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With help from the Hungarian Red Cross, we have collected the most important information on the coronavirus to help you prepare for it.
Below you will find a credible collection of facts and common misconceptions about the coronavirus, and we have also gathered some advice on how to set up a home office system and work from home.

Source of the content: Hungarian Red Cross and the World Health Organization.

Basic precautions against the coronavirus

You shouldn’t underestimate the risk caused by the epidemic, as the virus can be transmitted from person to person, and no immunity has developed among the public yet. Like almost all coronaviruses, this version can infect people. Evidence gathered so far suggests that the present epidemic is mostly spreading from person to person, so we urge everyone to follow the recommended precautions listed below:

Wash your hands regularly with running water and soap:
  • after coughing and sneezing,
  • before and after caring for the sick,
  • before and after using the toilet,
  • before, during (between handling raw and cooked food) and after you prepare food,
  • before meals,
  • when your hands are dirty,
  • if your hands don’t feel dirty, but you have touched a lot of objects and surfaces since you last washed your hands,
  • after getting in contact with animals.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser regularly.
Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Use a disposable tissue and throw it into a closed bin.
Avoid contact with anyone who has flu-like symptoms or if you often sneeze or cough.
Avoid direct contact with domestic and wild animals.
If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share your previous travel history.

While travelling:

  • avoid travel if you have a fever or cough,
  • if you become sick while travelling, inform crew and seek medical care early,
  • if you wear a mask, be sure to cover your nose and mouth,
  • after putting on the mask, avoid touching it, even the outer part.

When eating:

  • even in areas experiencing outbreaks, meat can be safely consumed if it is properly prepared and thoroughly cooked,
  • cook meat and eggs thoroughly,
  • use different chopping boards and knives for raw meat and cooked food,
  • sick animals and animals that have died of diseases SHOULD NOT be eaten.

Useful advice for your home, office and common areas:

  • It is important to have hot water and disinfectant soap for washing hands in the bathrooms, and dispensable paper towels as well.
  • Make sure that common areas are aired regularly.
  • Regular cleaning tasks must be arranged and monitored.
  • Shared objects that are used regularly must be disinfected.
  • If possible, install hand sanitiser dispensers in common areas and at entrances for employees and clients.

It is a good idea to discuss the above advice with people in your household (home) and those with whom you spend considerable time in the same space and use the same common areas (e.g. at your workplace). The information materials below can be displayed for relatives and colleagues.

Watch how to wash your hands properly.


Coronavirus: facts and fiction

Is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) only dangerous to the elderly, or can younger people get infected, too?

Anyone can be infected with the coronavirus, regardless of their gender or age. Elderly people and those with underlying medical issues (e.g. asthma, diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases) are at an increased risk, as there is a chance that they develop a more serious disease as a result of the virus. WHO suggests that the elderly should take the necessary steps for their own safety, observing health rules.

Can pets spread the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Currently there is no evidence that pets like cats or dogs can be infected with the novel coronavirus. However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands after getting in contact with animals, as it can protect you from common bacteria spread by animals like E.coli and salmonella.

Should I avoid people coming from China?

You should take the same precautions with everyone (regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, etc.) who may be sick and have symptoms similar to that of a cold (running nose, fever, sore throat, cough and difficulty breathing). These precautions include washing your hands frequently with water and soap or using alcohol-based hand rub to remove germs from your hands; keep a distance from people who are coughing or sneezing or who are sick (at least 1 m) and tell them to visit the nearest clinic.

Should I avoid Chinese food?

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) does not spread when you eat Chinese food. You are safe to have any properly cooked meal in a hygienic and clean environment.

Is there any medication developed specifically for the coronavirus that helps prevent or treat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Currently no medication is available that is meant specifically to treat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but those who are suffering from a disease caused by the coronavirus definitely need high level treatment. Some therapeutic methods are currently being observed and/or clinically tested. WHO and its key partners are working to speed up research and drug development.

Are antibiotics effective in preventing or treating the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

No, antibiotics are not effective against viruses, they only affect bacteria. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus, which means no antibiotics can be used for prevention or treatment. However, if someone is being treated because of a coronavirus infection, they might also receive antibiotics treatment, as there is a risk of bacterial cross-infection.

Does the pneumonia vaccine provide protection against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

No, it doesn’t. Vaccines like vaccines against pneumonia, or type B influenza do not provide protection against the novel coronavirus. The virus is unlike the previous ones and a new treatment and a specific vaccine are needed to control it. Researchers are working on developing a vaccine, with support from WHO. Even though the vaccines mentioned above are not effective against the coronavirus, they are highly recommended to protect your health.

How can I keep my child safe?
It is important that you should teach your child to wash their hands regularly with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub. You should also teach your child to cough/sneeze in their flexed elbow or tissue, throw the tissue directly in the bin and wash their hands immediately. Open the windows at home and on the public transport so that air can circulate and take germs out.

If you have further questions about the coronavirus, call 06/80-277-455 or 06/80-277-456, available 24/7 toll-free both from mobile phones and landlines. Here you can get accurate information on the novel coronavirus from experts. The info line was launched and is operated by the National Public Health Centre (NNK).

In addition to this information material, you can find further information on the website of the Hungarian Red Cross on the special measures taken regarding blood donation, first aid training and the operation of social institutions as a result of the coronavirus situation.


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Working effectively and safely from home

Flexible working, i.e. home office, is quite common in a number of areas at Telenor. As the coronavirus is spreading, we recommend that wherever feasible, companies and employees should support and implement the practice of working from home.
Here are some useful advice for setting up a home office system.


What you need for working from home effectively

Working from home is not an option in every job, it is mostly available for white collar employees. With notebooks, smart devices, mobile internet and digital solutions, more and more companies and employees get the chance to introduce home office in their corporate culture at little cost, and in a situation like the present one this can help you preserve your health as well.
Working from someplace other than the office means trust. It means the employer trusts its employees and supports that they work from home from time to time. Employees who feel the trust of the management are loyal and perform better.

What technical background do you need for working from home?
  • Provide access. Access to work mail and collaboration tools (like video-chats, conference calls, etc.) is essential for employees to follow their everyday work routine.
  • Reliable internet access at home is a must. It is important that the employer should provide the necessary devices for working from home. These may include notebooks, mobile internet, remote access and, if necessary, devices needed for conference calls. Without these employees might feel empty handed, which may hinder flexible work.
  • Basic labour law provisions and work safety rules apply to the home office as well.
  • It is recommended that the detailed rules of home office should be laid down in the employer’s internal policy and employees should be made familiar with them. Of course until a quarantine is imposed, working conditions must be maintained at the location specified in the employment contract between the parties.
  • Match the task to the device It is best to determine in advance what technology and devices are necessary for the specific tasks, and schedule and allocate the tasks to be performed from home accordingly.
  • Security first! These days we can work from nearly anywhere with mobile devices. It is equally easy for others to access our personal data, so always observe security standards and protect your devices with a password.

It is extremely important that even when you work from home, follow the precautions against the coronavirus to avoid getting infected.
Make sure you clean the objects you often use, like your mobile phone, keyboard, mouse, etc. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, but usually a mildly wet alcohol wipe is suitable for most devices.