Covid-19 or also known as the novel Coronavirus disease, is causing illness and death around the world. It is up to every one of us to keep ourselves and others around us safe.
The coronavirus in SA is officially a national disaster. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced this during an address to the nation on Sunday night. Government will now also be able to set up emergency, rapid and effective response systems to mitigate the severity of its impact, he said.
In terms of the law, once a national disaster is declared, government can regulate the movement of people and goods from and within the disaster area. A national disaster lasts three months.
Most people who are not elderly and do not have underlying health conditions will not become critically ill from Covid-19.
Protecting the Vulnerable
The actions that young, healthy people take, including reporting symptoms and following quarantine instructions, will have an important role in protecting the most vulnerable in society and in shaping the overall trajectory of the outbreak.
To stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, three good sources are the WHO website the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the National Department of Health.
Good Hygiene and Social Distancing
Good hygiene and social distancing are two of the main ways that the spread of the virus can be slowed down. This means staying out of touching distance from each other and washing hands. Also not coughing and sneezing on people. It is very important to keep homes, offices and places of worship clean. Take a look at our wide range of cleaning supplies.
Four important steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This kills viruses that may be on your hands.
- Social distancing. Maintain at least 1 metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Don’t shake hands or hug. Avoid crowded spaces.
- Try to avoid touching your face, especially the mouth and eyes because hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why Alcohol Based Hand Sanitiser Works
Alcohol is effective at killing different types of microbes, including both viruses and bacteria
Whether you are trying to kill bacteria or viruses, many research studies have found that an alcohol concentration of 60 percent or greater is needed to be effective.
How to Correctly Use Hand Sanitiser
The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. When hands are dirty or greasy, hand sanitizers may not work well. Handwashing with soap and water is recommended in such circumstances.
When using hand sanitizer, apply the product to the palm of one hand and rub the product all over the surfaces of your hands until your hands are dry.
Hand sanitizer – 5L hand sanitizer (70% alcohol) Retailing at R289 each while stocks last and spray bottles are available at all our stores. Please call your closest store to check regarding stocks and prices etc as, although these products are selling fast, stocks are constantly being replenished. Due to the high demand, we cannot reserve these products.
CLAIRWOOD – 031 465 0429
AMANZIMTOTI – 031 904 5786
HILLCREST – 031 765 4004
CORNUBIA – 031 502 4786