The COVID-19 pandemic has spread like wildfire around the world and it is a virus we need to protect ourselves from in order to keep our loved ones safe too.

The most crucial step is to know all the facts about the Corona Virus to be better equipped against the pandemic. Here are a couple of things you need to know about COVID-19.

Statistics

Taking Rwanda as a case study, there have been 451 confirmed cases so far of which 297 recovered. Unfortunately, 2 individuals died from the pandemic. These statistics alone show that The Corona Virus though easily contracted can also be cured and prevented when observing the guidelines provided by health authorities.

Symptoms

The most obvious question here is; what are the symptoms of The Corona Virus? Here is an answer. The most common symptoms of the pandemic are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Nevertheless, there are some less than common symptoms that can be a sign of Corona Virus infection; these include aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhea, headache, loss of taste or smell, and skin rashes. It is always advisable to seek medical attention through the COVID-19 toll-free hotline 114 and self-quarantine in case you experience these symptoms.

 

 

Prevention Measures

The prevention measures of the COVID-19 pandemic help you and your loved ones stay safe. They have been broken down into five simple steps.

The first step is to stay at home as much as possible and limit movement to public places. Exceptions can be made for grocery runs, hospitals…

The second step is to keep a safe distance. When you’re out and about in public practicing social distancing is key, you must keep at least a meter between yourself and the next person.

The third step is to wash your hands and sanitize as much as possible. You have to wash your hands thoroughly for a minimum of 40-60 seconds.

The fourth step is to always cover your cough. You can either cover your cough with your elbow or hands with the condition of washing your hands immediately after.

The fifth step is to always wear a face mask in public. Since, the Corona Virus is primarily spread through respiratory droplets from infected individuals, wearing a face mask can limit the spread.

 

 

Remember that in keeping yourself safe, you are keeping others safe too. Let us look out for each other.