Coronavirus South Africa, what you need to know

As of 11th March 2020, The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the COVID-19 ( coronavirus ) a worldwide pandemic. Almost 125,000 cases have now been reported to WHO, from 118 countries and territories as of 12th March 2020. Articles referenced from WHO website links below :

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the Mission briefing on COVID-19 – 12 March 2020

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 11 March 2020

As of today, 12th March 2020, there have been 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southern Africa – a resourced article from NICD (National Institute for Communicable Diseases).  To prevent panic it is always best to be informed and educated to help prevent further cases and incorrect information being spread about COVID-19.

For more information contact the COVID-19 public hotline: 0800 029 999

Below are basic Q & A’s to help to better understand this disease and precautions you can take to help keep you and yours safe. Information sourced from the NICD website.

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COVID-19 PREVENTION – source NICD website

We urge the public to continue practising hand hygiene and cough etiquette, and adhering to the following:
  • Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
  • Practice frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.
  • Avoid visiting markets where live animals are sold.
  • Travellers with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing and wash hands).
  • Health practitioners should provide travellers with information to reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infections, via travel health clinics, travel agencies, conveyance operators and at points of entry. Travellers should self-report if they feel ill.

For more information contact the COVID-19 public hotline: 0800 029 999

ADVICE FOR TRAVELLERS RETURNING FROM COUNTRIES WITH WIDESPREAD SUSTAINED (ONGOING) TRANSMISSION

What To Do When You Return To South Africa?

There are currently no travel restrictions recommended. Asymptomatic persons may return to activities of daily life whilst carefully monitoring themselves for symptoms. If symptoms develop, they are to self-isolate immediately and implement measures to prevent transmission, including meticulous hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene (covering of mouth with tissues or facial mask), and seek health care immediately.

Persons should make contact with their preferred health provider and request assistance. They should inform their provider when they will be arriving for care, so that the provider may prepare appropriate infection prevention control (IPC) measures prior to their arrival (see NICD/NDOH guidelines and WHO guidelines).

Once at the provider, they should identify themselves at reception as being at risk for COVID-19, and seek advice regarding IPC and where to sit while awaiting care. In cases where it is difficult to assess the onset of symptoms, for example in young children or the elderly, self-quarantine for 14 days after return may be considered as a precautionary measure. In instances where the risk to life and livelihood is considered high, institutions or companies may consider asking persons to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days.

For more information contact the COVID-19 public hotline: 0800 029 999

If you are thinking of / will be travelling, here is a Daily updates of countries, territories and areas with local transmission of COVID-19.

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Stay safe, stay informed, be vigilant!

The Mohabbat family

All information provided above is sourced from the NICD and WHO websites – links are supplied.  Please do not be prone to rumours and unverified information.  Stay informed, verify information supplied and educate those around us.