There’s been a lot of talk about coronavirus in recent days, and there’s even going to be more discussions about is as Ghana has confirmed two positive cases.
The Minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah also announced that two persons; a Norwegian Embassy official and a Ghanaian from Turkey, who have been in the country for about a week, tested positive for the virus.
With Ghana recording positive cases, it’s possible that more Ghanaians could get infected. The government, however, is working to prevent the spread of the virus in the country.
But what if you start showing symptoms of the virus, how can you control it?
Well, if you start to experience symptoms of the virus, one precautionary measure to take is self-isolation.
What is self-isolation?
Self-isolation is when you have been instructed to separate yourself from others, with the purpose of preventing the spread of the virus, including those within your home. If you are ill, you should be separated from others in your household to the greatest extent possible.
Self-isolation is when you cut yourself off from others, with the aim of preventing the spread of the virus, including those within your home.
Self-isolating yourself means you need to stay at home and not go out to public places such as work, school, church and other social events. You must also avoid public transport like the trotro, taxis and even ride giving services like Uber, Bolt and others.
You should also make sure that you staying in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened and keeping away from other people in your home.
Don’t go out to buy food, drugs or shop. You can ask people to do that for you.
It’s OK to have friends, family or delivery drivers drop off supplies to get you through.
What if someone self-isolating shares a home?
If you are self-isolating and share a kitchen, try to avoid using it when other people are there and take your meals back to your room to eat. Clean all the surfaces at home with household cleaning products daily.
Although you might not be able to entirely separate yourself from family members or flatmates, the advice is to limit contact as much as possible.
If possible stay at least 2m (6ft) from other people you live with and sleep alone. Keep away from vulnerable people.
People living with someone in isolation should wash their hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds – especially after coming into contact with them.
You shouldn’t share towels, toiletries or other household items with someone in isolation and they should have a separate bathroom. If that is not possible, the isolated person should use the bathroom last, cleaning it thoroughly afterwards if they are able.
Any rubbish that the isolated person has been in contact with should be double-bagged and kept. If the person tests positive, you will be told what to do with their waste.
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