Coronavirus Prevention: Tips From Italy on How To Protect Yourself

Coronavirus Prevention

True, this should be a site dedicated to travel in Italy. But right now, since Italy is one of the most affected countries in the world by Coronavirus (COVID-19), we decided to write a post dedicated to coronavirus prevention.

We hope that our experience of these days can help other countries in the world that still have to experience a large scale coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus Prevention: how the virus is spread

The coronavirus is an invisible threat. Anyone close to us could be affected and even be a healthy carrier.
Coronavirus is a new virus, and we are still learning how it works. For this reason, it is essential to follow some basic rules of hygiene and prevention.

To protect yourself from the Coronavirus (COVID-19), you must first think about how it spreads.

The coronavirus spreads mainly through droplets, of saliva, for example, which can be spread in the air through sneezing or coughing.

These drops can infect you through your nose, mouth, but also your eyes. So, even if you touch a contaminated surface and then take your hands to your nose or mouth, you are at risk of infection.

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Coronavirus Prevention: dos and don’ts

So, now that you know the primary way the coronavirus is transmitted, how can you protect yourself from the coronavirus?

What to do

Wash your hands

Wash your hands carefully and as frequently as possible. Please follow the instructions in this video from the World Health Organization (WHO)

Keep your distance

Social distancing is vital to reduce and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Always keep a distance of at least one meter (ideally 1.82 meters, about 6 feet) between you and other people around you. This advice always applies, for example, when queuing at the supermarket, in a restaurant or bar and while practicing sport.

Also, avoid kisses, shaking hands, or hugging each other.

Take a look at this other video from World Health Organization

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Coronavirus Prevention: How to help slow down the spread

Stay at Home

For as long as possible.

Cover Your Mouth

When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with the bend of your elbow. Don’t do it on your hands.

Use disposable tissues

And throw them away immediately after use.


Disinfect objects or surfaces that you frequently touch with alcohol.

Use Masks

If you go outside, always wear protective masks.

Avoid Social Contacts

Avoid unnecessary social contacts as much as possible: restaurant, bar, aperitif, parties, concerts, and crowded places, especially indoors. Also, invite your friends and acquaintances to behave correctly.

Do not touch

Your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Do not share

Objects such as cups, cutlery, bottles that you have touched with your mouth.

Do not shake hands

Avoid shaking hands, hugging or kissing people you meet

If you have symptoms – such as fever above 37.5 degrees, sore throat, sore muscles and bones, cough, breathlessness – isolate yourself for 14 days.

When to wash your hands

Wash Your Hands

After you have coughed or sneezed

Wash Your Hands

Always before and after cooking and eating

Wash Your Hands

Before and after getting on public transport

Wash Your Hands

If you have been in contact with someone who has obvious symptoms such as fever or difficulty breathing

Wash Your Hands

After touching the garbage

Wash Your Hands

Before smoking a cigarette

Wash Your Hands

Before you go to the bathroom and afterward

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Coronavirus Prevention: Are the masks useful?

Coronavirus Prevention Masks

Initially, it was said that the use of masks was only useful for coronavirus infected people and medical staff.
The masks, in fact, block the spread of droplets, so their main use is to avoid infecting other people.
However, since many people have mild or even no symptoms, it is useful for everyone to wear them, especially if you are in a public place or at work.

Coronavirus Prevention: protect your loved ones who are most at risk

Who are the people most at risk?

  1. Elderly people
  2. Immunosuppressed people
  3. People who suffer a long-term medical condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, lung disease, high blood pressure.

Coronavirus Prevention Eelderly People

People over 65 should stay at home as much as possible and avoid crowded places such as bars or venues.

It is advisable to minimize visits to relatives and grandparents, in particular, if your children still go to school or if they meet friends for recreational and sports activities.

Immunosuppressed people may be more likely to get an infection, and the virus could seriously attack their lungs.

Immunosuppressed people include people:

  • with cancer
  • with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, HIV…
  • who have undergone an organ or marrow transplant

Call your doctor or the emergency numbers if you have any symptoms of coronavirus and are worried.

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Need Help?

We are at your disposal for any tips or information about our Country and the coronavirus situation in Italy.

Do not hesitate to contact us.

We are more than happy to assist you.

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