In a quest to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe, we have compiled several preventive measures that you should adhere to keep Coronavirus at bay.
Coronavirus and preventative measures
The first suspected coronavirus case has been reported in Kenya, following a student from China being admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital with flu-like symptom. We aim to inform the public on ways to avoid exposure to these viruses.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause symptoms of the common cold, however have been shown to cause more serious respiratory illnesses and has claimed over 100 deaths. Currently there is no vaccine to prevent the infection, therefore we must follow the below preventive actions daily to help tackle the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard the tissue in the rubbish.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as door/toilet handles, taps etc.
Recent travel to China?
If you feel sick with fever or a cough or have difficulty breathing, you should:
- Seek medical care right away. Before you visit a doctor or hospital, call ahead and inform them about your recent travel and symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Do not travel while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
For those planning on travelling:
- Avoid non-essential travel to Hubei, including the province’s capital, Wuhan.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Discuss travel to China with your health care provider. Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease.
- Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
There is currently work being done globally testing market antivirals for the treatment of coronavirus, however there is no specific antiviral treatment for coronavirus. Those found to be infected will receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms and support vital organ functions.