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COVID-19

3 Factors to help make safer choices

  1. Location: Open air spaces are safer than enclosed spaces
  2. Proximity: Farther away from others is safer that close together
  3. Time: Shorter time periods with others are safer

How to prepare in case someone gets sick in your household

  • Get your contacts ready
    • Health centre hotline
    • support network
      • for groceries
      • transport
      • childcare
  • Prepare the following:
    • stock up on regular medicines, masks, disinfectants
    • prepare an isolates space/separate room to keep distance from others

What to do if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19

  • Stay in a separate room and away from others
  • open windows frequently

What to do if someone is sick in the household

  • Isolate the sick person
  • Reduce contact with the virus
    • wear a mask
    • separate utensils used by the sick person from the utensils used by the healthy household members
    • disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Take care of the sick person
    • monitor their symptoms
    • pay special attention if the person is at high risk for serious illness
    • Ensure that the sick person rests and stays hydrates
  • Call a healthcare provider immediately if you see any of these danger signs:
    • difficulty breathing
    • loss of speech or mobility
    • confusion
    • chest pain

Shopping for Groceries

  • Always take sanitiser and a mask
  • Go outside of Peak hours to deduce risk
  • When inside the store
    • make a list to keep shopping time short
    • Keep at least 1 meter distance from others

When Visiting Family

  • Check in advance and ask
    • about time and visiting conditions
    • wear a mask
    • use sanitiser
    • Maintain Social Distance

How to prevent a third wave:

I am attending a small gathering or an event such as a wedding, a party or sports tournament. What precautions should I take to protect myself and others from getting infected with COVID-19?

  1. Always check local regulations before attending an event.
  2. Stay at home if you are feeling unwell.
  3. Always comply with the following 3 basic preventive measures:
  • Maintain at least 1 metre distance from others, and wear a mask if you cannot guarantee this distance.
  • Cover a sneeze or cough with a tissue or bent elbow, and immediately dispose of tissue in a closed-lid bin. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or with a hand sanitiser.

I am organising a small gathering or an event such as a wedding, a party or sports tournament. What precautions should I take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among guests?

  1. Always check local guidelines before planning your event.
  2. Brief guests about precautions before the event starts; during the event, remind guests of these precautions and ensure they are followed.
  3. Choose outdoor venues over indoor spaces – if indoors, ensure the area is well-ventilated.
  4. Minimize crowding by staggering arrivals and departures, numbering entries, designating seats/places and marking the floor to ensure physical distancing between people of at least one meter.
  5. Provide all necessary supplies – hand hygiene stations, hand sanitizer or soap and water, tissues, closed-lid bins, distance markers, masks.

COVID-19 Protocol:

Do’s:

  • Talk about COVID-19 & those who have been affected.
  • Speak accurately about the risk from COVID-19, based on scientific data and latest official health advice.
  • Talk positively & emphasise the effectiveness of prevention & treatment measures.
  • Emphasise on the effectiveness of hand washing, wearing a cloth mask & social distancing.

Don’ts

  • Attach locations or ethnicity to the disease.
  • Refer to people with the disease as “COVID-19 suspects” or suspected cases.
  • Talk about people “transmitting COVID-19”, “infecting others” or “spreading the virus”.
  • Repeat or share unverified information.
  • Dwell on the negative.

COVID-19 Hotline:

Nelson Mandela Bay - 041 405 9111

Sarah Baartman - 0800 222 233

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