Coronavirus: 5 useful things to know

Coronavirus is a global pandemic with wide-ranging consequences.

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1. We are taking important steps at the European level to fight coronavirus

We are working on all fronts — medical, research, economy and industry — to support EU countries and are proposing exceptional measures to protect the health of all citizens including:

  • ensuring all countries have access to much-needed medical equipment;
  • working on effective border management that will protect citizens’ health, while ensuring essential goods and services remain available. This is to prevent shortages of medical equipment or food.

2. A lot of false information is circulating so only get information from trustworthy sources

We can all contribute to public health measures by paying attention to the information we are sharing on social media and in private chats with friends and families. The coronavirus outbreak and response has been accompanied by a massive ‘infodemic’ — a term coined by the WHO relating to the over-abundance of information, some accurate and some not, that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance.

3. Hand hygiene and cough etiquette are simple but vital measures

4. By keeping your distance from others, you protect your own health and the people around you

Many governments are introducing strict social distancing measures to keep people away from others during this unprecedented time in order to slow down the spread of coronavirus. This is necessary not only to protect your own health, but also for the health of the people around you.

5. We are all in this together

More information:

Official Medium account of @EU_Commission | Stories, posts & articles about our work. Our social media policy: https://ec.europa.eu/info/social-media-use

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