Wear a Mask

No matter where you are. Please wear a mask. Even if you are stepping out very briefly for a walk, put on your mask. Cities that have a mandatory mask requirement have seen significant decreases in new infectious. Masks work, so please wear one.

Hand Washing:

This is the first line of defense and something everyone needs to be doing frequently and thoroughly. Ideally, soap and running water works best (check out our Hand Washing Guide).

But if you don't have access to running water, here are some alternatives:

  • Here’s an easy way to make your own hand sanitizer at home
  • Here is an easy way to make your own disinfectant at home. (9 parts water, 1 part bleach. That's it. So easy it didn't even need a link)

If You Live in Flats or Apartments:

  • Use the stairs instead of the lift when possible
  • If you press buttons, use your knuckles or something other than your fingers
  • Keep the windows open in your home, if possible (though be mindful to the risk to small children)
  • With your fellow residents, establish a protocol of regular disinfection of surfaces in public spaces such as doors, countertops, mailboxes etc.
  • Keep doors open where possible to avoid the need to touch door knobs

When Making Purchases: 

  • Try to pay with M-Pesa and avoid handling cash. Safaricom has waived all MPesa fees for transaction less than KES 1000, so don’t worry about the fees

When In A Matatu:

  • Minimize touching surfaces with your hands. Don’t touch or grab things you don’t have to
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Make sure the windows are open
  • Try to pay with M-Pesa and avoid handling cash. Safaricom has waived all MPesa fees for transaction less than KES 1000, so don’t worry about the fees
  • If there is someone coughing or sneezing, distance yourself from that person or take the next Matatu
  • Wash your hands or sanitize as quickly as possible after disembarking from the Matatu
  • When possible, walk, as it minimizes exposure risk and is great exercise

In Your Community:

  • Don’t panic, don’t discriminate, don’t accuse
  • Your Community Is Your Strongest Support Network and this is a moment in which we must come together to support one another. Be the voice of reason
  • Make A Plan for how to minimize exposure to people who are ill and avoid situations in which you are exposed to large numbers of people
  • Confer With Community Leaders around strategies to implement temporary social distancing measures (for more information, see our Social Distancing Guidelines)
  • Support community members at risk for severe illness and help them minimize infectious risk
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