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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, preferably with soap and water. Only 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:

   o before leaving home

   o on arrival at school

   o after using the toilet o after breaks and sporting activities

   o before food preparation

   o before eating any food, including snacks

   o before leaving school

 if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol

 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, and feel you or they may be at risk, please telephone your GP for advice. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment