There are things you can do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading.
• Wash your hands often using soap and water. Alcohol-based hand sanitiser gel (containing at least 60% alcohol) can be used if soap and water are not available, but is not a substitute for hand washing
• When sneezing or coughing ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it!’
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands)
immediately throw used tissues in the bin
wash your hands
• Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
• do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness. You'll need to stay in isolation away from other people until you've recovered.
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