On Sunday 15 March 2020, the President of South Africa declared a national state of disaster, announcing emergency measures to mitigate the severity of the impact of the Coronavirus. These measures are essential to protect our nation.
“The world is facing a medical emergency greater than in a century,” said Mr Ramaphosa.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has given standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of the decease, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices.
Make sure you:
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
- When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough;
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
- When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
- The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.
- Visit your nearest clinic or doctor if you have flu symptoms.
Hold on through the hard times, and take steps to protect your health and future.
The Transport Sector Retirement Fund walks with you. Together, we will overcome.
Information Source: World Health Organisation