The Ministry of Health on Friday notified Kenyans that most
people who will be infected with Coronavirus may experience mild illness but
will recover quickly.
Through a statement to newsrooms, the Ministry, however,
stated that the disease can be more severe among the elderly and those who
notice symptoms should self-quarantine and get in touch with health officials
“Kenyans are reminded that most people who become infected
may experience only mild illness and recover easily, but the disease can be
more severe in others, especially the elderly and persons with other chronic
illnesses,” read the statement in part.
This comes after the Ministry confirmed a Coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) case in Nairobi.
The case, which was confirmed on March 12, 2020, is the
first one to be reported in Kenya since the beginning of the outbreak in China
in December 2019.
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The case is a Kenyan citizen who travelled back to Nairobi
returning from the United States of America via London, United Kingdom on March
She was confirmed positive by the National Influenza Centre
Laboratory at the National Public Health Laboratories.
According to Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, the patient is
clinically stable, and is being managed at the Infectious Diseases Unit at the
Kenyatta National Hospital.
All Kenyans have been advised to observe the following
- Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and
water, or use alcoholbased hand sanitizer.
- Maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (5 feet) between
yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Persons with a cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a
social distance, but avoid mixing with others in a crowd.
- Maintain good respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and
nose while coughing and sneezing with a handkerchief, tissue, or into flexed
- Stay at home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever,
cough and difficulty in breathing.
- Suspend all public gatherings, meetings and events.
- Suspend all inter – school events.
- Public transport providers are directed to provide hand
sanitizers for their clients and regular cleaning of the vehicles.
- Temporary suspension of prison visits for the next 30 days.
- Kenyans must not abuse social media platforms or indulge in
spreading misinformation that can cause fear and panic.