Coronavirus or COVID-19, is on everyone’s mind. And with good reason! Never before have we seen a virus bring the whole world to a standstill in the hopes of “slowing the spread”. And as expected, the worldwide chaos and uncertainty has been met with the spread of fake news. Fortunately, the South African Department of Health has put together this website, which is updated daily with relevant and trustworthy COVID-19 news.
How can you slow the spread?
As of midnight 26th March, South Africa went into a nationwide lockdown with strict rules and regulations in place. The lockdown protocol requires all South Africans to stay home except for essential services. When, and if, you do need to leave the house, these are the following precautions to take as advised by the National Health Department of South Africa.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer,
- Avoid touching your eyes, nows and mouth with unwashed hands,
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick,
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin, and
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Another good way to slow the spread is to wear a face mask. Dr Piet Streicher, the founder of Parents Corner, has put together this insightful piece on how and why we should wear face masks when leaving the home, you can read about it here.