Coronavirus in Japan: Tips for Staying Healthy

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Coronavirus in Japan: Tips for Staying Healthy

2020-02-18
By now, we are all aware that coronavirus (officially named COVID-19) is a growing concern around the world and in Japan especially. Recently, the Japanese government has called for residents of Tokyo to avoid crowded trains at rush hour and work from home if possible, as well as to refrain from large gatherings. Public elementary, middle and high schools will also be temporarily closed beginning in March. 
 
In addition to these suggestions, 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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