Minimise your risk of being infected with the coronavirus
Jamaica has recorded 12 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) up to press time yesterday.
Below are some tips from the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
- Practise social distancing and stay away from anyone who is sick.
- Take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your risk of being exposed to this new virus.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks.
- If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.) Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public-health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.
- Have a plan for if you get sick.
- Do not go to the hospital or other health facilities - Call 888-ONE LOVE
- Stay in touch with others by phone or email.
- Determine who can care for you if your caregiver gets sick.
- Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs
- Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call 888-ONE LOVE.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs consists of:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath;
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest;
- New confusion or inability to arouse;
- Bluish lips or face.