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What is Covid - 19?

According to Wikipedia: The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China in December 2019 and recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.

The virus primarily spreads between people in a way similar to influenza, via respiratory droplets from coughing. The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically five days, but may range from two to fourteen days. Symptoms are most often fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. Complications may include pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. There is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment, but research is ongoing. Efforts are aimed at managing symptoms and supportive therapy. Recommended preventive measures include handwashing, covering the mouth when coughing, maintaining distance from other people (particularly those who are unwell), and monitoring and self-isolation for fourteen days for people who suspect they are infected.

What is the Incubation Period?

According to healthline.com: An incubation period is the time between when you contract a virus and when your symptoms start. Currently, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source, the incubation period for the novel coronavirus is somewhere between 2 to 14 days after exposure. According to a recent report, more than 97 percent of people who contract SARS-CoV-2 show symptoms within 11.5 days of exposure. The average incubation period seems to be around 5 days. However, this estimate may change as we learn more about the virus.

How is the virus transmitted?

SARS-CoV-2 spreads mostly from person to person through close contact or from droplets that are scattered when a person with the virus sneezes or coughs. The novel coronavirus is highly contagious, which means it spreads easily from person to person. According to the CDC, people who have the virus are most contagious when they’re showing symptoms of COVID-19. Although it’s much less common, there’s a possibility that someone who is infected with the coronavirus can transmit the virus even if they’re not showing symptoms. It’s also possible that the virus can be transmitted via touching virus-contaminated surfaces and then touching your mouth or nose. However, this isn’t the main way the novel coronavirus spreads.

Please Note:

While the information feeds we use for positive cases are updated frequently, sites providing other statistics are not updated at the same rate and may therefore not be accurate. We update these statistics as soon as we get hold of the information and we apologise for any confusion that this may cause.

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Cases per Province

Province New Cases Total
Eastern Cape 25
Free State 85
Gauteng 693
KZN 232
Limpopo 18
Mpumalanga 18
Western Cape 433
Northern Cape 7
North West 11
     
Details not yet published 63 63
Grand Total 63 1585

Epidemic Curve

SA vs The world

South Africa Daily Update

Coronavirus: Confirmed cases rise to 1585 in South Africa and 9 confirmed deaths

According to Newslite SA:
As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 1585. This is an increase of 80 from yesterday’s (03 April) reported cases.

According to Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize, they have received a report from KZN Health MEC, Ms. Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu that KwaZulu-Natal has 11 confirmed COVID-19 cases linked to St Augustine’s Hospital, in Durban. Furthermore, 3 of the deceased patients from KZN had been admitted to the hospital.

The COVID-19 positive cases include patients, health workers, and other staff members. The KZN Department of Health and Netcare management agreed that the affected sections of the hospital be closed and no new patient admissions be permitted. This is a precautionary measure to allow for a thorough identification of areas within the hospital where there may have been infection control lapses says the Minister.

Mkhize says the areas that were exposed to positive patients are also being disinfected. At this stage, more than 150 tests have been conducted within the hospital and contact tracing is underway. The Health Department has advised that more tests be done on both staff and patients in order to determine the true extent of the existence of the infection in the facility, which may call for further interventions.

This Item last updated 4 April 2020

What to do?

Don't Panic

Don't Panic

There is no need to panic – 82% of COVID-19 cases are mild: patients only experience a slight fever, fatigue and a cough.
Only about 6% of patients need intensive care.
The vast majority of people can stay at home and get better without hospital treatment.

Symptoms

Symptoms

The most common symptoms are:
Cough
Fever
Sore throat
Shortness of breath

Preventative Tips

Wash your hands regularly with soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Lockdown Guidelines

COVID-19 Self-Quarantine Guidelines

Who should self-quarantine?

Self-quarantine for COVID-19 is recommended for individuals who have been directly exposed to the virus or who have traveled to areas where there are large numbers of people infected in order to prevent further transmission.

Self-quarantine steps

  • Stay home. Only go out if you need medical care.
  • Monitor your symptoms: Fever, cough, shortness of breath.
  • Get medical attention as soon as possible if you become ill.
  • Make sure you know, and follow, the steps to seeking care.

Steps to seek care

  • Call your healthcare facility and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
  • Monitor your symptoms: Fever, cough, shortness of breath.
  • Ask your healthcare professional to inform the NICD.

Self-quarantine practises

  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. If you can, use a separate bathroom.
  • Facemasks should be used to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. Cough or sneeze into the fold of your elbow. Alternatively, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean your hands often. With soap and water for at least 20 seconds or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean surfaces like counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables every day.

Coming into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?

What now?

The incubation period (time from infection to showing symptoms) ranges between 2 to 14 days. If you develop any symptoms in this timeframe, you will have to be tested for the virus.

Why not just test me immediately?

It takes time for the virus to multiply to a level where we can detect it with laboratory techniques.

Can’t you just give me medicine in case I do have it?

Since this is a virus, any treatment is supportive – that means the symptoms are treated, but there is no medicine to kill the virus, you need to allow your body’s immune system to kill the virus.

What should I do?

We are requesting you to self-quarantine. This means that although you do not have symptoms yet, you need to stay away from people to prevent the virus from spreading more.

But can I give the virus to someone even if I don’t feel bad?

Yes, evidence suggest that you may be able to pass the virus to someone else even before you show symptoms.

What am I supposed to do?

It is advised to stay at home during the monitoring period. To protect those around you:

  • Clean your hands frequently, using an alcohol-based hand rub or soap
  • Keep a distance from healthy individuals (not showing respiratory symptoms) as much as possible (at least 1 meter)
  • Wear a medical mask as frequently possible
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with disposable paper tissue, or cough and sneeze into your elbow. Dispose of the material after use and clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Improve airflow in living spaces at home by opening windows and door as much as possible

How will I be monitored?

We will send you a link via email every day to ask you if you are experiencing any symptoms. Please click on the link and answer the questions every day, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do not have access to email or internet, someone will call you every day to ask if you are experiencing symptoms. Please ensure that you will be available to provide this information.

How long will I be monitored?

For 14 days after the last time you had contact with the person who had a confirmed infection with 2019-nCoV.

What symptoms should I be looking out for?

A measured body temperature of 38°C or more, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, myalgia or body pains, diarrhoea (passage of three or more loose or liquid stools per day).

I have symptoms, should I wait for the email or call?

No, as soon as you develop symptoms, please contact the hotline immediately.

What will happen then?

Depending on which symptoms and the severity, we will collect a swab from you and test for the virus.

How to protect your mental health

How to protect your mental health

Coronavirus has plunged the world into uncertainty and the constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless. All of this is taking its toll on people's mental health, particularly those already living with conditions like anxiety and OCD. So how can we protect our mental health?

Being concerned about the news is understandable, but for many people it can make existing mental health problems worse.

When the World Health Organization released advice on protecting your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, it was welcomed on social media.

As Anxiety UK's Nicky Lidbetter explains, the fear of being out of control and unable to tolerate uncertainty are common characteristics of many anxiety disorders. So it's understandable that many individuals with pre-existing anxiety are facing challenges at the moment.

"A lot of anxiety is rooted in worrying about the unknown and waiting for something to happen - coronavirus is that on a macro scale," agrees Rosie Weatherley, spokesperson for mental health charity Mind.

So how can we protect our mental health?

Limit the news and be careful what you read.
Reading lots of news about coronavirus has led to panic attacks for Nick, a father-of-two from Kent, who lives with anxiety.

"When I'm feeling anxious my thoughts can spiral out of control and I start thinking about catastrophic outcomes," he says. Nick is worried about his parents and other older people he knows.
"Usually when I suffer I can walk away from a situation. This is out of my control," he says.

Having long periods away from news websites and social media has helped him to manage his anxiety. He has also found support helplines, run by mental health charities such as AnxietyUK, useful.

Limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching things which aren't making you feel better.

Perhaps decide on a specific time to check in with the news. There is a lot of misinformation swirling around - stay informed by sticking to trusted sources of information such as government and NHS websites

Have breaks from social media and mute things which are triggering.

Alison, 24, from Manchester, has health anxiety and feels compelled to stay informed and research the subject. But at the same time she knows social media can be a trigger.

"A month ago I was clicking on hashtags and seeing all this unverified conspiracy rubbish and it would make me really anxious and I would feel really hopeless and cry," she says.

Now she is careful about which accounts she tunes into and is avoiding clicking on coronavirus hashtags. She is also trying hard to have time away from social media, watching TV or reading books instead.

Mute key words which might be triggering on Twitter and unfollow or mute accounts.

Mute WhatsApp groups and hide Facebook posts and feeds if you find them too overwhelming.

The Statistics

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