Whatever is happening in the outside world, we know how important it is for all of us to maintain our mental wellbeing. But this can be difficult when we’re more physically distant than usual.
If you are feeling stressed, worried or anxious about anything, we’re still here to look after you always. As a laya healthcare member and depending on your scheme, you can call the 24/7 Mental Wellbeing Support Programme any time of the day or night.
You can get help with:
- Financial and consumer advice
- Career guidance
- Legal issues
Wash your hands properly and often
You should wash your hands:
- after coughing or sneezing
- before and after eating
- before and after preparing food
- if you were in contact with someone who has a fever or respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing)
- before and after being on public transport, if you must use it
- before and after being in a crowd (especially an indoor crowd)
- when you arrive and leave buildings including your home or anyone else's home
- if you have handled animals or animal waste
- before having a cigarette or vaping
- if your hands are dirty
- after toilet use
Do not wear disposable gloves instead of washing your hands. The virus gets on them in the same way it gets on your hands. Also, your hands can get contaminated when you take them off.
Disposable gloves are worn in medical settings. They are not as effective in daily life.
Wearing disposable gloves can give you a false sense of security.
- sneeze or cough into the gloves - this creates a new surface for the virus to live on
- contaminate yourself when taking off the gloves or touching surfaces
- not wash your hands as often as you need to and touch your face with contaminated gloves
The HSE also has a helpful guide to maintaining your mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Trying to maintain a regular routine will also benefit your mental wellbeing:
- exercise regularly
- keep regular sleep routines
- maintain a healthy and balanced diet
- stay in touch with family and friends
- avoid excess alcohol
- practice relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises
- read a book
- search for online exercise or yoga classes, concerts, religious services or guided tours
- improve your mood by doing something creative
Cloth face coverings
A cloth face covering is a material you wear that covers the nose and mouth.
Wearing a cloth face covering in public may reduce the spread of coronavirus in the community. It may help to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets from people infected with coronavirus.
Wear a cloth face covering:
- when using public transport - you have to do this by law
- when staying 2 metres apart from people is difficult - for example, in shops or shopping centres
- when visiting anyone who is more at risk from coronavirus - such as people aged 70 or over or people who are medically vulnerable
- in an enclosed indoor space with other people
If you wear one, you should still do the important things necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.
- social distancing
- covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
- washing your hands properly and often
- not touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Face coverings are not recommended for children under the age of 13, unless they are advised to by a doctor or healthcare worker. Face coverings are also not recommended for those:
- who have difficulty breathing
- who are unconscious or incapacitated
- who are unable to remove it without help
- who have special needs and who may feel upset or uncomfortable wearing the face covering
Medical face masks
Medical masks are for healthcare workers. Some workers in specific jobs also use them. They are vital supplies and are not intended for use by the public in the community. We want to try and make sure that medical face masks are kept for health care workers.