COVID-19: Advice for the public
There’s currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.
Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
“With COVID-19 officially declared a pandemic, all countries in Africa must act,” WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said.
“Every country can still change the course of this pandemic by scaling up its emergency preparedness or response. Cases may still be low in Africa and we can keep it that way with robust all-of-government actions to fight the new coronavirus.”
There are now 147 confirmed cases in Africa in 15 countries, and there have been four COVID-19-related deaths.
Currently, South Sudan has no suspect or confirmed case of the COVID-19. However the public and travellers should cooperate with health workers and practice the following preventive measures:
Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze.
Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell.
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