Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.
How coronavirus is spread
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses spread in cough droplets. It’s highly unlikely coronavirus can be spread through packages from affected countries or through food.
How to avoid catching or spreading germs
There’s currently no vaccine for coronavirus, but there are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading.
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin immediately
• wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
• do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath
Urgent advice: if you have a fever or a cough, you should stay at home regardless of your travel or contact history. If you’ve returned from an area subject to travel restrictions,you should restrict your movement for 14 days
All people are advised to:
1. reduce social interactions
2. keep a distance of 2 metres between yourself and other people
3. do not shake hands or make close contact with other people where possible
Treatment for coronavirus
There is no specific treatment for coronavirus.
Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the infection.
It is important that we work together to contain a possible outbreak and minimise the risk of the virus spreading.
Please be aware that some meeting participants may be particularly susceptible to this virus due to long term health issues and others may become very anxious.
- Maintain good personal hygiene and encourage other to do so. Use tissues to cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Wash hands afterwards with soap and hot water or use hand sanitiser if not available. Be vigilant when using public transport and clean hands before touching your face or eating.
2. Avoid touching your face and mouth
3. Meeting Facilitators could consider providing a box of tissues and hand sanitiser or antibacterial handwipes. If a meeting participant shows symptoms, ask them to consider others and leave the meeting
5. If you develop any symptoms yourself, do not attend the SMART meeting and seek medical advice.
In the event of an outbreak
Any change affecting the staffing of SMART Recovery Ireland will be posted on the website.
SMART Recovery International is coordinating our global response and countries will be working together to ensure mutual support is still available. Currently the plan is to increase the number of online SMART meetings to provide an alternative means of accessing mutual support and the SMART programme.
SMART Recovery Ireland has a number of online meetings available to offer support to those affected by meeting closures due to COVID-19 Virus.
The situation is changing rapidly. Regular updates on public health advice, status of meetings and availability of online meetings will be posted on our website.
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