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What is COVID-19?

On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, China. 
‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of what we now know as ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ (COVID-19). Since then, the virus has spread worldwide. 

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face. 

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.

Please see this HELP GUIDE including FAQ, what symptoms to look out for and comparisons of colds vs flu vs coronavirus.

 

For global updated information regarding COVID-19, please visit the WHO's website (click on the link).

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Useful information during SA's lockdown

FACE MASKS

Information from the Director General Health regarding the use of cloth face masks by members of the general public. Please click this link to open a PDF document.

If you would like to order a face mask from local Mask Mambas, they are at 14 Somers Road, please contact Heather Walters on 076 279 8589

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FOOD PARCELS

If you would like to donate food parcels for needy families, One Life Church is running an initiative through their One Life Foundation. Please click on this link to take you to their website for additional information and you can contact Jay Mannikam on 083 786 1202

PRESS RELEASES

For all press releases made by the SA Department of health as well as President Cyril Ramaphosa please visit WWW.SACORONAVIRUS.CO.ZA, alternatively, you can click on the link.

UIF CLAIMS

Please click on each link below to download the necessary document for UIF claims:-

MUNICIPALITY FACILITIES DURING THE LOCKDOWN

Please click on this link for an information document on the provision of essential basic services and access to municipal facilities during the period of Thursday 26th March 2020 and Friday 1st May 2020.

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LEVEL 1 LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS AND PERMISSIONS

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