by the mask?

Which masks cause fewer reactions on the skin?

How to prevent dry lips from the use of masks?

Can wearing a mask cause styes?

Substantiated information by:

Antoni Trilla
Eduard Vieta Pascual
Gema Maria Lledó Ibáñez
Jacobo Sellarés Torres
Josep M. Miró Meda
Josep Maria Peri
Maica Rubinat
Mariona Violan

Published: 12 March 2020
Updated: 12 March 2020

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