As many communities in Kenya begin to slowly reopen and resume some regular activities that were restricted or closed due to the Coronavirus, Dr. Noah Akala, Public Health Specialist, recommends social distancing measures for the indefinite future.
“Multiple studies now demonstrate the high risk of asymptomatic transmission of the virus by people who don’t know they are infected with the virus,” says Dr. Akala.
“Social distancing limits the opportunity the virus has to infect the next person, and this curbs transmission from one person to the next.”
It is vital to note, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
The African CDC and the Kenya Ministry of Health offers these recommendations to prevent illness:
– Stay at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
– Wear a face mask while in public spaces, especially when using public transit.
– Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
– Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
– Avoid touching your face and mouth.
– If you are not feeling well, stay home. – Contact your medical provider for advice if you are concerned.
– Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water.
– Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
“Good hand hygiene is the most important direct action you can take to prevent introducing the virus into your body through touching your eyes, nose or mouth,” says Dr. Akala. “It is a proven method, and, when done properly, is highly effective.”