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COVID-19 FAQs: Prevention

Cayman Islands Government
Published: April 28 2020
Last Updated: July 27, 2020

In The Prevention F.A.Qs

This section covers questions relating to the prevention of COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands. Click the links below to skip to the relevant questions or scroll down to read more:

  1. Are face masks effective at reducing transmission of COVID-19?
  2. Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
  3. Does hand sanitiser protect against COVID-19?
  4. Is it better to wash hands and your rings together? Or is it better to remove rings and clean every part of the hand?
  5. Does the law allow for districts with COVID-19 cases to be locked down?
  6. What should I stock up on?
  7. Are schools open?
  8. How do I reduce my risk of acquiring COVID-19?

 

Are face masks effective at reducing transmission of COVID-19?

Face masks play a small role in stopping people with COVID-19 from spreading the virus. The Chief Medical Officer is warning the public to use caution when using masks, especially homemade masks as there are limitations to their use, which include:
  • they have not been tested to recognised standards;
  • they are not likely to provide protection against virus-sized particles;
  • the edges are not designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth;
  • the fabrics are not the same as used in surgical masks or respirators;
  • they can be difficult to breathe through; and
  • they may require frequent adjustment, increasing the amount of times your hands come into contact with your face and increasing the probability of infection.

There is some evidence that wearing a mask (surgical or non-surgical) may offer healthy persons some protection. The masks will only act as a partial barrier to stop some larger droplets from spreading the virus responsible for COVID-19.

The public is reminded that social distancing and thorough attention to hygiene must continue to be practiced as the best form of defense.

Read more on face masks here.


Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. The virus responsible for COVID-19 is new and requires its own vaccine to be effective.

Simple hygiene measures like washing your hands often with soap and water and avoiding people who are unwell can help stop viruses like the one responsible for COVID-19 from spreading.

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water where possible. If you can’t get to a sink, an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with at least 60 per cent alcohol will work.


Does hand sanitiser protect against COVID-19?

Alcohol gels don’t kill some viruses – such as norovirus and rhinovirus – but the coronavirus has an envelope structure which alcohol can attack. Hand sanitisers with more than 60 per cent alcohol content are most effective at killing microbes.


Is it better to wash hands and your rings together? Or is it better to remove rings and clean every part of the hand?

The most thorough washing suggests you remove all jewellery, including rings, so you can reach all surfaces on your hands when washing them thoroughly.


Does the law allow for districts with COVID-19 cases to be locked down?

The Governor has powers allowing him to lock down districts in the event of a national emergency if this is required to contain the spread of COVID-19.


What should I stock up on?

It is best to prepare in case you need to self-isolate by ensuring you have at least two weeks’ supply of pain relievers such as Tylenol or Paracetamol (acetaminophen), soap or hand sanitisers, tissues, food and other items that will ensure your comfort while you are at home.


Are schools open?

No. all education facilities are closed. This is a precautionary measure to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19.


How do I reduce my risk of acquiring COVID-19?

The following ways have been documented as the most effective measures in reducing the transmission of COVID-19:

  • Frequently cleanse hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Cough or sneeze in a tissue and bin it.
  • If a tissue is not available, cough/sneeze into your elbow and not your hands (with or without a mask).
  • Stay home as much as possible, only leave for essential trips.
  • Practice social distancing, stay at least three feet away from other people who are not members of your household at all times.
  • Masks may be used in public but must be accompanied with other prevention measures listed previously.

 

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