Coronavirus: Maintain 1 metre distance from people – WHO

Novel Coronavirus advice for the public

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is recommending that people maintain a distance of at least 1 metre between themselves and other people in its latest advice for the public related to the new virus from China.

The WHO published a list of basic protective measures against the new coronavirus.

What is the WHO’s advice?

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Practice respiratory hygiene
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
  • If you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel history to or within China
  • Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products

“When someone who is infected with a respiratory disease, like 2019-nCoV, coughs or sneezes they project small droplets containing the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus,” said the WHO. It is recommending that people maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between themselves and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.

Another possible case of coronavirus in Malta was reported but medical tests confirmed the patient was not positive to the virus. Superintendent for Public Health, Dr Charmaine Gauci confirmed with that a second patient tested negative to coronavirus.

Till today in Malta, only two medical tests were carried out on two people who were in China in the last 14 days. Dr Charmaine Gauci also confirmed with that these two people were suffering from symptoms similar to coronavirus.

The outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus originating in the central Chinese city of Wuhan has led the World Health Organisation to declare a global health emergency. As typically happens when such outbreaks manifest themselves, stories fly fast as a degree of fear takes hold, and it’s not always easy to tell apart the myths from the truth.