How to protect against coronavirusWe can all do a lot to reduce the risk of being infected or spreading the virus.
There is currently also an influenza outbreak, and many of the same measures we can take will prevent the spread of both coronavirus and influenza. Trondheim municipality recommend that everyone take extra care to ensure that they have good hand hygiene in order to stay healthy during the time ahead.
The vast majority of those who become infected with coronavirus do not become seriously ill. However, many children can become frightened when they hear about coronavirus. It’s important that you talk to your children and give them fact-based information about the illness and teach them good hand hygiene. It’s also important to keep children at home if they are ill in order to prevent the virus from spreading. If coronavirus is suspected, the child should be kept at home for 14 days or for as long as the doctor recommends. If your family is healthy and has been in contact with a person who has a confirmed case of the illness, you should phone the municipality’s coronavirus information hotline (90 50 90 52 from 9 am until 8 pm).
If your family has been on holiday in an area where there has been persistent coronavirus contagion, you should check for any symptoms for 14 days following your stay and contact your regular GP or the Accident and Emergency Department (116117) if there are symptoms. The symptoms of the illness are the same as those for other respiratory illnesses: fever, coughing, chest pain and breathing difficulties.
How to Stay Healthy
● Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, especially when you have been out in areas with a lot of people and before eating. Washing with soap and water or using a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol will be sufficient.
● Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands when you are out among other people in public. Bear in mind that mobile phones can also be sources of contagion.
● Limit close contact with people who are ill. You should wear a face mask if you need to be in direct contact with someone who is ill.
● We do not recommend that children wear face masks. Face masks are often used incorrectly and people who wear face masks touch their faces more often, which can increase the risk of virus transmission.
What Should You Do If You Get Sick?
● If you have contracted a respiratory infection and might have been in contact with a person infected with coronavirus, you must contact your regular GP or call Legevakt (116117) to make an appointment for further follow-up. It’s important that you call first in order to prevent you from appearing in person and infecting others in the waiting room.
● Stay at home from work, studies and similar activities if you are ill.
● Limit contact with other people and maintain a distance of at least one metre from healthy people.
● Cover your mouth with disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing in order to protect others. Throw away the used tissue and wash your hands. Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow if you have no tissues available.
● Use a face mask in situations where more people can come into close contact with you, for example if you are spending time with other people or need to leave the home. Facts About Coronavirus
● The coronavirus is called SARS-CoV-2 and causes the outbreak of the illness COVID-19.
● Respiratory infections are spread through the transfer of viruses or bacteria from the airways of a person who is ill or infected to another person. It’s assumed that the means of infection is through droplets and contact.
● The majority of those infected will most likely have respiratory symptoms that subside on their own, while some who are infected may contract a more serious illness that includes pneumonia, among other things.
● Serious illnesses and fatalities are most often seen in the elderly and patients with underlying illnesses.
● There is currently no existing medication or vaccine against the new coronavirus.
● Although a great deal remains unknown about the illness, it’s assumed that the illness is not highly contagious before the onset of symptoms. Trondheim municipality follows the advice of the national authorities. You can contact the municipality’s coronavirus information hotline on 90 50 90 52 during ordinary office hours if you are wondering about anything. If you suspect that you or your family may be infected, you can contact Legevakt on 116 117, 24 hours a day. You can also find more information on the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s website www.fhi.no.
We will also update Trondheim municipality’s website www.trondheim.kommune.no if there are any changes to our advice and guidance.
Sist oppdatert: 28.03.2020