Clinically known as SARS-Cov-2, an abbreviation for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus 2 is responsible for causing the COVID- 19 disease. Transmission occurs when an infected person sneezes or coughs on you leaving the droplets on your skin or clothes. It can also be spread when you touch the clothes or skin of an infected person or any other contaminated surface like a door handle. It gains entry into your body through the nose, mouth or eyes.
COVID-19 symptoms are similar to those of a common cold or flu i.e. fever, cough, headache and difficulty in breathing.
The disease has caused quite a scare all over the globe with countries cancelling flights to worst hit regions. Major sports leagues and matches have been postponed due to the pandemic. In music and entertainment, some top caliber events like the American South by South West festival have been cancelled.
Businesses all over the world have taken a huge blow with stock exchange markets recording low trading days. The tourism and hospitality sector have also been affected due to the travelling bans that countries have put in place as a safety measure.
Kenya reported its first case on Friday when a 27 year old who had traveled from the US through London tested positive for the virus. The government is stepping up its efforts to contain and stop the spread of the virus. All schools should be closed by Friday this week in response to the government’s directive. Kenya has blocked entry for non residents into the country by cancelling flights. All foreigners who entered the country in the last 14 days have been ordered to self-quarantine while companies have been called upon to allow their staff to work from home if they can. This has sent some people panic shopping in preparation for the unknown.
The Ministry of health has advised people to take the following prevention measures;
The ministry of health has also started an initiative whereby one can dial *719*# or 719 for more information about the disease .Citizens have been advised to consult a doctor or call this toll free number 0800721316 if they have any of the symptoms mentioned or suspect that they might have been infected. There are two medical labs in the country where tests can be carried out, laboratories at the National influenza center hosted at the National Public Health labs and KEMRI. Counties have been requested to provide facilities with the necessary items required to curb the disease just in case they receive a patient(s) .
In the meantime, stay safe and protected .Remember Safety starts with you!