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Coronavirus<h2 class="sectHeading">What is coronavirus?</h2><p>The coronavirus (Covid-19) disease is a newly discovered respiratory illness similar to flu but is more contagious and has a greater risk of complications. The WHO has declared it a pandemic, and has issued guidelines on reducing the risk of infection. Four out of five people who contract the disease will experience only mild symptoms and will recover without treatment. Older persons and those with underlying health conditions are at risk of developing severe symptoms including life-threatening pneumonia.</p> <span> <div class="infographic bg-font-adjust-bg">​​​​​​​​​​ <figure> <img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:69px;" /></figure> <figcaption> <p> <span class="infoGraphicSpan"> <strong>SHOW OUR STAFF THAT YOU CARE!<br></strong><br>Leave a message of support for our essential workers.</span></p> <a title="title" class="btn dark-blue" href="" target="_blank">leave a message</a> </figcaption> </div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Causes and symptoms of coronavirus</h2><p>The coronavirus (Covid-19) is a highly contagious viral respiratory disease that spreads through close contact with infected persons. </p><h4>Transmission can occur when:</h4><ul><li>an infected person coughs or sneezes, releasing droplets into the air that contain the virus which then infects healthy persons.</li><li>you touch contaminated surfaces or objects and then transfer the germs to your face, nose or eyes and become ill. </li></ul><p>Everyone is at risk of infection, but older persons (>60 years), those with underlying health conditions, and those with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible.</p><h4>Common signs of infection include:</h4><ul><li>coughing;</li><li>breathing difficulties; and</li><li>fever.</li></ul><p>In severe cases, the disease may result in pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death (Source: <a href="" target="_blank">World Health Organisation website<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>).</p><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Preventing the spread of coronavirus</h2><p>By taking a few simple precautions, you can greatly reduce the spread of the virus.</p><ul><li>Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to reduce the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).</li><li>Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands as the virus spreads via contact.</li><li>Make sure that you cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing as small droplets that come out of your nose and mouth can carry germs. Throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve.</li><li>Avoid close contact (1-2 metres) with people who have a fever and a cough.</li><li>Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, telephones and tables with soap and water.</li><li>If you become ill, please stay at home and isolate yourself from others to prevent the spread of the infection.</li><li>Seek early medical attention and phone ahead to advise the facility of your condition. </li></ul><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​When to seek medical assistance</h2><p>If you experience flu-like symptoms, including:</p><ul><li>a cough;</li><li>a sore throat;</li><li>shortness of breath; or</li><li>a fever (>38C)</li></ul><p>and you have come into close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus (Covid-19) or have travelled within the last 14 days, then you should contact your nearest healthcare provider to arrange for a consultation.</p><p> <b>Do not arrive without a prior medical appointment. </b>If you suspect that you may have contracted the virus, then self-isolate for at least 14 days to prevent the spread of the disease.</p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>COVID-19 testing</h4><p> Healthcare providers will only screen patients for coronavirus (Covid-19) if they are exhibiting symptoms as there is limited laboratory capacity.</p></div></div></span> <p>For further assistance, call the National Institute for Communicable Diseases Hotline on <a><em>0800 029 999</em></a> or the Western Cape Government Hotline on <a><em>021 928 4102</em></a>.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Contacts​​​​​​​</h2><p>For more information and general enquiries about Covid-19, WhatsApp <em>'Hi'</em> to:</p><h4>Department of Health</h4><p>WhatsApp: <em> <a>060 012 3456</a></em></p><h4>World Health Organisation </h4><p>WhatsApp: <em> <a>022 501 76 15</a></em></p> <img title="COVID-19" class="responsive" alt="COVID-19" src="" /> <br>GP0|#1ec440f9-b422-4b16-83e2-481df060e8f1;L0|#01ec440f9-b422-4b16-83e2-481df060e8f1|Coronavirus;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#d65ab879-2884-426b-a380-7b8f9433c812;GPP|#090e430c-3809-42d5-a80b-caea93b2beaf;GPP|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;GP0|#99d69ba0-02b0-4ede-ada8-dc20bdc635c7;L0|#099d69ba0-02b0-4ede-ada8-dc20bdc635c7|Coronavirus;GPP|#4d9ccd12-a383-4753-97d8-71d13417b782;GPP|#36dcb5fe-6bfc-4ae9-92d7-8bd08d1f6414;GPP|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752Find out about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic including risk factors, symptoms and when to seek medical assistance.0



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