What is Corona Virus Disease 2019 or COVID19?
Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID19) is a new respiratory illness that can be spread from person to person via droplets and is caused by the SARS-COV-2 virus
How is COVID19 spread?
COVID19 is spread through contact with droplets produced by a person who is sneezing or coughing or contaminated surfaces or objects.
What are the symptoms of COVID19?
COVID19 can cause symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath
How do I get in touch with the Ministry of Health Hotline?
They can be contacted directly by calling 0729471414 & 0732353535 or calling 719 or texting - *719#
What should I do if I think that I have COVID – 19 symptoms?
Call the Ministry of Health Hotline for further instructions and self-quarantine.
What personal infection prevention measures can I take?
Washing your hands with soap and running water frequently or using an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Note after you must wash your hands after sanitising your hands on three consecutive occasions.
Keeping a social distance of at least 1.5 metres or 2-3 steps from people with flu-like symptoms.
Avoiding shaking hands, hugging or kissing with people with flu-like symptoms. Elbow bumps and foot taps are encouraged.
Staying at home and avoiding travel when you have flu-like symptoms.
Is there a treatment for COVID-19?
There is no specific treatment. However, many of the symptoms can be treated and therefore treatment is given based on the patient’s clinical condition. Moreover, supportive care for infected persons can be highly effective.
Is there a vaccine for a COVID-19?
As this is a new disease, there is no vaccine at the moment