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10 Dos and Don’ts for COVID-19

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To reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Cambodia, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation have advised important recommendations to protect yourself and others from becoming infected with the virus.

So, we have compiled a list of 5 dos and 5 don’ts for you to follow:


Personal hygiene: You should always practice a standard level of personal hygiene. The Ministry Of Health (MoH) advises you to wash your hands with soap and use hand sanitiser often. They have also advised you to wear facemasks and use tissue paper or your arm to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.

Disinfectant: It is also recommended that everyday items are disinfected, this is to eliminate the small virus microbes that can live on surfaces for hours or even days, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Common objects that are highly contagious are phones, keyboards and computer mouse’s, door handles and elevator buttons.

Mental health: For many, this is an extremely stressful and anxious time. This can be especially true for those with an already diagnosed mental health condition. Hence, it is vital to keep communicating with your family and friends other via online tools and limit the use of alcohol or medication to relieve stress. If you are experiencing mental health issues contact someone you trust and discuss your problems.

Social distancing: If you must leave your house either for work or when buying essential items, please remember to keep your distance from other people. COVID-19 is extremely easy to transmit to people around you. So, to protect yourself and others you should remain at least 1.5 meters away from anybody and remove yourself from the room if someone is coughing or sneezing.

Self-quarantine: If you are unfortunate enough to come into direct contact with someone who has been confirmed with COVID-19, then you should self-quarantine for at least 14 days. However, if you do start to show symptoms during his period then it is recommended to alert health authorities for official testing immediately.


Don’t get in contact with infected people: Physical contact with an infected person will result in a very high chance of being infected yourself. If you suspect someone has the virus, you should leave the room and contact a health care professional to treat them

Don’t touch certain body areas: You should limit the number of times you touch your nose, mouth and eyes, according to the WHO, this because the virus is most easily transmitted through these areas. This is why hand washing is essential before eating and after blowing your nose.

Don’t touch public utilities: Direct contact with highly used everyday items such as public door handles, bannisters and elevator keypads should all be avoided. If you must come into contact with these items the MoU recommends using a tissue or cloth to provide a barrier, if do come into direct contact you should quickly sanitise your hands after use.

Don’t trust “fake news”: A lot of unreliable news and rumours have been spread about COVID-19. So, to avoid unnecessary stress and anxiety you should only trust official and reliable news sources and health authorities. In addition, you should not share any news that is not from these sources.

Don’t self-medicate: You should not take any medicine that is not prescribed by a medical professional, even if you have COVID-19 symptoms. If you believe you have been infected with COVID-19 you should immediately alert health care professionals to receive the correct course of treatment.

For more information regarding COVID-19, please call 115.

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