Corona Virus Update
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Social distancing guidelines
Do not leave your house unless it’s essential.
Do not attend school or classes as of Wednesday, 18 March until after Easter.
Do not attend gatherings of more than 100 people
Greet people using your elbows or feet.
Keep your house as clean as possible and disinfectutensils, surfaces, floors and furniture.
Avoid using the same utensils and bathroom facilities asa sick person.
Make sure you disinfect your bathroom area as droplets can be transmitted
Open windows and doors to let fresh air inside at all times.
Avoid going out to restaurants, clubs, malls and other public spaces.
Check on your loved ones through social media and your smartphone.
Hold out on any non-essential physical socialising like going on a date or partying with friends.
Cancel any playdates and playground time for the kids.
Myths vs Facts
Myth: COVID-19 cannot be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates.
Fact: COVID-19 can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, regardless of climate.
Myth: Cold weather and snow can kill COVID-19.
Fact: There is no indication that cold temperatures can kill COVID-19. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather.
Myth: Taking a hot bath prevents COVID-19.
Fact: Normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Actually, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you.
Myth: Coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bites.
Fact: There is no evidence to suggest that mosquitoes can transmit the virus. Coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.
Myth: Hand dryers effective in killing COVID-19.
Fact: Hand dryers are not effective in killing the virus.
Myth: An ultraviolet lamp can kill COVID-19?
Fact: UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation.
Myth: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body can kill COVID-19.
Fact: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to your mucous membranes.
Myths: Pets can spread COVID-19.
Fact: At present, there is no evidence that pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with Coronavirus.
Myth: Vaccines for pneumonia protect you against Coronavirus?
Fact: Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against COVID-19.
The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine.
Myth: Regularly rinsing your nose with saline can help prevent COVID-19 infection.
Fact: There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from Coronavirus infection.
Myth: Eating garlic can help prevent COVID-19 infection.
Fact: Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the Coronavirus.
Myth: Only the elderly can contract COVID-19.
Fact: People of all ages can be infected by COVID-19. But older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions, appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.
Myth: Antibiotics are effective in preventing and treating COVID-19.
Fact: Antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.
Myth: There are medicines to prevent or treat COVID-19.
Fact: To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat COVID-19.
Self-quarantine for COVID-19 is recommended for individuals who have been directly exposed to the virus or who have traveled to areas where there are large numbers of people infected in order to prevent further transmission.
You have come into contact with someone that was diagnosed with the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
The incubation period (time from infection to showing symptoms) ranges between 2 to 14 days. If you develop any symptoms in this timeframe, you will have to be tested for the virus.
Why not just test me immediately?
It takes time for the virus to multiply to a level where we can detect it with laboratory techniques.
Can’t you just give me medicine in case I do have it?
Since this is a virus, any treatment is supportive – that means the symptoms are treated, but there is no medicine to kill the virus, you need to allow your body’s immune system to kill the virus.
What should I do?
We are requesting you to self-quarantine. This means that although you do not have symptoms yet, you need to stay away from people to prevent the virus from spreading more.
But can I give the virus to someone even if I don’t feel bad?
Yes, evidence suggest that you may be able to pass the virus to someone else even before you show symptoms.
Can I go to work?
It is advised to refrain from going to work, doing so may spread the virus to colleagues. Your general practitioner can provide a sick note to be shared with your employer.
Can I go to school?
It is advised to refrain from going to school, doing so may spread the virus to other students or teachers. Your general practitioner can provide a sick note to be shared with the school.
Can I meet my friends?
It is advised to avoid social contact. Partaking in social contact may spread the virus to your family and friends.
Can I go shopping, visit a public place or use public transport?
It is advised to refrain from visiting any public place (shops, churches, entertainment areas) or using public transport, doing so may spread the virus to other people.
What am I supposed to do?
It is advised to stay at home during the monitoring period. To protect those around you:
• Clean your hands frequently, using an alcohol-based hand rub or soap
• Keep a distance from healthy individuals (not showing respiratory symptoms) as much as possible (at least 1 meter)
• Wear a medical mask as frequently possible
• Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with disposable paper tissue, or cough and sneeze into your elbow. Dispose of the material after use and clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
• Improve airflow in living spaces at home by opening windows and door as much as possible
How will I be monitored?
We will send you a link via email every day to ask you if you are experiencing any symptoms. Please click on the link and answer the questions every day, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do not have access to email or internet, someone will call you every day to ask if you are experiencing symptoms. Please ensure that you will be available to provide this information.
How long will I be monitored?
For 14 days after the last time you had contact with the person who had a confirmed infection with 2019-nCoV.
What symptoms should I be looking out for?
A measured body temperature of 38°C or more, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, myalgia or body pains, diarrhoea (passage of three or more loose or liquid stools per day).
I have symptoms, should I wait for the email or call?
No, as soon as you develop symptoms, please contact the hotline immediately.
What will happen then?
Depending on which symptoms and the severity, we will collect a swab from you and test for the virus.