- Frequently perform hand hygiene by washing hands thoroughly (including between fingers and finger nails) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or by using a hand sanitizer comprising 70% alcohol, if hands are not visibly soiled, especially after direct contact with ill persons or their environment;
- Persons displaying cold and flu like symptoms (coughing, sneezing) should avoid public spaces and should stay away from work until all symptoms have disappeared. Where possible requests should be made to work remotely from home.
- Persons with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice proper cough etiquette, that is, maintain distance from others, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues and discard of it immediately after use, and wear a mask to decrease the spread of droplets to others.
- Persons should avoid touching their faces (particularly eyes, nose and mouth); and also maintain distance of at least one meter from persons with respiratory symptoms;
- Adequate supplies of paper hand towels, soap and hand sanitizers should be made available at the work place and frequently trafficked public areas and high-touch equipment and surfaces (e.g., light switches, elevator buttons, door knobs, bathroom faucets, toilet seats and flush handles,) should be sanitized by wiping with anti-bacterial/bleach liquid.
- Public gatherings are discouraged and should be avoided by persons who are unwell.
- Non-essential travel is discouraged, but where travel is absolutely necessary, avoid close contact with persons demonstrating flu-like symptoms, especially as they transit through airports and in aircraft;
- Travellers should monitor the WHO website for territories with cases and to avoid these areas.
- On return to Jamaica, travellers must indicate on their immigration card, all the countries visited in the previous six weeks and cooperate with the immigration officers and public health officers at the air and sea ports.
For additional information, the public is encouraged to contact 888-ONE-LOVE (663-5683).
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade