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Last update 30.06.2020

Actions that reduce the risk of healthy people getting sick

Prevention measures against Covid-19 are similar to those for other acute upper respiratory tract infections: washing your hands frequently, especially after having been in contact with sick people or their surroundings, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, using disposable tissues when coughing and sneezing and washing your hands afterwards. 

Seriously evaluate the need of using public transport and visiting public places that are visited by many people (shops, public catering establishments, open-air recreation areas, etc.) as rarely as possible.

Strictly observe physical distancing: keep a distance of 2 meters from other people at all times. 


It is very important to thoroughly clean and disinfect all items and surfaces that are frequently touched by people, such as door handles, faucets, surfaces of walls and windows, toilet and bathroom surfaces, telephones, tablets, etc. For cleaning small surfaces, a 70% ethanol solution is recommended. All textile material (e.g. bed linen, towels, curtains, etc.) must be washed in a washing machine with detergent in a hot water cycle (90 °C). If you cannot wash your textiles in a hot water cycle due to the nature of the fabric, a detergent with a disinfectant effect (e.g. bleach or a detergent containing sodium hypochlorite) must be used. Laundry must be collected carefully in a separate bag without shaking it, in order to avoid infecting the rest of the laundry. Disposable cloths/sponges, wipes, or mops should be used for cleaning the surfaces and, once the room has been cleaned, the cleaning equipment must be cleaned and disinfected as well.

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