COVID 19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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?
The commonest symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appearing as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
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 sanitizing your hands on three consecutive occasions.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Keeping a social distance of at least 1.5 meters 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.
What should I do if I think that I have COVID – 19 symptoms?
Seek medical attention if you have these symptoms or have travelled abroad or if you have been in contact with someone who travelled abroad in the last 14 days or if you had contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected to have COVID-19. . If you meet the criteria for self-quarantine you will be advised to do so for the recommended number days. In the case of a positive test the Ministry of Health will conduct contact tracing.
Is there any specific treatment for COVID-19?
It being a novel virus, there is no treatment yet.
How serious is COVID-19?
The disease is usually a mild to moderate respiratory infection, however in the elderly or those with immunocompression, it may lead to severe pneumonia and be fatal.
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