The new coronavirus Covid-19 is much in the news. But there are straightforward steps that everyone can take to help reduce risk and slow the spread of viruses, as shown below on our multilingual Coronavirus prevention poster.
Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. Coronaviruses, such as COVID-19 and the common cold, can be spread via droplets which land on these shared surfaces such as train handles. Some research has even shown that those using public transport are more likely to pick up an acute respiratory infection.
This makes good hand hygiene essential. Make sure that you wash your hands after using public transport and do not touch your face or bite your nails while travelling. In particular, wash your hands when you arrive at work or back home, and don’t go to work at all if you are sick to decrease the chance of passing a virus to your co-workers.
To help yourself and colleagues remember these simple steps, WorldAccent Translation have produced a free multilingual Coronavirus prevention poster.
You can print this poster for your workplace or building’s entrance. The first page of the PDF provides the information prominently in English but also translated into French, Spanish, Polish, Simplified Chinese and Japanese while the second page shows the same but translated into German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Arabic. Taken together, these languages have more than 2.5 billion native speakers worldwide according to authoritative resource Ethnologue with many more people speaking one of them as a second language. Closer to home, Polish is the main language of almost two per cent of London’s residents.
So remember… to protect yourself and others:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
- Bin the tissue. To kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If you have travelled from a higher risk area within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus COVID-19.
In the UK, the government provides online advice, updated daily, including which countries are considered high risk and the wider situation – Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice
The NHS and other public health authorities provide advice on how you can help stop the spread of viruses, including coronaviruses, by practicing good respiratory and hand hygiene. Their “Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.” campaign has been running for some years and its advice on halting the spread of viruses and other illness is more relevant today than ever.
- CATCH IT – Always carry tissues and use them to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
- BIN IT – Dispose of used tissues as soon as possible.
- KILL IT – Clean your hands with soap and water as soon as you can and make sure you wash them frequently. If you have no washing facilities, make use of an alcohol gel.
You can download, print and share our coronavirus and hand hygiene posters…
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