Editorial

Coronavirus

Dear Uownit reader,

The past few weeks saw the emergence and spreading of Covid-19 or the Coronavirus. Panic overcame South Africans after the first few South Africans infected were identified. Suddenly the ‘danger’ in the distance was now upon us and people started panicking. 

The big no-no about this virus is DO NOT PANIC!

A few recaps of what many people probably have heard or not have heard in their panic. The majority of people who test positive for Coronavirus will feel a bit fluey for a few days and then the symptoms will disappear. Some people might have to go onto medication or even be hospitalised. But there are some who will die. 

All you can do is to protect yourself and DO NOT PANIC.

Who are the vulnerable groups:

Older people, very young children whose lungs and immune system haven’t developed fully yet, people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease), respiratory illnesses and people with reduced immune systems.

How to protect yourself:

Don’t go to crowded meetings or events

Boost your immune system

Don’t shake hands with other people

Wash your hands regularly

Cover your face when coughing or sneezing

What are the symptoms:

Fever

Breathing difficulties

Coughing

How does the Coronavirus compare with other viruses:

Worldwide Coronavirus cases: 110 616

Deaths: 3 831

Recovered: 62 397

Worldometer (09/03/2020)

Where to go if you suspect you might be infected:

The Department of Health announced the following hospitals as centres for isolation and treatment of people infected with Coronavirus:

  • Polokwane Hospital in Limpopo
  • Rob Ferreira Hospital in Mpumalanga
  • Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, Steve Biko Hospital and Tembisa Hospitals in Gauteng
  • Grey’s Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal
  • Klerksdorp Hospital in the North West
  • Kimberly Hospital in the Northern Cape
  • Pelonomi Hospital in the Free State
  • Livingstone Hospital in the Eastern Cape
  • Tygerberg Hospital in the Western Cape

Remember, protect yourself, wash your hands –thoroughly – and DO NOT PANIC!

The Uownit Team!

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