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.
WHO IS AT HIGH RISK?
- 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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