Coronavirus - Protective measures

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Several measures have been in force since 26 November to slow down the new wave of the epidemic, including tightened protective measures:

• It is compulsory to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces, including those where the COVID certificate is required;
• It is also compulsory in busy or crowded outdoor spaces, based on the decision of the Prefect;
• It is essential to strictly follow these protective measures: mask wearing, hand washing, regular airing, coughing and sneezing into your elbow and using single-use tissues.

Regular airing of closed spaces is needed now more than ever. Each room should be aired for 10 minutes every hour.

By adopting these measures on a daily basis, we can stop the spread of COVID-19. As every move counts in fighting this virus, we should continue to wear a mask and abide by the following measures, even if fully vaccinated.

Wear a disposable or washable mask

Why wear a mask

Masks act as a shield, blocking viral particles from being projected into the air, when they are worn correctly. If a person is sick, even if they aren’t showing symptoms, the mask blocks the droplets from being projected when they talk, sneeze or cough.
Masks also protect the person wearing them, acting as a mechanical barrier against viral projections.

When to wear a mask

You must wear a mask in all places where it is compulsory and when you cannot respect social distancing guidelines.

How to wear a mask

Once you have washed your hands, place the mask on your face.
The mask should perfectly cover your nose, mouth and chin, whatever type you choose to wear.

You should not:
• touch or move your mask;
• place it under your nose or chin (your nose and mouth should be covered).

Disposable masks must be changed every 4 hours or once they get wet. You must dispose of them in a covered bin after use and wash your hands again.
Reusable masks should be washed according to their instructions (60°C wash for at least 30 minutes).
Due to the high circulation of the virus throughout the country and the cold weather conducive to its spread, masks have been compulsory in all indoor public spaces since 29 November 2021. This does not apply when you are participating in a sporting or artistic activity.

Air all rooms

Why air

Viruses, especially coronaviruses transmitted in saliva droplets, can linger in the air for several hours in closed spaces.

How to air

To prevent contamination, it is important to open the windows in your office and all the rooms in your house or apartment.
Air each room multiple times per day (a few minutes every hour if possible).

Wash your hands

Why wash your hands

We can easily transmit COVID-19 by touching another person or by leaving the virus on surfaces (sinks, worktops, door handles, etc.) or objects (toothbrushes, cutlery, etc.).
So we can catch the virus when we come into contact with a sick person or when we touch contaminated objects and surfaces and then our faces (mouth, eyes and nose).

When to wash your hands

You should always wash your hands:
• when you arrive at the office or home after taking public transport (bus, coach, train, metro);
• after going outside;
• after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
• before and after taking care of a baby;
• before preparing, serving or eating a meal.

Our hands touch our face up to 3,000 times per day, but our nose, eyes and mouth are entry points for viruses and bacteria. So you should avoid touching your face, and when you do, remember to wash your hands afterwards.

How to wash your hands

You should wash your hands with water and soap (preferably liquid) for 30 seconds, scrubbing your fingernails, fingertips, palms and backs of your hands, as well as between your fingers. After washing, you should use a clean towel or air dry your hands.
You can also use a hydroalcoholic solution instead of water and soap.
Washing your hands should be a habit, even outside of epidemic times, to protect yourself from all kinds of germs (viruses, bacteria, etc.).

Social distance and limit contact

Social distancing is strongly recommended due to the contagiousness of the virus variants, particularly when you aren’t wearing a mask.

Cough and sneeze into your elbow

When you are infected, you produce droplets and microdroplets containing viruses, dirt, dust and secretions from your nose and lungs every time you sneeze or cough. Viruses and bacteria spread very easily through the tiny droplets released into the air when a sick person coughs or sneezes.

How to cough and sneeze

You should sneeze and cough into your elbow rather than your hands to limit contamination.
If this isn’t possible, you should cover your mouth with a tissue, bin it straight away, and then wash your hands.