Updated: 3 days ago
As we fight the Coronavirus let us take a flashback to the Ebola Crisis in Liberia,
Former President Sirleaf famously stated in her memoir, “The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.
During the Ebola crisis in Liberia, as health officials and their partners were quick to recognize the importance of community engagement. Health teams understood that community leadership brings with it well-defined social structures, with clear lines of credible authority. Teams worked hard to win support from village chiefs, religious leaders, women’s associations, youth groups and even the Government , Liberians put their all in saving the nation from the deadly virus.
WE ARE STRONG ! WE CAN WIN !! WE SHOULD FOLLOW ALL PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO STAY SAFE !!!
We are now facing yet another pandemic, like we did during ebola and win it is now time to do the same and follow all precautionary measures.
BUT WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS ?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat and shortness of breath. The virus can spread from person to person, but good hygiene can prevent infection. Find out who is at risk and what you should do if you think you have COVID-19.
What is COVID-19
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases.
COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.
What will be our role in reducing the spread of covid19?
With our marketplaces being alway crowded especially Red Light , Waterside & Dualla if measures are not taking to limit people accessing crowded marketplaces to get goods it made cause much more spread of the virus in our Country.
Our Company Ezee Market Inc will be offering express goods & items delivery to citizen wishing to buy items in Market, so they can leave home and buy all their groceries and home material on our ecommerce platform www.ezeemarket.biz,
What are the Symptoms of covid19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.
People with coronavirus may experience:
fever flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue shortness of breath
If you are concerned you may have COVID-19 call 4455.
How to self-isolate
Self-isolation lasts for 14 days
You must stay at home to prevent the possible spread of the virus to other people.
Staying home means you:
Do not go to public places such as work, school,market location like waterside, redlight & Dualla , childcare or university ask someone to get food and other necessities for you and leave them at your front door do not let visitors in — only people who usually live with you should be in your home do not need to wear a mask in your home, but do wear one if you have to go out (for example to seek medical attention)should stay in touch by phone and online with your family and friends
If you live in a private house, it is safe for you to go into your garden or courtyard. If you live in an apartment or are staying in a hotel, it is also safe for you to go into the garden but you should wear a surgical mask to minimise risk to others. You should also move quickly through common areas.
This helps protect yourself and others.
When in isolation, monitor yourself for symptoms.
What to do if you get sick
Call the MoH & NPHIL Team on 4455 for an urgent assessment if you develop symptoms within 14 days, or within 14 days of last contact of a confirmed case.
Being in isolation for 14 days can be stressful and boring. Suggestions include:
keep in touch with family members and friends via telephone, email or social media learn about COVID-19 and talk with others reassure young children using age-appropriate language where possible, keep up normal daily routines, such as eating well and exercise arrange to work from home ask your child's school to supply assignments or homework by post or email do things that help you relax and use isolation as an opportunity to do activities you don't usually have time for
Advice for others living with you
if you are not well, others that live with you do not need to self-isolate unless they also meet one of the isolation criteria.
However, if you develop symptoms and are suspected to have COVID-19, they will be classified as close contacts and will need to be isolated.
Protect yourself and others
To help reduce the spread and protect those who are most at risk, it is important that you take the recommended steps to protect yourself and others.
To prevent the spread of viruses, practise good hygiene and social distancing.
Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading.
Good hygiene includes:
Covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue disposing of tissues properly washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet using alcohol-based hand sanitisers cleaning and disinfecting surfaces if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people cleaning and sanitising frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets
Read more about protective measures against coronavirus on the World Health Organization website.
If you have a confirmed case, you need to self-isolate to prevent it spreading to other people.
Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others.
If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask. There is little evidence that widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people prevents transmission in public.
There is no vaccine for COVID-19, but there is one for the flu.
You should get your flu shot when it’s available. Getting the flu and COVID-19 at the same time can make you very ill.
Scientists from around the world are working on developing a vaccine. The World Health Organisation believes this may be available within 18 months.
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