As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, many countries are put into quarantine to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus between people and reduce the number of infected. Self-isolation may be tough to get used to, but there are some basic rules and principles that we all need to follow to protect ourselves and those around us from spreading the disease.

Follow these simple rules during the quarantine to protect yourself from infecting with the virus:

  1. Stay at home. You can order groceries and all necessary living products through delivery services.
  2. Open the windows a couple of times a day to let some fresh air in.
  3. Wash your hands a lot during the day: before and after cooking, before and after you eat, and before and after every trip to the toilet. To wipe your hands, better use disposable wipes.
  4. When sneezing or coughing, use disposable wipes as well or sneeze into your elbow to prevent the spread of the virus.
  5. Do not forget to use hand sanitizers that contain alcohol.
  6. Try to clean and disinfect surfaces such as door handles, light switches, toilet and shower, bedside table, bed frame, and other furniture at least once a day.
  7. Change and wash bed linen no less than twice a week. Wash sheets, pillows, and blankets at a temperature of at least 65°C with an ordinary washing powder.
  8. Disposable items such as gloves, handkerchiefs, masks, and other waste must be thrown away into a designated bag. The bag should be properly tied before being thrown away.
  9. It is preferable to wash the dishes in the dishwasher at a temperature of at least 65°C. If you don’t have a dishwasher, you should wash the dishes in hot water with dishwashing soap, and also make sure that the dishes then dry thoroughly.

World Health Organization provided detailed instructions on how to wash your hands properly, so whenever in doubt, please be sure to use them. The organization also has a video tutorial on how to handwash:

And an informative video about the ways to protect oneself against the coronavirus disease: