VIRUS PREVEN­TION TIPS

Pretoria News - - METRO - CHELSEA NTULI [email protected]

DE­SPITE in­for­ma­tion be­ing widely avail­able, many peo­ple are still mis­in­formed and don’t know much about the ins and outs of the spread and preven­tion of the Covid-19.

◆ To take care of your health and pro­tect

oth­ers, do the fol­low­ing:

◆ Reg­u­larly and thor­oughly clean your hands with an al­co­hol-based rub or wash them with soap and wa­ter. This is im­por­tant to kill viruses that may be on your hands.

◆ Main­tain at least 1m dis­tance be­tween your­self and any­one who is cough­ing or sneez­ing. When some­one coughs or sneezes, they spray small liq­uid droplets from their nose or mouth which may con­tain virus.

◆ Avoid touch­ing eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many sur­faces and can pick up viruses. Once con­tam­i­nated, hands can trans­fer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can en­ter your body.

◆ Make sure you, and the peo­ple around you, fol­low good res­pi­ra­tory hy­giene. This means cov­er­ing your mouth and nose with your bent el­bow or tis­sue when you cough or sneeze. Then dis­pose of the used tis­sue im­me­di­ately.

◆ World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Benedetta Al­le­granzi em­pha­sised it was dif­fi­cult to de­tect the virus in the early stages. “Stay home if you feel un­well. If you have a fever, cough and dif­fi­culty breath­ing, seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion and call in ad­vance. Fol­low the di­rec­tions of your lo­cal health au­thor­ity.”

◆ The most com­mon con­fu­sion making the rounds was whether wear­ing a mask helped or not. The or­gan­i­sa­tion said if healthy, you only need to wear a mask if tak­ing care of a per­son with a sus­pected in­fec­tion.

◆ The Depart­ment of Health also ad­vised the pub­lic to save the masks for health prac­ti­tion­ers who needed them most.

◆ Kgothatso Ku­tumela, who works at Makro in Sil­ver Lakes, said she wore a mask be­cause she didn’t know who had the virus or not.

◆ “They don’t al­low us to wear masks at work be­cause they said we are not sick. I just don’t feel safe any­more,” she said.

◆ She ad­vised other su­per­mar­kets to have con­tin­u­ous com­mu­ni­ca­tion with their staff mem­bers to help keep ev­ery­one calm and pre­vent spec­u­la­tions.

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