- People who have recently travelled to countries affected by COVID 19 in the past 14 days. Anyone who gets in close contact with confirmed COVID 19 cases or their contacts is also at risk of getting infected with SARS COV 2 virus.
- Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
Is there a vaccine?
- There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID 19.
- The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Is there a treatment?
There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID 19. People with Coronavirus Disease of 2019 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms and manage complications. The current management protocols include the use of an adaptation of Management of Coronaviruses such as MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV.
How can Health Workers protect themselves?
- By implementing standard universal precautions such as hand washing and correct use of the standard personal protective equipment (PPE) e.g. examination gloves, surgical masks and gowns, for all patients at all times.
- When treating suspected or confirmed COVID -19 cases, requires additional PPE for health care workers such as gloves, face shield /googles, face masks, scrubs and gown.
- A particulate respirator (N95 or higher) should be worn when performing aerosol generating procedures
Produced by Health Education Services of the Ministry of Health