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General guidance

The Danish Health Authority’s general guidance effectively prevents the spread of infection in society.

The most effective way you can help prevent the spread of infection is by following our six steps and incorporating them into everything you do, both at home, in public, at school and in the workplace.
Adults should help children follow the guidance. 

You should also limit the number of people you see and the amount of time you spent together, and keep to the same small number of friends and relatives. During the coming months, we will all be spending more time indoors, so please remember to maintain hygiene, clean thoroughly, and increase the amount of fresh air by opening your windows regularly.


Top six recommendations

1. Self-isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19, has tested positive or is a close contact of someone who is infected with novel coronavirus

You should self-isolate at home if you either test positive for novel coronavirus or experience symptoms of COVID-19.  You should also stay home if you only have moderate symptoms or are in doubt whether you are ill or not.

Do not socialise with anyone outside your household, and avoid close physical contact with the people you live with. If you have symptoms but do not feel so ill that you need to consult your own doctor, you can book a test at coronaprover.dk. However, if you feel so ill that you would like to consult a doctor or your symptoms worry you, please call your own doctor. Your doctor will assess whether you should immediately be tested and examined by a healthcare professional at a local COVID-19 assessment unit.

Focus on cleaning and maintaining good hygiene in the home. You must remain in self-isolation until 48 hours your symptoms have gone.

You must also stay home and self-isolate if you learn that you have a close contact of someone who has tested positive for novel coronavirus.

Further information

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

What to do if you test positive for novel coronavirus

What to do if you are a close contact of a person who has tested positive for novel coronavirus



2. Wash your hands often or use hand sanitiser

Proper hand hygiene is the most effective way to prevent contact spread. 

Washing your hands or using and hand sanitiser is equally effective. However, hand sanitisers only work properly when your hands are dry and not visibly dirty, so you should always wash your hands if they are visibly dirty or wet, after toilet visits or changing nappies, and before you handle food. 

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Hand hygiene


3. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve

Proper cough etiquette prevents both droplet and contact spread.

We recommend that you:

  • Cough into your sleeve or a disposable tissue. Wash or sanitise your hands afterwards. 
  • If you cough into the palm of your hands, you must wash or sanitise your hands afterwards.

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Prevent infection


4. Limit physical contact

Contact spread is probably the main source of infection from people who are ill even though they have no symptoms. Therefore, we recommend that you limit physical contact and do not shake hands, hug or kiss as a greeting.

5. Clean thoroughly

The risk of contact spread increases dramatically when you touch contact point and surfaces that are touched by many people, for example as door handles, hand rails, light switches, keyboards, computer mice, armrests, the edges of tables, toys, tools, utensils, taps, toilets, etc.

Clean contact point frequently and thoroughly using ordinary cleaning products and disinfectants.


6. Keep your distance and ask other to be considerate

Droplet spread can happen if you are close to an infected person who coughs or sneezes. Therefore, we recommend that you keep a distance of at least 1 meter to others.

You should keep a distance of at least 2 metres to someone who is at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and in situations where there is an increased risk of droplet spread, for example in connection with singing, shouting or physical exertion. 


Updated 22 OKT 2020