Spread the word, not the disease

As South Sudan reports its first Coronavirus case, UNICEF continues to spread information about COVID19

Helene Sandbu Ryeng
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05 April 2020


South Sudan has reported its first Coronavirus disease case. It is more important than ever to ensure information about how to protect yourself and your family is spread across the country.


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UNICEF's large network of social mobilizers are engaged to raise awareness about the disease. They will explain the signs and symptoms, which are:

* Fever

* Dry cough

* Difficulty in breathing

* Tiredness


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As there is no vaccine for the Coronavirus disease nor medicine and very limited capacity in the public health system for supportive treatment, the best option is to prevent getting infected.

The social mobilizers are teaching people the most effective ways to protect themselves

* Not shaking hands with people

* Wash your hands with soap and water frequently

* Avoid close contact with anyone



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A person infected with the Coronavirus disease don't have to display symptoms and can therefore pass it on without knowing it. Therefore, the social mobilizers are also asking people to take precautionary measures such as:

* Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough and sneeze into your flexed elbow.

* Stay at home and avoid travel when you have flu-like symptoms.


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Stay safe and follow the simple guidelines the social mobilizers are giving.