COVID-19 Pandemic: Advice For Staying Safe For The African Public




  • COVID-19 spreads from person to person
    • via droplets when an infected person sneezes or
    • when in close contacts with a sick person, like hugging or shaking hands, or
    • from touching a contaminated object or surface.
  • Currently, 4 out of 5 people infected with COVID-19 will experience only mild symptoms like fever and a dry cough.
  • About 95% of people who have been sick with COVID-19 to date have recovered or are recovering.
  • So far, children and adolescents have been less affected and their symptoms have been almost always mild.



  • While COVID-19 is often mild, it is spreading rapidly. Therefore the following people who are at high risk need to be protected:
    • Healthcare workers
    • People over 60 years of age.
    • Those with underlying health conditions like diabetes, heart and lung diseases, and people with low immunity.



  • To protect yourself and others from COVID-19, embrace the following 5 habits regularly
    • Wash your hands often with soap and clean water. Alternatively, use alcohol based hand rubs (hand sanitizer).
    • Cough or sneeze in your bent elbow, not your hands.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Stay away from large gatherings and avoid close contact with someone sick.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
    • Use a face mask when in public as local health authorities mandate and practice safe physical distancing always (i.e., stay at least six feet away from others in public). 


Adapted from WHO


Related: What Africans need to know about the coronavirus outbreak



Published: March 13, 2020.

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