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How to prevent novel coronavirus

SA Residents urged to follow preventative measures - government monitors the Coronavirus

The National Department of Health continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving developments surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak and has confirmed that there is no case of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in South Africa.

PORT health professionals routinely conducts temperature screening on all international travellers, however, due to the current risk of importation of inadvertent cases of 2019-nCoV from Wuhan City, in China, Port Health authorities have enhanced surveillance of all travellers from Asia, especially China.

OR Tambo and Cape Town International Airports are the only ports of entry with direct flights from Asia.

At this stage there is no vaccine for Novel Coronavirus although there is a lot of work going into developing a vaccine.

“There is still no recommendation to restrict travel or trade with China. We have not put any restriction on travel or trade between China and South Africa although we do continue to advise that non-essential travel should be delayed until the situation abates,” said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. He added that basic health prevention strategies remain the mainstay of controlling the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.

REVENTATIVE MEASURE

Avoid contact with someone that exhibits flu - like symptoms.

Ensure regular hand washing.

Do not sneeze or cough into your hand.

Don’t consume undercooked or raw meat.

COMMON SIGNS OF INFECTION INCLUDE:

Respiratory symptoms

Fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Reliable, credible information on the Novel Coronavirus can obtained from the Word Health Organisation website and social media pages, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases website and social media pages and the Department of Health website and social media pages.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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