Answer Bank: What to do if there is an outbreak in your community
By She Jingwei

Public concern has arisen over COVID-19 patients in their communities due to people around the world being asked to stay indoors, practice social distancing and avoid crowds amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The outbreak of COVID-19 could last for a long time in your community. Depending on the pandemic's severity, public health officials from across the globe may recommend community actions designed to help keep people healthy, reduce exposure to COVID-19 and slow the spread of the disease.

Previously, Xinhua reported that over one third of housing communities in China's Wuhan did not have COVID-19 cases thanks to the severe control and prevention work done by the local community. In addition to this, efforts from local residents also count.

Putting preventive measures into effect in your community is of great importance. The following  steps could help slow the virus' spread.

1. If you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, it's recommended that you stay home from work, school and all other activities, and keep away from people who are sick.
2. Get up-to-date information about local COVID-19 activity from public health officials.
3. Continue practicing everyday preventive actions during home isolation.
4. Notify your workplace if your regular work schedule changes.
5. Stay in touch with others by phone or e-mail.

At present, a global effort is required to tackle the spread of COVID-19 and every one of us needs to take good care of ourselves and others.

(Cover image designed by Sa Ren)