Corona Virus-19 Hits SA


Before we get into the details try to remember that the way to avoid Corona Virus is to be hygienic and clean, something most of us should focus on more, and you will be fine.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) on Thursday 5th March 2020 confirmed South Africa’s first case of Covid-19, commonly referred to as the corona virus.

 Health minister Zweli Mkhize has briefed parliament about the disease on Thursday 5th March 2020

“The patient is a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy with his wife. They were part of a group of 10 people and they arrived back in South Africa on 1 March 2020,” said the department in a statement.

The patient has been self-isolating since consulting a private general practitioner on March 3 for his symptoms, which included fever, headache, malaise and a sore throat and cough. The practice nurse took swabs and delivered it to the lab. 

The Emergency Operating Centre (EOC) has identified the contacts by interviewing the patient and doctor. 

The tracer team has been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal with epidemiologists and clinicians from the NICD. 

The doctor who diagnosed the Covid-19 has been self-isolated as well.

It is important to remember that while Corona Virus is catchy it is preventable. We will share more tips soon but for now, remain calm.. this is just another virus.

Tips to avoid and fight Corona Virus:

  • Use a tissue to press/push any public buttons like at an ATM/Elevator/card machine/parking lot buttons
  • Wash your hands as often as possible after interacting with people
  • Avoid shaking hands with new people
  • Keep your immune system strong
  • Avoid touching escalators

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