Panicking simply isn't going to help anybody. Read more on how to keep a level head and stay safe with our comprehensive guide.
As of this morning, there have been 150 confirmed cases of people infected with COVID-19 in South Africa, in places like Kwazulu Natal, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape. This has now led to an increase in measures taken by both our government and ourselves in order to minimise the risks involved should the virus continue to spread at such a rapid rate.
It's important to think carefully about the choice you make to maximise the safety of your loved ones. Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitiser throughout the day, minimising physical contact with others through social distancing and avoiding touching your eyes, mouth and face are just some of the ways you can prevent the spread of the virus.
It's very possible to become anxious in times like these, particularly over what we see in the media. We know that this is a very serious situation which was recently declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation as the virus has spread to over 163 countries to date with over 245 484 confirmed cases reported thus far.
Well in recent tests led by US Government - scientists have shown that the coronavirus can live for several hours in the air and for up to 3 days on some surfaces like metal, glass.
One thing to keep in mind is that the Coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs small droplets - packed with the virus - into the air. These can be breathed in or cause an infection if you touch a surface they have landed on and then touch a place where the virus can enter (like your eyes, nose or mouth).
Check out this video from BBC, it explains what the virus is in 60 seconds.
Keep a clear head - Panic seldom helps anything. In fact, it frequently makes things worse. Focus on the things you can control and make sure to get those right... one step at a time.
We compiled a list of things for you to think about doing when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus situation:
If you have a fever or a persistent cough, you should stay at home for seven days. The people you live with should stay at home for 14 days and have food, medicine and other essentials delivered - if you can.
Below are some vital steps that individuals can take to scale back their exposure to the virus and reduce spreading:
Here's some tips for workplace safety from the World Health Organisation (WHO)
Ok, so we know you might be a bit sad that the Boys 2 Men concert has been cancelled, not to mention the ODI series due to the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus. But look on the bright side, this might be saving lives and avoiding the spread of the virus.
This is basically for people that might have been exposed to the new coronavirus and are at risk of getting infected. Health experts recommend that one practice self-quarantine for at least 14 days, this would provide enough time to know if you might be infected and be contagious to other people.
You might also be asked to practice self-quarantine if you have recently returned from travelling or if you have knowingly been exposed to an infected person who has.
Once your quarantine period has ended, if you do not have symptoms, follow your doctor’s instructions on how to return to your normal routine.
Lastly, If you're planning on going on holiday rather avoid the trip, and If you make use of public transportation be safe and protect yourself.
Here are some examples of fake news and claims of cures on social media.
In recent news, there is about 35 companies and academic institutions that are racing to create a vaccine for COVID-19, at least four of which already have candidates starting with animals. The first of these – produced by Boston-based biotech firm Moderna – will enter human trials imminently. You can read more on that here
Memo Health Assistant would like to encourage everyone to stay safe, make use of the hygiene and preventative measure provided and most of all don't panic. We would also like to mention that should you experience any of the symptoms listed above you can book a doctors visit to get yourself checked using our app. Download it here free.
Our support team we will do their best to ensure any concerns, queries or comments regarding the current situation are answered, as well as to keep you up to date with how the situation progresses.