ABOUT COVID-19

WHAT IS IT?

COVID-19 is a viral infection that causes severe respiratory illness in humans. It was first reported in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. The outbreak, due to the highly contagious nature of the disease, spread rapidly and has since turned into a pandemic. 

WHO IS AT RISK?

Anyone is at risk of contracting COVID-19. As it is a new disease the information available on it is still developing. From what is currently known, the elderly and anyone with prior medical conditions could be at higher risk of complications due to the disease.

Please take extra care to avoid contact if you:

  • Are over 65 years of age 

  • Are currently under going chemotherapy

  • Are immunocompromised 

  • Have HIV or AIDS

  • Take any medication that could weaken your immune system 

  • Have diabetes 

  • Suffer from asthma or lung disease

  • Suffer Chronic kidney or liver disease

  • Are pregnant (there is no current evidence that pregnant women are more at risk but information is still developing on the virus so practice caution) 

COVID-19 is spread through contact with other people who are carrying the virus or potentially items they have been in contact with recently. It is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes and potentially even breathes within close contact of others.  

HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Fever

  • Cough 

  • Shortness of breath

  • Flu or cold-like symptoms

You should visit an emergency room or your doctor immediately if:

  • You have difficulty breathing

  • Pain in your chest 

  • A blue tinge to your lips or face

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF & OTHERS?

There are many ways you can protect yourself and limit your risk of either contracting or spreading the virus:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water. Hands should be washed for at least 20 seconds with warm water if possible. 

  • If water & soap are not readily available use hand sanitiser. Make sure you thoroughly cover all areas of your hands including the backs.

  • Do not touch your mouth, nose and mouth if you have not washed your hands. 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or have potentially been exposed to someone with the virus.  

  • Practice social distancing within your community. Do not socialise with friends and family as much as possible and always keep a distance of 2 meters between yourself and anyone else that you do not live with. 

  • Stay home as much as possible. Even more so if you are sick or believe you have been exposed. 

  • If you sneeze or cough cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Then throw this tissue away and wash your hands immediately. 

  • Clean & disinfect your home and workspace as regularly as possible, especially touch points in your home: doors, light switches, mobile phones, counter tops & remote controls. 

  • Listen to the latest government advice and keep informed. 

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