COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown has affected all areas of our daily lives. The way we work, the way we bank and how we interact with each other.
We want you to know we are in this together. That’s why we are sharing advice, tips and news updates with you on ways to bank as well as ways to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
What is the coronavirus disease and its symptoms?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
This new strain of coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the world and has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
COVID-19 symptoms are very similar to that of the common cold and may include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, as well as a headache or fever in some cases.
The disease could be spread through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. If you sneeze or cough, it is always polite to do it into a tissue or your elbow.
Everyone is at risk of infection. Stay informed and follow the necessary health hygiene measures and advice given by authorities and healthcare practitioners.
The Department Of Health has developed a website with news, advice and tips about COVID-19. Go to www.sacoronavirus.co.za for more information
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause 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).
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019.
What are some of the symptoms associated with infection?
Coronavirus symptoms are similar to that of a common cold and include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, possibly a headache and maybe a fever, which can last for a couple of days. Patients have also experienced a mild cough for a week, a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness followed by shortness of breath (leading to pneumonia or bronchitis)
Can you prevent infection?
The safest way to prevent yourself from contracting it or minimising the extent of the infection is to:
- Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap
- Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze
- Practice social distancing
- Self-quarantine if you have travelled
- Stay home if you are sick
- Boost your immune system by eating plenty of fruit and vegetables