Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones, you should:

Do these even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccination, or had COVID-19 in the past.

Certain groups of people with symptoms should get a COVID-19 test.

Prevent the spread of COVID-19

There are other things you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


  • Keep up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines
  • keep at least 2 metres (around 6 feet) away from people you do not live with
  • wash your hands properly and often
  • wear a face mask in crowded places outdoors and when you move around in public indoor spaces
  • cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve - put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
  • meet people outdoors where possible
  • try to avoid crowded places where you cannot keep a distance from people - there's a greater risk of infection in crowded and enclosed places
  • check that visitors to your home or workplace do not have symptoms of COVID-19, colds or flu
  • let fresh air into your home by opening windows, doors and air vents as much as possible when you have visitors
  • clean objects and surfaces that other people touch


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • do not share objects that touch your mouth, for example, bottles or cups
  • do not shake hands or make close contact with other people, if possible
  • do not wear gloves instead of washing your hands - your hands can get contaminated when you take them off

How COVID-19 is spread

When not to meet other people

You should not meet someone else if you:

Check with people before you meet them to make sure they are symptom-free and feeling well.

Advice for people at very high risk from COVID-19

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This project has received funding from the Government of Ireland’s Sláintecare Integration Fund 2019 under Grant Agreement Number 123.

Page last reviewed: 12 September 2022