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COVID-19: Prevention & Attention

What are the signs and symptoms

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing (severe cases)

Get medical attention immediately if you feel such symptoms – Call 111.

This list is not all inclusive. Please seek medical advice for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Basic everyday precautions to avoid infection

  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick and seek medical advice. Do not go to health centres, hospital emergency department or doctors’ clinics if you feel COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Avoid touching surfaces in public places (like elevator buttons and door handles).
  • At home or workplace, clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g. tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of it immediately. Wash your hands straight after.
  • If you do not have a tissue cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

Important numbers to note

  • If you feel COVID-19 symptoms or need information – Call 111 or 2132 4086
  • Maltese residents abroad who need to return to Malta – Call 2204 2200
  • Persons in mandatory quarantine requiring food or medicine – Call 2141 1411
  • Helpline for persons aged 60+ requiring meals, medicines and foodstuffs – Call 2590 3030
  • For education-related advice – Call 2598 1000
  • If you work in the gaming industry and have questions – Call 2546 9111
  • If you are a tourist or have questions related to the hotel sector – Call  2169 2447
  • If you want to report quarantine abuse – Call 2169 2447

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