HONG KONG: The government has advised people here not to shake hands or touch public installations in order to avoid being infected by the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
It has taken out advertisements in newspapers and on TV to inform the public that touching was the main cause of infections.
Stating that “your health is in your hands”, the advertisement urged the people to wash their hands frequently.
“Avoid shaking hands. Just say ‘Hi’ and wave ‘Goodbye’. Avoid touching public installations. Keep your hands to yourself, for the good of your health,” the half-page notice in the South China Morning Post read.
Warning that the atypical pneumonia could be transmitted by respiratory droplets and contact with a patient’s secretion, it also stated eight rules to follow. They were:
·IF you have been in contact with a person infected with atypical pneumonia – wash your hands!
·BEFORE touching your eyes, nose or mouth – wash your hands!
·AFTER sneezing, coughing or wiping your nose – wash your hands!
·BEFORE putting on a face mask – wash your hands!
·AFTER going to the toilet – wash your hands!
·AFTER touching public installations/equipment (railings, door handles, lift control panels, public telephones) – wash your hands!
·WHEN you arrive home – wash your hands!
·AND when you wash your hands –use liquid soap.
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