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GetSavvi Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Health • 19 March 2020


National Department of Health: How can I reduce my risk of Covid-19

28 October 2020

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Ramaphosa announces move to lockdown level 1

17 September 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move to level 1 of the lockdown, starting midnight Sunday, 20 September.

Here are the changes:

 

Although this comes as great news to South Africans, the government warned of a threat of a ‘second wave’ of infections.

“Vital precautionary measures must be maintained to prevent a new spike in COVID-19 cases,” the South African Presidency tweeted on Wednesday.

Tips to avoid a second wave of infections:

- Continue wearing a mask while out and about
- Maintain a distance of one-and-a-half-meters from others at all times
- Wash or sanitise your hands regularly

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Avoid the three Cs

2 September 2020

Curbing the spread of Covid-19 is as easy as avoiding these three Cs:

Avoid these three Cs

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South Africa moves to level 2 lockdown

17 August 2020

The country has entered lockdown level 2 at midnight on Monday, 17 August. 

 Here are some of the changes expected:

General

Travel

Public Places

Restaurants

Source: 

www.sacoronavirus.co.za

www.stateofthenation.gov.za 

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South Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass half a million

3 August 2020

South Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases have passed half a million, pushing the total to 511 485.

Just over three million people in South Africa have been tested for the virus so far, with more than 340 000 recoveries.

Click here to download our COVID-19 infographic where we share tips on how to avoid being infected and what to do if you do become infected.

Source: 

www.sacoronavirus.co.za

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The New Normal series by World Health Organization

23 July 2020

South Africa Corona Tracker: The only independent World Health Organization (WHO) recognized one-stop platform for verified data and news.
Click here: www.coronatracker.com/country/south-africa

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

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Amendment of regulations: Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

13 July 2020

Source: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/what-level-of-lockdown-restrictions-change-ramaphosa-speech-details/

Click here, for a full list of amended regulations. 

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Know your risk during COVID-19

10 July 2020

The Texas Medical Association recently published a chart ranking how risky normal activities are, according to doctors.

Low-Risk Activities:

Moderate-To-Low Risk Activities:

Moderate Risk Activities:

Moderate-To-High Risk Activities:

High-Risk Activities:

Keep yourself and others safe through social distancing, hand washing, proper mask-wearing techniques and, best of all, staying home as much as possible.

Click here to read the full article and for a full list of risk factors. 

Click here for the chart published by The Texas Medical Association.

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Use of cloth face-mask still imperative!

07 July 2020

"The National Department of Health therefore recommends that everyone in South Africa should wear a cloth face-mask (also known as a non-medical mask) when in public. Commuters travelling in taxis and other forms of public transport, as well as people spending time in spaces where physical distancing is difficult to practice, are particularly encouraged to wear cloth face-masks."

Click here to read the full article by The National Department of Health.

More sources:

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Opinion Piece: Carnage in Eastern Cape, while people still not wearing masks

29 June 2020

“It infuriates me when I see people not wearing masks in public spaces like shops, malls or walkways. In the beginning few weeks of the lockdown, the majority of South Africans obeyed the call for mask-wearing, physical distancing and handwashing.

But as time has passed, many people have adopted a so-what attitude, seemingly based on the belief that either they are too young and healthy to get the virus, or that if they get the virus, their symptoms will only be mild and they will be A-okay.”

Click here, to read the full article. 

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COVID-19 essential updates

12 June 2020 

Stay up to date with all the latest Coronavirus-related information with these useful links:

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Cape Metro New COVID-19 Testing Criteria

3 June 2020 

To find those most at risk of Coronavirus, you will ONLY be tested if:

  1. You are already in hospital and have coronavirus symptoms
  2. You are a health care worker with coronavirus symptoms
  3. You are over 55 years, have other illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension etc and have coronavirus symptoms
  4. You are under 55 years with underlying conditions and have coronavirus symptoms
  5. You live in a care or old age home and have coronavirus symptoms

Click here for more information: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/

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Level 3 restrictions explained

1 June 2020 

Monday, 1 June, marks the start of Lockdown Level 3 with the Government introducing a new list of regulations.

As of 31 May, South Africa has had a total of 32 683 confirmed COVID-19 cases and, sadly, a total of 683 deaths. Despite the slow rise in positive cases, the Government has gone ahead with slowly phasing out the lockdown structure.

Here are a list of dos and don’ts during lockdown level 3:

You may leave your home to:

It’s imperative that:

Everyone must continue to wear a mask, wash their hands regularly and keep their distance from others at all times

What goods may be purchased:

It’s very important that every person still follows strict social distancing protocols to help limit the spread of the virus.

For more information on Level 3 regulations, click here.

More on this topic:

Lockdown and your mental health
Self Isolation Tips and Tricks
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Coronavirus cases: near 5 000 people infected

29 April 2020

The South African Department of Health have confirmed that there are 4 996 COVID-19 cases, with a total of 93 related deaths.

Here’s a summary of each province and the amount of citizens that have tested positive for COVID-19:

This is a developing story, constantly updated throughout. Last updated: 29 April 2020

Amidst the growing number of infections, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a five-level risk adjustment strategy which will slowly ease the country’s lockdown restrictions from 1 May.

Click here for a summary of the five stages of alert: https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_documents/stages.jpg

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COVID-19 Self-assessment Test

21 April 2020

The South African Government has recently acknowledged and is working on a growing issue: food scarcity for those less fortunate following a nationwide lockdown that will continue until the end of April.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Tuesday evening, 21 April, to discuss the Government’s future plans to find sustainable solutions to help the most vulnerable citizens weather the difficult times that are still to come.

We’ve put together a list of sources if you’d like to donate food or money to help the hunger crisis:

Here are a few more sources where you can keep up to date on the progress of the Coronavirus in SA:

www.sanews.gov.za

www.sacoronavirus.co.za

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COVID-19 Self-assessment Test

16 April 2020

Take the Coronavirus (COVID-19) self-assessment test to determine your risk profile. Click here to take the test. 

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GetSavvi Health benefits to help you during lockdown

15 April 2020

GetSavvi Health members have access to the following benefits to help them during lockdown.  
Click here for the full article. 

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Masks: What you need to know

8 April 2020

Well made cloth masks do not replace the 5 Golden Rules of Good Hygiene. They may offer
some extra protection if well made and used correctly.

Read more about cloth masks and the 5 Golden Rules of Good Hygiene by clicking here.

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Field testing to combat COVID-19

7 April 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced a plan to send 10 000 field workers to people’s homes to screen for COVID-19 and send those who need further treatment to a mobile testing facility.

The Government is in the process of rolling out a screening, testing, tracing and medical management programme.

What is home screening?

Field workers will go from door-to-door to assess and screen you for the virus.
They will:

  1. Test your temperature
  2. Ask you relevant questions
  3. Assess whether you could potentially have the virus
  4. If you’re at risk, they will then refer you for testing at your local clinic or a mobile testing facility.

Each province has been given the go-ahead to start working on this strategy. We’ll keep you updated on the progress here at GetSavvi Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update.

Furthermore, the Government has purchased over 60 mobile testing facilities. The mobile units will be used for rapid testing and those who test positive will be quarantined.

Here is a list of the location of these mobile testing facilities. Please check back for updates on a testing facility in your vicinity.

[Updated: 7 April]

Gauteng

Click here for more facilities in your area.

Western Cape

Cape Town Metro sub-districts

Rural districts

Click here for more info.

Sources:

www.sanews.gov.za

www.westerncape.gov.za

www.sacoronavirus.co.za

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Avoid Coronavirus when you have to leave home

3 April 2020

South Africa is keeping safe with a 21-day lockdown where we should stay inside our homes and only go out for essentials like food or medication.

We’ve put together a list of steps that you can take to avoid the risk of contracting COVID-19 when leaving home to get your essentials.

Use your elbow, knuckles or even cover your finger with a tissue when you’re pressing the elevator button or punching in your pin code at the ATM.

When you’re out to either do grocery shopping or buying medication at your local pharmacy, be sure to keep your distance from others.

Avoid paying with cash at all costs.

Avoid picking up fresh produce at the grocery store with your bare hands and putting it back on the shelf. If you need to inspect your fruits and vegetables to make sure they’re ripe, grab a plastic bag (used to store the fresh produce) and cover your hand while you test them.

Rather opt for a friendly smile or if you need to greet a person, reach out your elbow as a sign of affection.

When you get home, leave the grocery bags with your groceries outside of your home and use disinfectant on a cloth and wipe down every item before you bring it inside your home.

It’s crucial that you wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you get home.

Read the full blog with accompanying video tutorial on Grocery Shopping Tips by clicking here.

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21-Day Lockdown

24 March 2020

As a country, we are all facing a challenging time managing and limiting the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

GetSavvi Health would like to update you on our approach to the pandemic and our response to President Ramaphosa’s declaration of a three-week lockdown.

Nation-wide lockdown and how it will affect you

What does lockdown mean?

Lockdown is an emergency protocol that requires South Africans to stay at home except for essential purposes. The goal of a nation-wide lockdown is to avoid the spread of the virus and to save the lives of South Africans.

South Africa will go on lockdown midnight on Thursday 26 March until midnight 16 April.

What essential services will be available?

Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other essential services will remain open.

This means you will be able to do the following under lockdown:

All non-essential activities are suspended and those who do not adhere to it can be punished with imprisonment for up to one month or a fine.

How the lockdown will influence our operational hours

We continue to closely monitor the development of the COVID-19 outbreak and remain alert regarding potential risks to our business. The President provided details on the actions being taken by the Government to stop the spread of this virus and the role that businesses need to play in protecting our communities.

As our valued members, we want to reassure you that Operations will continue as normal but we have implemented the following precautions:

  1. While some staff members will be allowed/required to work from home, we will keep service levels up to standard for as long as possible. Our performance will be monitored continuously.
  2. Should the situation require any level of quarantine or self-isolation for an extended period, we will still be able to provide all the contracted services via remote access.

    Our operating hours during lockdown are:

    • Mondays to Fridays, 08h00-15h00
    • Saturdays and Sunday, closed
    • We encourage members to email us at talktous@getsavvi.co.za where our staff will respond promptly.
    • Walk-in members will be discouraged from entering the building, and your details will be taken by security so that we can make contact with you.

  3. We will be limiting meetings and travelling. Staff have been requested to rather engage clients by email correspondence.
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New Government regulations to curb Coronavirus spread

20 March 2020

On Thursday 19 March, The South African Government announced additional regulations to help slow down the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19):

  1. No person with COVID-19 confirmed or suspected may refuse medical examinations, profilaxis, treatment, isolation or quarantine.
  2. The sale, dispensing or transportation of alcohol beverages are prohibited from 6pm-9am, Monday to Saturday and 1pm-9am, Sundays and public holidays.
  3. Suspension of public visits to correctional centres, detention facilities, holding cells, military detention facilities and department of social development will be applied for 30 days. This may be extended.
  4. Early Childhood Development Centres will be closed from 18 March to 25 April. This may be extended.
  5. Anyone that creates or spreads fake news about COVID-19 will be liable for prosecution.
  6. Public gatherings are restricted to under 100 people.
  7. Emergency procurement policy will be put in place where government departments identify and establish quarantine sites and acquire, recruit and train professional health workers.
  8. Government has the authority to issue directions to address, prevent and curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus by The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Basic and Higher Education, Police, Social Development and others.
  9. The Department of Defence is to make available manpower, stores, equipment, ships, aircraft platforms, vehicles and facilities to support government departments to prevent and manage COVID-19 essential services delivery.

Source: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/2020/03/19/regulations-to-prevent-the-spread-of-covid-19/

Full List of People Infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19): www.nicd.ac.za/covid-19-update-21/

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Corona (COVID-19) Toolkit

Important links
Official Provincial Coronavirus websites
What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.

Novel coronavirus 2019 (that causes COVID-19) was first detected in Wuhan, China, and is the virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness.

What are the Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms may appear in as few as two or as long as 14 days after exposure:

Get tested if you show symptoms and have:

What to do if you develop flu-like symptoms
Where can I get tested?

Here's a list of the places across the country you can visit to get tested if you suspect you have been infected with the virus. Please note: Only do so if instructed by the government hotline or advice of a health practitioner.

Click here, for the full list of places to get tested in South Africa. 

Where can I get more information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

If you’re concerned, call the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) general public hotline on 0800-029-999, Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.

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