How to keep the virus at bay when you leave the house

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UNICEF Indonesia has shared some tips on staying safe when you venture outside during the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you have to go out, it is recommended that you wear a jacket or other long-sleeve top and a mask, use a tissue to touch surfaces and discard the tissue afterwards, opt for cashless payments and maintain a 1-metre distance from other people.

You should also refrain from touching your face until your hands are clean, avoid public transportation if possible and go without accessories. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth with your elbow.

After touching any object or surface, always wash your hands properly with soap and running water or alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

When you get home, make sure to immediately take off your footwear and clothes.

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that clothes worn outside should be washed immediately with the warmest appropriate water along with high-quality detergent, as quoted by the South China Morning Post.

If you do not have the time to promptly wash your clothes, it is advisable to store the clothes in a clean bag or hamper until laundry day. Clean and disinfect the hampers and bags after they are emptied.

Wallets, bags and keys are to be put in a separate box near the entrance door, while glasses and smartphones should be cleaned with disinfectant.

You should also take a shower straight away before touching any surface in your home to prevent further contamination.

If that's not feasible, clean any surface of your skin that has been exposed to outside weather.

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