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How The Virus Spreads

Understanding Why We Are Locked Down

Like the rest of the world, you probably have questions about the novel coronavirus. And one of those questions may have to do with how the virus is able to spread. Find some answers below coutesy of Healthline:

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    Human Contact

    Let's assume that you meet someone who contracted the virus, and they touched their mouth or nose with their hand. When that person shakes your hand, they transfer some of the virus to your hand. If you then touch your mouth or nose without washing your hands first, you may accidentally give that virus an entry point into your own body. Continue to avoid Handshakes and always sanitize your hands after every contact.

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    Air Transmission

    Person-to-person contact is thought to be the main method of transmission for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source. Imagine sitting next to someone with a SARS-CoV-2 infection on the bus or in a meeting room. Suddenly, this person sneezes or coughs. If they don’t cover their mouth and nose, they could potentially spray you with respiratory droplets from their nose or mouth. The droplets that land on you will likely contain the virus..The lock down reduces the risk of this kind of risk.

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    Contaminated Objects

    Think of all the frequently touched surfaces where germs can lurk: kitchen counters, bathroom counters, doorknobs, elevator buttons, the handle on the refrigerator, handrails on staircases. The list goes on and on. Experts don’t know for sure how long the novel coronavirus can survive on these surfaces. But if the virus behaves like other, similar viruses, the survival time could range from several hours to several days.

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Major Symptoms Of Covid-19

Most cases of the new coronavirus are mild, but about 20% of patients either have severe cases of disease or become critically ill.

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Coughing And Sneezing

Coughing is a major symptom of Covid-19. If you or your loved one shows this symptom, please self-isolate and phone a doctor.

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Fever

A high body temperature is usually the first symptom that a person infected with the Novel coronavirus shows.

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Strong Headache

This usually accompanies the high body temperature.

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Shortness Of Breath

Patients may have difficulty breathing - especially if they are older or have a preexisting health condition. This usually happens after Day 5 of the disease.

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Fatigue

Most infected persons experience tiredness. This is usually a mild symptom of Covid-19.

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Sore Throat

Several persons infected with the virus reported experiencing sore throat at the early stage of the disease.

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Prevention Measures Against the Virus

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

You too can get it. Anyone can get it. So everyone should avoid it.

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    Wash Your Hands For 30 Seconds

    Do this under a running tap with soap.

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    Cover Nose and Mouth When Sneezing

    Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

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    Wear A Mask If Available

    If you are going to a public place, wear a mask to protect yourself from the virus.

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Medical Bot

We have created a Bot to answer all your questions about coronavirus. Our new Bot has the robotic ability to connect you to your local Disease Control Authority. Use the chat widget to contact the Bot or email her directly for a robotic response.

How to Wash Your Hands

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

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Prevention Measures Against Coronavirus

Prevention Is Better Than Cure You too can get it. Anyone can get it. So everyone should avoid it..

What You Should Do

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Always Sanitize your hands using Alchoholic hand sanitizers

Beware of fake hand sanitizers in the African market. The most effective hand sanitizers are composed of 75% alchohol.

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Wear a face mask outside

If you must leave your home, make sure that you are wearing a face mask.

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Cover Nose and Mouth When Sneezing

Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

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Get Tested

Most countries have begun mass-testing and screening of their citizens. Don't hide from the officials. Get tested.

What You Should Avoid

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Avoid contact with sick people

Keep a distance from sick people. If your loved one is sick, encourage them to self-isolate.

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Avoid Contact With Animals

The virus has been reported to be transmitted from animal to humans. Avoid contacts with your pets.

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Avoid Crowded Places

Practise Social distancing. Avoid crowded places.

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Sanitize Contaminated Objects

Use surface sanitizers to disinfect all surfaces all the time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have provided answers to the most asked questions relating to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Feel free to ask your unique questions via the Live Chat.

  • Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?

    Not yet. To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. However, those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People with serious illness should be hospitalized. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care. Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19. The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue, and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing

  • Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet?

    We are aware of instances of animals and pets of COVID-19 patients being infected with the disease; As the intergovernmental body responsible for improving animal health worldwide, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has been developing technical guidance on specialised topics related to animal health, dedicated to veterinary services and technical experts (including on testing and quarantine); There is a possibility for some animals to become infected through close contact with infected humans. Further evidence is needed to understand if animals and pets can spread the disease; Based on current evidence, human to human transmission remains the main driver; It is still too early to say whether cats could be the intermediate host in the transmission of the COVID-19..

  • How long does the virus survive on surfaces?

    It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment). If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.

  • Why are we seeing the numbers increasing?

    The number of cases of COVID-19 being reported in Africa is rising due to increased laboratory testing and reporting across the country. The growing number of cases in part reflects the rapid spread of COVID-19. More detailed and accurate data will allow us to better understand and track the size and scope of the outbreak and strengthen prevention and response efforts.

  • Did 5G Cause Coronavirus?

    NO. Scientists have branded 5G claims as 'complete rubbish' "The idea that 5G lowers your immune system doesn't stand up to scrutiny," Dr Clarke says. "Your immune system can be dipped by all sorts of thing - by being tired one day, or not having a good diet. Those fluctuations aren't huge but can make you more susceptible to catching viruses." While very strong radio waves can cause heating, 5G is nowhere near strong enough to heat people up enough to have any meaningful effect. "Radio waves can disrupt your physiology as they heat you up, meaning your immune system can't function. But [the energy levels from] 5G radio waves are tiny and they are nowhere near strong enough to affect the immune system. There have been lots of studies on this."

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  • Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be spread through food, including restaurant take out, refrigerated or frozen packaged food?

    Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person to person through respiratory droplets. Currently, there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day use a tissue to cover your coughing or sneezing, and wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object, like a packaging container, that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging..

  • Will warm weather stop the outbreak of COVID-19?

    It is not yet known whether weather and temperature affect the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like those that cause the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.

  • What steps can my family take to reduce our risk of getting COVID-19?

    Practice everyday preventive actions to help reduce your risk of getting sick and remind everyone in your home to do the same. These actions are especially important for older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles). Launder items, including washable plush toys, as appropriate and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

  • Is COVID-19 airborne?

    The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall on floors or surfaces. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within 1 metre of a person who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.

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