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Fear-mongering leads to Covid-19 fears in Newcastle, Mediclinic clears the air

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The novel Coronavirus, Covid-19, is officially in South Africa and tensions are running high. Are we at risk in contracting the dreaded disease? Are our children and families safe?

With the Health Department confirming on Thursday, March 5, that a 38-year-old man from KZN tested positive for Covid-19, fears have increased.

Read more: The first case of coronavirus in South Africa has officially been confirmed

Such are the fears pertaining to Covid-19, that rumours are currently circulating in Newcastle, that the patient hails from Dundee and is currently in quarantine at Mediclinic Newcastle.

Voice notes sent via WhatsApp adding fuel to the fire, creating a sense of panic within the community.

Is there any truth to the rumours? Do the circulating voice notes have any valuable information regarding the coronavirus? Or is it all fear-mongering?

Mediclinic can confirm there are currently no confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus at Mediclinic Newcastle.

In a press statement released by Mediclinic, it is explained that while there are no confirmed cases n Newcastle, Mediclinic is prepared.

“In strict accordance with NCID and National Health Department protocols, Mediclinic has implemented the necessary measures to manage any patients presenting with symptoms and to prevent the transmission of the virus in our facilities,” the statement reads.

Furthermore, Mediclinic urges the public to take the necessary precautions when travelling to affected areas.

“We also encourage anyone experiencing signs and symptoms of flu, or who think that they have been exposed to the virus, to contact their healthcare provider,” the Mediclinic statement adds.

With only one confirmed case in Hilton and none in either Dundee or Newcastle, the public is encouraged to remain calm.

As there is a degree of fear surrounding Covid-19, you can follow these simple hygienic steps to minimise the chances of it spreading:
  • Wash your hands on a regular basis, using both soap and water. You can also use alcohol-based handwash.
  • Maintain a distance of at least three feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. If you cough or sneeze, cough and sneeze into your bent elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. This is because your hands touch an array of surfaces during the day.

By practising these simple hygienic steps, you can protect yourself from an array of viruses and bacteria.

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