Key Highlights of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Cases in Sierra Leone
Updated: 11:00 AM on Sunday 31 May, 2020 | Source: Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Sierra Leone Response Information
This platform organizes and presents Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and resources so that people living in Sierra Leone can quickly get access to relevant information. This is critical in fighting off a pandemic. The data sourced from World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the official Government of Sierra Leone’s websites, social media pages and WhatsApp groups, primarily. What is COVID-19: COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It has the whole world guessing!
In Sierra Leone, this should be our first point of defense because that is where droplets start.
There is scientific evidence out there that it is an effective way to help minimize cases and save lives.
In Sierra Leone in particular, and Africa in general, prevention should be our main goal.
Wearing a masks protect others by minimizing droplets from an infected person. The science is proven.
The Govt. of Sierra Leone made it a mandate for all public officials to wear masks. That is laudable.
Moreover, strongly encouraged her citizens to cover their faces in public.
The most effective way to minimize risks to contracting the virus is to wash your hands with soap and water frequently.
We know this now. Global health organizations suggest for at least 20 seconds, but you can do 40 seconds or more.
If you do not know how to wash your hands properly, you will have to learn.
Make sure your kids and everyone that comes around your household practice good hand-washing techniques in front of you, as appropriate.
If you follow these simple rules, you will be relatively safe.
You can also use an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 70 percent alcohol.
Do not leave home without it.
Social distancing is reducing physical interaction between people and it lowers the chances of spreading illness between people.
There is a difference between what the CDC (2 meters) and the WHO (1 meter) suggest, however, with regard to social distancing.
When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth, which may contain virus.
If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
This is one way you contract the disease. The other can be from shaking someone’s hand and taking it to your face
The reason why we asked to wash our hands multiple times and as often as possible is that we do not want to touch our eyes, nose, and mouth with the virus on our hands.
Hands shake other hands, touch many surfaces, and can pick up viruses easily. Once contaminated, your hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.
From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick
Good respiratory hygiene starts with being aware of how you sneeze and/or cough, especially when around people.
Make sure you use a tissue or Kleenex when you cough or blow your nose, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene.
This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
In the absence of a tissue, move your hand towards your face and cough or sneeze into your elbow.
Like his limits the droplets that may flow from your cough or sneeze and into the air.
Guidance, Information, Updates and Resources from the Government of Sierra Leone