The first thing to remember is that the vast majority of Coronavirus cases - over 80% -are mild.
But there are some people who are more vulnerable to this virus for whom some extra precautions are recommended. These include:
- Anyone over 60 years of age
- Healthcare workers
- Anyone with underlying health issues, including but not limited to:
cardiovascular disease, diabetes, underlying lung conditions, history of TB treatment, immune suppression
SO, if you are at elevated risk that means you should take extra precautions to prevent infection and do some additional planning.
What should I do to protect myself from Coronavirus?
Firstly, you (and everyone you know) should always practice the following general guidelines:
- Wash Your Hands with soap and water regularly for at least 20 seconds:
Here’s a guide on how to effectively wash your hands
- Wear a mask when outside or in the presence of people that you do not share a household with
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth whenever you might be outside your home or around other people
- Keep at least 2-meters between you and anyone coughing, sneezing or who appears unwell
- Cough Or Sneeze Into Your Bent Elbow and DON'T cough into your hands
- Practice Social Distancing: This refers to measures that are taken to increase the physical space between people to slow the spread of the virus
- Work from home if possible and avoid large social events (Sporting, Religious, etc)
- Don't shake hands or greet with kisses or hugs
- To learn more, check out the Antara Social Distancing Guidelines
Those who are more vulnerable should ALSO protect themselves through More Intense Social Distancing:
- Avoid Any Unnecessary Social Interaction, especially in groups or public places
- Stay Home, as much as possible
- Avoid Public Transportation, if at all possible
- Arrange for Delivery of food and essentials
- If you live in a shared space: create a Dedicated Area for Persons At Risk
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects at least 3 times per day. See Antara's disinfection guidelines for instructions on how to properly disinfect surfaces.
For the Elderly:
- Caregivers should take extra care to wash hands and practice safe hygiene, Social Distancing, and other Coronavirus precautions.
- PLEASE NOTE: Extreme Isolation can actually make health issues worse. So please do not shut away yourself or anyone elderly you care for. Maintaining social connection is essential!
- For a deep breakdown of all our advice, check out Antara’s Recommended Coronavirus Guidelines
What should I do if I start to feel sick?
If you're an Antara Member, contact your Health Navigator Immediately!
If you're not an Antara Member, check out our website to learn more about Antara's service or sign up to become one.
If you have a cough, fever and NO DIFFICULTY BREATHING, please click here to use a symptom checker that will help you decide what to do. Don't panic, we will help you make the right decision.
For non-Members, If you have fever, cough and any difficulty breathing, call the hotline immediately to get instructions and information about the nearest designated Coronavirus facility (please click here for a list of GoK-designated Coronavirus facilities).
Hotline telephone numbers:
0729 471 414, 0732 353 535 or TOLL FREE @ 0800 721 316
PLEASE REMEMBER: DO NOT go directly to a health facility without calling first.
You could be putting yourself or others at risk