As concerns grow around the world about the corona virus outbreak, here are some key facts to know about the virus and how to prevent it.

How To Stay Safe

What is Covid - 19 ?

According to W.H.O Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.

In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold and severe diseases like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS . The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  -Aches and pains
  -Nasal congestion
  -Runny nose
  -Sore throat

How do I prevent it?

Wash your hands properly for up to 20 seconds. Maintain personal hygiene. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing or use a tissue. Avoid spitting in public. Be informed on latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and Ministry of Health.

What does the World Health Organization (WHO) say?

  - If cold/flu symptoms, opt to self-quarantine
  - If cough/fever, make sure you go to the hospital
  - If you have breathing difficulties, treat this as an emergency

Who is at risk?

While we are still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others.

  -Blood pressure
  -Heart disease
  -Lung disease
  -Cancer or diabetes

Should I wear a mask to protect myself?

Only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19. Disposable face mask can only be used once. If you are not ill or looking after someone who is ill then you are wasting a mask. There is a world-wide shortage of masks, so WHO urges people to use masks wisely.

Is it safe to receive a package from any area where COVID-19 has been reported?

Yes. The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.

What to do if you feel unwell:

Seek medical attentions through:
  -Call: Toll-free lines 0800 721 316
  -Hotlines 0729 471 414 / 0732 353 535
  -Ambulance hotlines are as follows:
    -St John's Ambulance: 0732175000 or 0721611555
    -E-Plus Medical Services: 0717714938
    -Rescue: 0715929401