04-03-2020 by redazione
The Kenyan health authorities had initially announced that all Italians who landed in the African country in the next few days would have to undergo 14 days of self-isolation, i.e. declare a home and comply with the provisions. According to the Ministry of Health, they could have been checked and if they did not respect the voluntary isolation regime, they would be punished by law.
For the time being, this imposition has not been signed by the Government, but could later return to the measures introduced by Kenya.
But what exactly is self-isolation?
Well, first of all, if you are in self-isolation it is not like being in medical isolation, so there is no need to wall up all the windows and install air filters.
The authorities in the countries that apply it simply advise you to avoid "unnecessary contact" and to check your health. You won't be able to go into shops or public places, so make sure you have a good shopping experience or bring food and other things that you may need for 14 days.
The virus has an incubation period of 14 days, so health authorities will presumably ask you to do the following for 14 days:
- Monitor the temperature twice a day
- Observe any symptoms of a respiratory infection (cough, difficulty breathing)
- Wear a surgical mask when you are in front of another person and when you have to go out
- Wash your hands regularly or use a sanitizing gel
- Avoid any contact with vulnerable people (pregnant women, people with ongoing health problems, the elderly
- Avoid frequenting places where vulnerable people are present (hospitals, maternity wards, nursing homes).
- Avoid all non-essential outings (large gatherings, restaurants, cinemas)
- If you are a worker, as far as possible, work from home and avoid close contact (meetings, lifts, canteen).
- Children should not be sent to school or kindergarten.
The key thing is not to get close to other people, to avoid spreading the virus, which is transmitted through cough drops and sneezing. You think you need to be relatively close to inhale those droplets - maybe within a meter or so. But the droplets can also land on surfaces and transfer to people's hands - hence the advice to wash them frequently.
Also for shopping, it is better to have your shopping delivered to your home and generally avoid places where you can have contact with people.
If you develop any symptoms during the 14 days in Kenya, call an ambulance and when you arrive at the hospital confirm your state of health and self-isolation and the suspicion that it may be coronavirus. There are currently no facilities on the Kenyan coast that can perform the swab, but if there are well-founded suspicions, they can be sent from Nairobi or you can be transferred to the Capital.
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