1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouthGerms can enter your body through your eyes, nose and mouth, hence it’s super important to avoid touching them with unwashed hands! Avoiding touching your face in general can also be helpful to reduce the overall risk of getting infected.
3. Practice good hygiene when sneezing or coughing
4. Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose
5. Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked meatsMake sure that your food is fully-cooked, and be careful when handling raw meat or similar food products to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods.
6. Practice general hygiene measures when visiting wet markets, animal product markets or when encountering with live animalsAs a general precaution, ensure regular handwashing with soap and water after touching animal products and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands. The WHO also advises washing your hands after touching live animals and to avoid contact with sick animals or spoiled animal products. Strictly avoid any contact with other animals in the market (e.g., stray cats and dogs, rodents, birds, bats). To note, the government of Singapore advises those travelling overseas to avoid going near live animals, including poultry and birds, altogether. When travelling through airports and on planes
7. Bring anti-bacterial wipes to wipe down your seat area
8. Bring an alcohol-based hand sanitiser to keep your hands clean
9. Make sure to clean and sanitise your hands prior to eatingIf you’re enjoying an inflight meal, clean your hands prior to eating or handling your food (or before you eat any meal while you’re travelling, for that matter!)
10. Wear a mask if you’re unwell or as an added layer of precaution during your flight
- Washing or sanitising your hands before putting it on
- Covering your nose and mouth and ensuring there are no gaps between the mask and your face
- Avoid touching your mask while using it
- Removing the mask from behind (using the ear elastics and not touching the mask itself) and disposing of as soon as it becomes damp, followed by cleaning your hands.