Sadly, Coronavirus hit the shores of Ghana over the weekend. Yes, Coronavirus is in Ghana. Currently, the number of confirmed cases stand at 7. The novel Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that causes illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)
COVID-19 is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. Although this is the case, there are some basic preventive measures that you can carry out to protect yourself and people around you from Coronavirus.
This post will tell you about the symptoms of Coronavirus, preventive measures and our very own how to guide on how to wash your hands. Now let’s start with the symptoms:
Watch for Symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
* This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Steps to Protect Yourself
Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Below is a video of how to properly wash your hands using just water and soap, in our case, we used Kaeme Blacksoap, but any soap will do.
Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
In an unfortunate situation that you do get infect with COVID-19, here are some steps you can take to protect others
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissue in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a face mask if you are sick. If you are not able to wear a face mask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes and people who are caring for you should wear a face mask if they enter your room.
You do not need to wear a face mask if you are not sick. Unless you are caring for someone who is sick.
At Kaeme, we are concerned about the health of #KaemLovers and our staff. The news about Coronavirus in Ghana is out there, so we have currently suspended in-person interactions until Monday. This is in line with the preventive measures of COVID-19.
Our online presence however is still active, send in your questions related to skin care and our skin care products and a Kaeme team member will attend to you.
Coronavirus is in Ghana: Call these numbers if you detect any of these symptoms: 055 2222 004, 055 2222 005, 050 9497 700, 055 8439 868