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How is the infection spread?

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  • Droplets containing the virus are spread from the mouth of infected individuals. when they cough, sneeze or talk.
  • Droplets travel approximately 1 m from the infected person and can enter someone standing close by, or contaminate any nearby surface they come in contact with. 

How to respond


  • Frequently wash your hands with soap during the day.
  • The soap needs to foam and be applied thoroughly for about 30 sec before rinsing with water. Don’t forget thumbs, wrists and between fingers.
    • Use hand sanitisers where soap washing is not possible. They should contain at least 60% alcohol.  
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Keep a social distance of at least 1 m from other people especially if they are displaying symptoms.
    • Consider alternative greetings to handshakes or hugs, perhaps a warm smile and a compassionate “hello”.
    • If you cough or sneeze, do so in your flexed elbow or paper tissue that you discard in a closed bin.



  • Keep hand sanitisers in obvious places, and urge people to use them:
      • In toilets
      • By hymnals and bibles
      • By piano
  • Sanitise surfaces regularly with >60% alcohol
      • Door handles
      • Rails
      • Table surfaces, etc.
  • Potlucks and Communion (difficult to maintain good hygiene)
      • Evaluate how important it is
      • Have someone serve others. Do not share utensils
      • Regard glasses and utensils as contaminated afterwards and clean accordingly

Follow the regularly updated recommendations of health authorities in your respective countries.

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