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.


Adapted from WHO


Related: What Africans need to know about the coronavirus outbreak



Published: March 13, 2020.

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