Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

If you have symptoms of COVID-19:

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


  • get a COVID-19 vaccine and booster dose when it's available to you

  • keep at least 2 metres (around 6 feet) away from people you do not live with as much as possible (social distancing)

  • 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 social distance - 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

Read about 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.

Read advice for people at very high risk from COVID-19

Use the COVID Tracker app

COVID Tracker is a free and easy-to-use smartphone app that can:

  • alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 
  • alert other app users that you were in close contact with if you test positive for COVID-19 
  • store your EU Digital COVID Certificate

The more people that download and use the app, the more it will help slow the spread of the virus through contact tracing.

Why you should use the COVID Tracker app

Download the free app from the:

Last updated: 3 January 2022 at 9am