Last updated: 1st April 2020
We recommend you follow best practice government guidelines which include:
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are not well.
- Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.
- Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.
- Follow the travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs.
- Wash your hands properly and often. You should wash your hands:
- after coughing or sneezing
- after toilet use
- before eating
- before and after preparing food
- if you are in contact with a sick person, especially those with respiratory symptoms
- if your hands are dirty
- if you have handled animals or animal waste
We can all maximise the effectiveness of these efforts by adhering to and carrying out all instructions related to precautionary measures for handwashing technique. If you don’t already know, the step by step process is:
- Clean your hands.
- Use soap and water or alcohol hand rub to clean your hands regularly.
- How to wash your hands with soap and water.
- Wet your hands with warm water and apply soap.
- Rub your hands together until the soap forms a lather.
- Rub the top of your hands, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
- Do this for 20 seconds – singing Happy Birthday TWICE is the length of time.
- Rinse your hands under running water.
- Dry your hands with a clean towel or paper towel.
For the latest information related to the outbreak, the following links are helpful:
- Easy-read COVID-19 guidelines
- Department of Foreign Affairs regarding Travel Advice
- Health and Safety Authority
- Pobal – Information & Resources