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About COVID-19
Basic Personal Hygiene & Personal Protective Equipment
Basic Hygiene Standards
Occupational Safety & Health
Safe Hygiene
Physical Distancing
Enhanced Cleaning
Communication Strategy

Basic personal hygiene during COVID-19

The recommendations for basic personal hygiene apply to anyone regardless of occupation and apply to personal as well as professional aspects of daily life.


Assuring a high level of basic personal hygiene is the most effective way to minimize the risk of getting infected with COVID-19.

  • Always recognize and follow all applicable general health and safety procedures, at work and during leisure time.
  • Regularly and thoroughly wash hands with soap and water (minimum for 20 seconds) or clean hands with an alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol or virucide) hand rub.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid handshaking.
  • Follow good respiratory hygiene: covering mouth and nose with bent elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid passing on or touching items or objects.
  • After touching items or objects clean hands following hygiene standards and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Always maintain at least 1.5-metres distance between persons (except for persons belonging to the same household).