ABOUT COVID19 IN KENYA
To prevent a country wide outbreak of COVID19, the Government of Kenya (GoK) is implementing actions designed to reduce exposure to the disease through measures that include self-quarantine, quarantine of people who have travelled from high risk countries (and now all travelers), and any other high risk cases reported by the public. GoK is encouraging people to stay and work from home and has effected a nationwide curfew putting in place a national dusk till dawn curfew beginning 27 March 2020 (7p.m. to 5am). Other measures include closure of schools, churches, restaurants and entertainment places as well as limiting social gatherings (for example, presently only close family members can attend funerals). Counties are also putting in place different measures that have included closure of public fresh-produce markets, asking businesses and traders to ensure there is water and soap in premises as well as advocating for handwashing and physical distancing in social places. On 6 April 2020, in addition to the nationwide curfew, the President announced there shall be cessation of all movement by road, rail or air in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan Area and the counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa; movement in and outside the affected four counties, which will be restricted and supervised by the National Police Service. On 25th April, 2020, the restrictions were extended by another 21 days by the President.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
COVID-19 can cause severe symptoms like fever, cough, headache, body aches and difficulty in breathing.
Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow
down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.
At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.
MINISTRY OF HEALTH GUIDELINES
Signs and symptoms
High body temperature
Coughing and sneezing
How is COVID19 spread?
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths and noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Through close contact with a COVID19 infected person
By touching objects and surfaces contaminated by the Coronavirus and then touching your mouth nose or eyes.
How can I protect myself and others?
Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Maintain social distancing of at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses.
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
What does self quarantine entail?
stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if available.Disinfect surfaces and clothing.
Ensure surfaces in the household are cleaned and disinfected.
Avoid sharing household items.Wash this items thoroughly after use.
Clean your hands with soap and running water for up to 20 seconds.if that is not available,clean with alcohol based hand sanitizer.
No visitors unless the person needs to be in your home.
wear a facemask if you must be around other people.