23-03-2020 by Mauro Saio
In Malindi and Watamu, as you know, there is a large community of Italians who live or spend most of the year in Kenya.
Some have returned to Italy in these days or will leave in the next three available, but I certainly can't blame those who want to stay on the Kenyan coast, given the situation they can find in our country at the moment.
However, our Embassy is trying to organize a special flight to repatriate those who request it.
At the same time it is essential that no Italian, not even residents if possible, leaves for Kenya in these two days.
Moreover, as per the new decree, they would be forty not at home, but in a Kenyan structure at their own expense.
To those who have decided to stay and those who live here, at this difficult time for the Coronavirus emergency, I want to say that I am the first to follow the rules that are the basis of the hope to reduce as much as possible the contagion of this very invasive virus.
In these days I have been visiting the two locations and I found that there is not yet a real awareness of what is happening among our fellow countrymen.
In Kenya there are already 15 confirmed cases, four of which are on the coast, and the next two weeks will be crucial in determining whether these are sporadic episodes or whether we are facing the beginning of an epidemic, as part of the global pandemic that has been declared.
I have seen people at the same table in Italian and local bars, people around who do not respect distances.
This attitude is already very serious. From today all this will probably no longer happen, because there will be controls in this sense, and I invite all Italians first, aware of what has happened in our country, to respect these basic rules and set an example. The managers and owners of the premises also have a responsibility to enforce these rules.
As much as possible, fellow countrymen, avoid leaving the house, avoid greeting anyone directly with handshakes and overcrowded premises or shops. Rather wait for them to empty out before entering, and disinfect your hands before touching products or anything else, and also afterwards.
Anyone at this time, including Kenyans, can be an asymptomatic carrier of Covid19, precautions are to be taken with anyone. It is also very important, fundamental for the elderly to be isolated also at family level, to stay in rooms separated from others if possible and especially away from children, who are the main asymptomatic carriers of the virus.
You cannot trust any study or research that proposes drugs (especially anti-malaria drugs such as chloroquine) or precautions that would avoid symptoms and contagion. It is not even certain that the virus can have less effect in hot temperatures, since the only certainty is that Covid19 dies at 56 degrees with 100% humidity, so more or less in a sauna.
The only precautions to take, as already mentioned, are those transmitted by the Government: wash and disinfect yourself, avoid as much as possible to go outside, avoid human contact.
But it is essential to respect them, absolutely.
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