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What can I do to stop coronavirus spreading?

Geplaatst op: 13 februari 2020

Een Nederlandse vertaling staat hier.

The Dutch government has taken measures to combat the coronavirus as effectively as possible. Some of those measures are on a large scale, like closing all the schools and cancelling public events.

But the government also calls on you to help combat COVID-19. These are the rules:

  • Work from home if possible.
  • Stay inside as much as you can.
  • Limit social contacts as much as possible.
  • Keep at least 1,5 meters distance between you and other people.

Residents who are older or are vulnerable because of their immune system also need to:

  • Avoid public transport.
  • Limit visits and visitors as much as possible.

Do you have a cold, a cough, a sore throat or a fever?

  • Stay at home. Do not go to work.
  • Avoid social contacts.
  • Contact your doctor if your symptoms worsen.

Please visit www.rijksoverheid.nl/coronavirus for more information or call 0800-1351.

A few simple recommendations that reduce the chance of infection

Your best weapon against coronavirus is your own immune system. So try to take good care of your health. This means following the same advice as in other situations. This advice is available from various sources, including jouwggd.nl.

There are also a few simple recommendations that reduce the chance of infection:

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Don’t shake hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
  • Use paper tissues and discard them after single use.

What do you need to do if you have…

No symptoms?

  • Work from home if possible.
  • Stay inside as much as you can.
  • Limit social contacts as much as possible.
  • Keep at least 1,5 meters distance between you and other people.

Do you have (mild) cold-like symptoms?

If you have (mild) cold-like symptoms such as sneezing, sore throat, runny nose, mild coughing or a low-grade fever, the following measures applies:

  • Stay at home. Do not go to work.
  • Avoid social contacts.
  • Contact your doctor if your symptoms worsen.

Don’t forget:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow
  • Don’t shake hands
  • Use paper tissues

Do you have travel plans?

For a number of regions a negative travel advice (code red) has been issued. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) advises against all non-essential travel. The aim of this advice is to prevent further infection. If you have booked a trip then you should contact your travel organisation.

Follow this link to access the latest travel advice.

You can find more information about what to do if you think you have coronavirus here. Once you have no longer had any symptoms for 24 hours then it’s safe for you to go to work again.

Are there any infections with the coronavirus in my municipality?

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) maintains a map of infections at their website. You can find the map on this page.

I have more questions!

The most recent information is available on the website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). You can also follow the latest developments relating to coronavirus on the RIVM’s social media channels: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Would you prefer to speak to someone?
If you have questions about the virus and how to avoid infection, then call the national information line 0800 1351.

If you live in the province of Groningen and have questions about your own health or about the situation in Groningen, then you can call our information line on 050 367 4000.