The Coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of a virus that was discovered in China, December 2019. The virus develops to cause a disease known as Covid-19, which has not been previously identified in humans.
The virus spreads between people who are in close contact, within about six feet. It is transmitted by respiratory droplets, when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. The second way in which the virus is spread is when one person touches a surface or object that contains the virus and proceeds to touch their mouth, nose, or eyes.
Some of the most common signs of the virus include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more drastic cases, the virus can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and death.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic. This means that the virus can be transmitted from animals to humans. At the moment, there are several known coronaviruses which are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
As it stands, there is no antiviral treatment for the disease. People infected with the virus will receive support and healthcare to relieve the symptoms they may face. In addition to this, people who have contracted the virus, are asked to self-quarantine in their homes to prevent the spread of the virus any further. Since there is no vaccine for the Coronavirus, there are other standard recommendations to prevent infection from spreading.
#1 REGULARLY WASHING HANDS
Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Do this especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
#2 COVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE WHEN COUGHING AND SNEEZING
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser containing at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not readily available after you sneeze or cough.
#3 ENSURE YOUR AREA IS CLEAN AT ALL TIMES
Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipes.
#4 AVOID CLOSE CONTACT WITH ANYONE SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF RESPIRATORY ILLNESS
Avoid close contact with people who are sick or stay at home if you’re feeling sick.
At Emcom, employee health and safety is of utmost importance to us. All precautionary methods have been implemented to ensure our workers remain healthy at all times. The above information has been provided to safeguard and inform our clients of the new pandemic that we are now facing. When it comes to the security of our clients, there is no compromise.
So let’s use the information we have to reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19.
National Coronavirus Hotline – 0800 029 999
National Coronavirus WhatsApp Support Line – 0600 123 456
National Coronavirus Resource Portal – www.sacoronavirus.co.za