CORONAVIRUS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

In March, the President of South Africa declared a national state of disaster, announcing emergency measures to mitigate the severity of the impact of the Coronavirus. These measures are essential to protect our nation, but they will undoubtedly cause a further unprecedented decline in economic activity.

“The world is facing a medical emergency greater than in a century,” said Mr Ramaphosa.

We find ourselves in unchartered waters. This is no time to start panicking. It is time to stand united and in solidarity to minimise the potential far-reaching impact of the deep health and economic crisis we are facing.

In tough economic times, it is especially important that you remain money savvy and safeguard your income and savings.  Remain invested in order to reach your long-term goal.

Hold on through the hard times, and take steps to protect your health and future.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has given standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of the disease, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices.

Make sure you:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough;
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.
  • Visit your nearest clinic or doctor if you have flu symptoms, a fever or a dry cough.

 

Hold on through the hard times, and take steps to protect your health and future.

 

 

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