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What is Coronavirus?

The bad news is, it’s deadly. The good news is if we work together, we can fight it.

It’s the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Related Coronavirus 2, a.k.a. Covid-19

Everyone just calls it Coronavirus. It’s an infectious respiratory disease that was first identified in Wuhan, China in 2019, and has since spread across the world.

How does it spread?

Everyone just calls it Coronavirus. It’s an infectious respiratory disease that was first identified in Wuhan, China in 2019, and has since spread across the world.

Keep your hands to yourself

If you touch someone who’s ill, chances are you’re going to rub your eyes or your nose, and thereby infect yourself.

What are the symptoms?

The Symptoms

Mild:

  • Shortness of breath (19% of cases)
  • Aches and Pains (15% of cases)
  • Sore throat (14% of cases)
  • Headaches (14% of cases)
  • Chills (11% of cases)
  • Nausea (5% of cases)
  • Nasal congestion, Diarrhea (4% of cases)

Severe:

  • Fever (88% of cases)
  • Dry Cough (68% of cases)
  • Fatigue (38% of cases)
  • Cough (33% of cases)




Some people have no symptoms at all

You can call them asymptomatic. They’ve been infected, but they show no symptoms at all. Because you don’t have symptoms doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautionary measures.

What if a person starts to show symptoms?

How To Protect Yourself And Others

For us to defeat this virus, it’s important for you to protect yourself from potentially infected people and for you to protect others from yourself, whether or not you have symptoms.

Let’s start with self-isolation

This is staying away from situations where you have to interact with people at close distance

Who should self-isolate?

Everyone who is able to should self-isolate. If your job or school allows you to not show up, stay indoors

Just got back?

You must self-isolate if you’ve just returned from a high-risk country with confirmed cases of COVID-19

Where have you been lately?

If you’ve been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you must also self-isolate

What should I do while I self-isolate?

How To Self-isolate

First of all – and this is hard – don’t panic. Being armed with the right information will save you and everyone around you.

I just got back from a high-risk country, what should I do?

There is a chance that you haven’t been infected. But there is no way to know for sure without testing. Reduce physical interaction as much as possible, and keep a distance.

Make the health authorities’ job easier

Drop your name, next of kin, physical address and phone number with them.

The fewer, the safer

Avoid public transport and ensure that you are picked up from your arrival point by one person

Keep the distance

Stay at least one metre between you and the driver, preferably in the backseat

Get all your me-time

When you get home, stay alone in a well-ventilated room as much as you can

How else can I self-isolate properly?

Self-Isolation To-do list

Here are a bunch of things you’ll need to do to make your self-isolation worth it.

Food and medical supplies

Buy only necessities to last two weeks to a month. If electricity will be a problem, stick to non-perishable food

Keep the distance still.

Maintain a good distance between you and whoever brings you food

Remote work

If you have to work, you must work from home

No sharing

Have your sets of cutlery, Don’t share them with anyone and wash them thoroughly after use

Stay grounded

Do not travel anywhere or go anywhere while you’re in self-isolation

Be reachable

Keep your phones charged and with you at all times

Disinfect regularly

Wash your hands at regular intervals with soap and water. Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces

Speak to an expert

Call the CDC toll free number if you develop any symptoms during this period

Do these for 14 days.
Good luck

What if I can’t self-isolate?

What to do if you can’t self-isolate

Firstly, it’s important to note that if you’ve been in contact with an infected person, or are travelling in from a high-risk country, you must self-isolate. If you’ve not been exposed to the virus but there are people in your city who might have been, self-isolation is strongly advised. It’s the right thing to do.

My job requires that I show up

You provide essential services or simply can’t afford to stock up on food? We have some advice: practise social distancing

What is social distancing?

This is to physically distance yourself from people who are infected, or potentially infected.

Avoid crowded places

Whether it’s a market or a place of worship, any place that requires that you be in a gathering of a lot of people, avoid them in every way you can.

Use soap and water. Every time

Every time you go out, make sure you wash your hand with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Count if you have to.

When will all of this be over?

We don’t know. But when we finally beat this, the world is going to throw the biggest party in celebration.

What should I do now?

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FAQs

Your questions, answered.

What are Coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses. Some coronaviruses have been found to cause major respiratory infections in humans like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

What are some symptoms of Covid-19?

Symptoms include dry cough, fever, breathing difficulty, nausea, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and diarrhoea. In some cases, people do not exhibit any symptoms; they are asyptomatic.

How is COVID-19 diagnosed?

COVID-19 is diagnosed by laboratory tests carried out in a properly equipped laboratory. You cannot diagnose COVID-19 with a google search.

What is COVID-19

COVID-19 is a new coronavirus disease that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019,

Why don’t some people exhibit symptoms?

People who are infected do not immediately show symptoms. This is called the asymptomatic phase, and most people show symptoms eventually within 14 days of infection.

What is the incubation period for COVID-19

Research and observation have shown that people start displaying symptoms after 14 days of being infected.