People should reduce non-essential gatherings and control the scale of gatherings during the New Year's holiday and Spring Festival, said Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Local clustered cases, infected by imported sources, have popped up more frequently since the beginning of this winter. But the scale of the epidemic remains relatively small thanks to timely detection and control.
Wu stressed that enterprises and institutions must control the number of people gathering at events. For those occasions with more than fifty people present, a complete plan for epidemic control and prevention should be formulated in advance. For family gatherings, the number should be limited to fewer than ten. Meanwhile, people should adopt good hygiene habits such as ensuring good ventilation, frequent hand washing, and using serving chopsticks. Daily meals should be served individually instead of communally. Cover a sneeze or cough with a tissue or bent elbow. Once symptoms such as cough and fever occur, seek medical help immediately.
He also warned people that in addition to COVID-19, it is also crucial to prevent bird flu, norovirus disease and food poisoning. Food must be fully cooked before eating. Try not to go to live poultry markets or buy live poultry.
(Compiled by Liu Tongshan)