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A man wears a protective face mask in St. Mark's Square after the last days of Venice Carnival were cancelled due to coronavirus, in Venice, Italy February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

A man wears a protective face mask in St. Mark's Square after the last days of Venice Carnival were cancelled due to coronavirus, in Venice, Italy February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

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A man wears a protective face mask in St. Mark's Square after the last days of Venice Carnival were cancelled due to coronavirus, in Venice, Italy February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

With the global death toll heading towards 3,000 and almost 80,000 people infected, how can we protect ourselves from the spread of the virus known as Covid-19?

The World Health Organisation and other medical experts have issued guidelines for members of the public.

Maintain "social distancing" - and don't kiss

Keep at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever. When someone who is infected with a respiratory disease like Covid-19 coughs or sneezes they project small droplets containing the virus. One virologist in the UK Professor John Oxford even warns people to avoid kissing and hugging.