COVID-19 Reduce your risk of Coronovirus infection

Protecting the Health of Our Residents & Home Staff

Seven simple steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19

Source WHO

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. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

We often touch our faces without noticing it. Be aware of this, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

3. Cover your cough

Make sure that you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with the bend of your elbow or with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the used tissue immediately into a closed bin and wash your hands.

4. Avoid crowded places and close contact with anyone that has fever or cough

Avoid crowded places, especially if you are over 60 or have an underlying health condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart and lung diseases or cancer. Maintain at least 1 metre of distance between yourself and anyone who has a fever or cough.

5. Stay at home if you feel unwell

Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with a slight fever and cough.

6. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early – but call first

If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early – if you can, call your hospital or health centre first so that they can tell you where you should go.

7. Get information from trusted sources

Stay informed about the latest information from about about COVID-19 from trusted sources. Make sure your information comes from reliable sources – your local or national public health agency, the World Health Organisation (WHO) website, or your local health professional. Everyone should know the symptoms – for most people, it starts with a fever and a dry cough.

Reduce your risk of coronavirus infection

How the virus is spread

It is believed that coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets.

You could be at risk of contracting the virus if you:

  • come into close contact with someone who has the virus and is coughing or sneezing
  • touch surfaces that someone who has the virus has coughed or sneezed on

Because it’s a new illness, it is not know how easily the virus spreads from person to person, or, if someone can spread the virus before they show symptoms.

How we as a community help prevent the spread of COVID-19

HSE advises:
  • wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
    – 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
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
  • dispose of used tissues into a bin and wash your hands with soap
  • follow the travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs if traveling to a country or region with a spread of coronavirus

Coronavirus COVID-19 Useful Resources

If you have recently travelled from an affected area or want information about Coronavirus, go to:

#COVID19 Information is also available from:

Please remind all family members that they can best protect themselves from COVID-19 by regular and vigorous hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene.

It is also worth noting that, as an EU member state, Ireland is following the advice of the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control).

Key Contact Numbers

HSE helpline by phone for advice – Call save 1850 24 1850

PUBLIC HEALTH OOH 0818 501 999

HSE East: 01 635 2145
HSE Midwest: 061 483 338
HSE Northwest: 071 985 2900
HSE South: 021 492 7601
HSE Midlands: 057 935 9891
HSE Northeast: 046 907 6412
HSE Southeast: 056 778 4142
HSE West: 091 775 200