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NICD (National Institute for Communicable Diseases)

Hotline: 0800 029 999

What is it?

Corona is a large group of viruses, which can infect both humans and animals with flu-like symptoms. The intensity of the infection ranges from the common cold to acute respiratory disease.

However the new strain of Coronavirus which causes MERS, is a novel virus to humans. So far the information related to the disease, its signs, symptoms, modes of transmission and even the sources of infection is limited.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has now declared the current outbreak of the new Coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.” As more countries announce quarantine measures for travellers returning from China, as a business we need to ensure that we are prepared to deal with the impact of the Coronavirus in our workplace.

Adcorp is committed to ensuring its employees and clients stay safe and abreast of developments with this virus, and we ask for your help in continuing to ensure the health and safety of our community.

We have put together an informative graphic which should answer all the questions you may have about the virus, its origins, how it spreads as well as prevention tips. Please take the time to ensure that you have read and understood the information provided. If you are unsure of anything presented in the graphic, please contact your line manager. If you suspect that you may be infected or have come into contact with someone you think is infected, please contact your primary care physician or the NICD (National Institute for Communicable Diseases) on their Hotline: 0800 029 999 immediately.

If you suspect that you may be infected or have come into contact with someone you think is infected, please contact your primary care physician immediately.

As the global community continues to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak, we ask that you be vigilant in observing good hygiene practices.

We hope you will treat the situation with the appropriate amount of urgency.

Here is a list of prepared hospitals to help you in an emergency

Polokwane Hospital – Limpopo
Rob Ferreira Hospital – Mpumalanga
Steve Biko Hospital – Gauteng
Tembisa Hospital – Gauteng
Grace Hospital – KZN

Klerksdorp Hospital – North West
Kimberly Hospital – Northern Cape
Pelonomi Hospital – Free State
Livingstone Hospital – Eastern Cape
Tygerberg Hospital – Western Cape

Symptoms

Vomiting

Diarrhea

In advanced cases, the patient can have very serious complications, which can result in death, such as:

Severe
pneumonia

Renal (kidney)
failure

Methods of transmission

It is believed that the new Coronavirus transmits itself like normal flu and can be transmitted through:

Droplets caused
by the infected
person’s sneezing
and/or coughing

Handling
or ingesting
contaminated
foods

Direct
contact with
infected
patients

Prevention of the virus

Cover your
mouth or
nose when
you cough
or sneeze

Wash your hands
frequently with
soap and/or
antibacterial
handwash

Always wear
a safemask
when around
sick people

No vaccine as yet

There is no treatment to date. Supportive medical care is provided to help relieve the acuteness of the symptoms and control complications.

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