Prevention Strategies of Coronavirus
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
- Maintain basic hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms. Maintain social distancing.
- Stay home if you’re sick
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Avoid non-essential travel when you have flu-like symptoms.
- Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
- Report fever, cough and shortness of breath to the nearest health facility.
For further information contact Ministry of Health through hotline numbers:
08007211316, 0732353535, 0729471414.
Suspected cases in Kenya can be reported to the Ministry of Health through hotline numbers:
Supporting Sources: www.cdc.gov