What are the Ways of Protection?

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What are the Ways of Protection?

It is recommended not to travel abroad as much as possible. In cases where it is compulsory to go abroad, the following rules should be observed:

  • Attention should be paid to hand cleaning. Hands should be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be used when soap and water are not available. There is no need to use antiseptic or antibacterial soap, normal soap is sufficient.
  • Avoid contact with mouth, nose and eyes without washing hands.
  • Avoid contact with sick people (at least 1 m away if possible).
  • Hands should be cleaned frequently, especially after direct contact with sick people or their environment
  • Due to the high number of patients, health centers should not be visited if possible, and contact with other patients should be minimized when it is necessary to visit a health institution.
  • When coughing or sneezing, the nose and mouth should be covered with disposable tissue paper, if there is no tissue paper, the inside of the elbow should be used, if possible, crowded places should not be entered, if it is necessary to enter, the mouth and nose should be covered, and a medical mask should be used.
  • Eating raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Well-cooked foods should be preferred.
  • Areas of high risk for general infections, such as farms, livestock markets and areas where animals may be slaughtered, should be avoided.
  • If any respiratory symptoms occur within 14 days after the trip, the nearest health institution should be applied by wearing a mask, and the doctor should be informed about the travel history.

How is the diagnosis made?

Molecular tests required for the diagnosis of the new coronavirus are available in our country. Diagnostic testing is performed only in the National Virology Reference Laboratory of the General Directorate of Public Health and in designated Public Health Laboratories.

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