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Coronavirus in Japan: Healthcare Tips

2020-02-18
As coronavirus (COVID-19) news and guidance from the government evolves, it's more important than ever that you take care of your health! If you are feeling unwell, please remember that the sooner you are able to communicate with parents, the sooner they will be able to find alternative childcare. You do not want to risk spreading anything to children or their families or making your own illness worse by taking on jobs while you're sick. DO NOT take on new jobs or go to existing jobs if you are not feeling well. We would rather have you cancel than risk spreading illness. 
 
We've compiled below tips from the World Health Organization for staying healthy in light of COVID-19 and during cold and flu season in general. Check out the WHO page for additional resources on coping with stress, food safety and travel tips.
 
1. Wash Your Hands Frequently
It's a simple step that helps to easily eliminate any COVID-19 virus or other germs you've picked up while commuting or walking around. You should wash for at least 30 seconds (sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice in a row to keep time!) after using the bathroom, before eating, after touching railings, train handles and the like, and at regular intervals throughout the day. 
 
2. Maintain Distance Between Other People
While you don't need to avoid people entirely, taking a ride on the crowded Denentoshi line isn't advisable if you can avoid it. Keeping about a meter between you and others ensures you're farther away from virus or germs if someone sneezes or coughs around you.
 
3. Cover Your Mouth
If you're the one coughing or sneezing, be sure your mouth is covered. If you're not wearing a mask, cough or sneeze into your elbow, NOT your hand (as that's likelier to spread germs).
 
4. Don't Touch Your Eyes, Nose or Mouth
If you do have any germs on your hands, touching your face can easily spread them and cause infection.
 
5. Visit a Medical Professional for Respiratory Issues
If you have a fever, cough or trouble breathing, seek out medical care. The Japanese government has also recently released guidelines for what to do if you think you may have contracted the virus.
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