How To Avoid Coronavirus: Advice From A South African In China
19 March 2020
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This advice comes from a South African living in China.

1: The virus is not airborne, for example, Chickenpox. It is transmitted via fluids/droplets. Droplets are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talk. The droplets then settle on a surface.

2: It doesn’t get through your skin. If you touch a surface with the virus, then touch your face(mouth, eyes, nose, ears). You will be infected.

3: They say you can survive for 14 days without showing any symptoms. However, from what we have witnessed here, it can be longer. So basically we don’t know how long it takes, it depends on the person’s immune system.

4: Money, bank cards, and door handles are the biggest carrier of the virus. The most vulnerable will be people using public transport, banks, and retail. (That’s why it’s essential to wash hands continually and before you eat).

5: Ko Kerekeng, those counting Church offering, should wash their hands after counting.

6: Tuck-shops ko Kasi should also try to practice hygiene for their sake and the customers.

7: Soap and warm water should always be your first option. Do not worry about expensive soaps; any Soap can destroy the fat/lipid layer surrounding the virus that gives it protection.

7: wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Trick(count 1-20)

8: Hand sanitizer/disinfectant sprays are also an option, but they must at least have (60% – 90%) of alcohol.

9: Disinfect every new package( including mail) you receive and food items from the grocery store. Wash new clothing and wigs before wearing or leave under the sun for a few hours (heat destroys the virus).

10: Avoid crowded places and limit home visits. This is important, please.

NB: I don’t know how this will be possible since some of our families and friends live with ten people in a two-room house.

11: Everyone can be infected. I repeat everyone stands a chance of being infected(every race and age).

However, so far, the most vulnerable are the elderly and those who already have other medical conditions. So the younger generations should try to do most of the errands and encourage our elders to stay at home.

Please take care and share.