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What is Covid - 19?

According to Wikipedia: The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first noted in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, in December 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020 and recognized it as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 7 April 2020, more than 1.34 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in over 200 countries and territories, resulting in approximately 74,800 deaths. More than 284,000 people have recovered.

The virus is mainly spread during close contact and by small droplets produced when those infected cough, sneeze or talk. These small droplets may also be produced during breathing; however, they rapidly fall to the ground or surfaces and are not generally spread through the air over large distances. People may also become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then their face. The virus can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours. It is most contagious during the first three days after onset of symptoms, although spread may be possible before symptoms appear and in later stages of the disease. The time from exposure to onset of symptoms is typically around five days, but may range from two to 14 days. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Complications may include pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. There is no known vaccine or specific antiviral treatment. Primary treatment is symptomatic and supportive therapy. Recommended preventive measures include hand washing, covering one's mouth when coughing, maintaining distance from other people, and monitoring and self-isolation 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 Confirmed cases Deaths Recoveries
Western Cape 14740 281 6525
Gauteng 2773 29 1840
KZN 1815 49 1111
Eastern Cape 2690 59 1335
Free State 202 6 121
Limpopo 128 3 53
North West 94 1 29
Mpumalanga 101 0 58
Northern Cape 20 1 28
Details not yet published 0 0 0
Grand Total 22583 429 11100

SA vs The world

South Africa Daily Update

Coronavirus: 22 583 confirmed cases and 429 deaths in South Africa

According to Department of Health:
As announced by His Excellency, President MC Ramaphosa, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa today (25 May) is 22 583.

Reported Deaths

Regrettably, we report 22 more COVID-19 related deaths- this brings the total national deaths to 429.

We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased and thank the health care workers who treated these patients.

The total number of recoveries is 11 100 with 11 483 active cases.

This translates to a recovery rate of 49%. This is above the global recovery rate which is 42%.

This Item last updated 25 May 2020

Lockdown Alert Levels from the 1st of May 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.

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.

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