In the months since the novel coronavirus rose from a regional crisis to a global threat, governments of the world along with health organizations have been working to contain the spread of the virus, taking precautionary measures and promoting awareness about preventive habits.

As our country ramps up efforts to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. It is important for each individual to stay informed about the preventive measures and follow guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation and the Government of India.

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus:

1. Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water

2. Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

4. Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

5. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.