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With the global spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus(COVID-19), it’s crucial for everyone to be equipped with information on how to avoid getting the virus and what to do if you, or a colleague, may have contracted the virus.
Read on to find out what’s known and all the tips you need to keep yourself, your colleagues, and your family safe.
WHAT DO WE KNOW?
- COVID-19 is a highly transmissible, respiratory illness that can provefatal under certain conditions.
- There is no vaccine available to provide protection from the virus.
- The best method of prevention is avoiding exposure.
- The virus most commonly spreads through:
breathing in droplets coughed or exhaled by someone who is ill; close personal contact such as shaking hands or touching others; touching an object or surface on which the virus is found and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes; and in rare cases, through fecal contamination.
- Most people (over 80%) infected with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and recover.
- Up to 5% of people go on to experience more serious illness, possibly requiring hospital care.
- Up to 2% of cases result in death. Risk of contracting the virus is based on age
(with people over 40 appearing to be more vulnerable than those under 40) and a weakened immune system (where those with diabetes, heart, and lung disease are more vulnerable to serious illness).
- Those who have contracted the virus may take up to 14 days to develop symptoms and no medication can be given during this period to combat the virus.
Symptoms include a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
Note that these symptoms could be the result of a cold or flu.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE THE VIRUS
Tell your healthcare provider about your recent travel history and any history of known contact with a person who has, or may have, the virus.
Remain at home for 14 days or get clearance from your treating healthcare provider to come back to work.
IF YOU NEED TO TRAVEL
Make sure you have the latest information on areas where COVID-19 has spread to.
If you have to travel to locations reporting COVID-19, make sure you’re briefed by a qualified professional (e.g. staff from health services or a health care provider).
Over and above the precautions mentioned above, you can choose to wear a face mask. Be sure to cover your mouth and nose, and avoid touching the mask once it’s on.
Immediately discard single-used masks after each use and wash hands after removing the mask.
Eat only well-cooked food.
When you return from travelling, monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days and take your temperature twice a day.
WHAT TO AVOID WHEN TRAVELLING
- Contact with sick animals.
- Markets where live animals are sold.
- Contact with stray animals, waste and fluids in roads and markets.
- Travel if you have symptoms of COVID-19.