Guidelines for staying safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

As the coronavirus has reached the Seychelles and continue to spread throughout the world, more people are being advised or have taken it upon themselves to self-isolate while the relevant authorities are doing all they can to protect everyone’s health. While there is yet to be a cure for the virus, we can all play a role in slowing down the spread.

Protect yourself and those around you by:

  • Avoiding physical contact when and as much as you can.
  • Keeping distance between you and others when in crowded places. In fact, try to avoid crowded places altogether.
  • Avoiding contact with those who are visibly ill.

Everybody should apply the following hygiene measures:

  • If you have flu-like symptoms, stay at home.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Sneeze and blow your nose in a tissue handkerchief. Use each tissue only once and throw it away immediately in a covered rubbish bin.
  • You don’t have a tissue? Sneeze or cough into your elbow.

Remember to call 141 and report your symptoms. Do not go to the waiting room or the emergency department. The doctor will determine by telephone whether you should self isolate or should go to hospital.

While it is important to plan ahead in case you need to isolate for 14 days, it is equally  important to not panic and stockpile. It is these trying times that require everybody  to behave responsibly and think about others; Buying more than is needed can sometimes mean others will be left without, others that may need it more than you.

Stay responsible, stay safe

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