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What is COVID-19?
Human Coronaviruses are common throughout the world. There are many different coronaviruses identified in animals but only a small number of these can cause disease in humans. On 7 January 2020, ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ or COVID-19. The majority of the case-patients initially identified were dealers and vendors at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in China. Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa.
Who is most at risk?
Currently, travellers to areas where there is ongoing sustained transmission of COVID-19 including Mainland China (all provinces), Hong Kong, Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, Italy and the Islamic Republic of Iran are at greatest risk of infection. Furthermore, the elderly, individuals with co-morbidities and healthcare workers have been found to be at a higher risk of death.
How is it transmitted?
While the first cases probably involved exposure to an animal source, the virus now seems to be spreading from person-to-person. The spread of the disease is thought to happen mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Thus far, the majority of cases have occurred in people with close physical contact to cases and healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or fever. The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is still not fully clear. Reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
How is COVID-19 treated?
Treatment is supportive (providing oxygen for patients with shortness of breath or treating a fever, for example). To date, there is no specific antiviral treatment available. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections. However, antibiotics may be required if a bacterial secondary infection develops.
How can you prevent infection?
The following can provide protection against infection from Coronaviruses and many other viruses that are more common in South Africa: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay at home when you are sick and try and keep a distance from others at home. Cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
 

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COVID-19: SA reports 74 more deaths

COVID-19: SA reports 74 more deaths

Pandemic ‘accelerating’ in Africa, test kits needed: WHO

Pandemic ‘accelerating’ in Africa, test kits needed: WHO

COVID-19: Over 1 million tests conducted in SA

COVID-19: Over 1 million tests conducted in SA

COVID-19: EC health department refutes scathing report

COVID-19: EC health department refutes scathing report

1,000 unemployed nurses waiting to register

1,000 unemployed nurses waiting to register

COVID-19 deaths in SA climb to 1,210

COVID-19 deaths in SA climb to 1,210

COVID-19: SA cases rise to 52, 991, death toll at 1,162

COVID-19: SA cases rise to 52, 991, death toll at 1,162

Coronavirus: Lockdowns in Europe saved millions of lives

Coronavirus: Lockdowns in Europe saved millions of lives

Coronavirus: Brazil’s domestic workers cut adrift in pandemic

Coronavirus: Brazil’s domestic workers cut adrift in pandemic

Coronavirus: Italy’s Conte offers hope as travel restrictions endhttps://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52914089

Coronavirus: Italy’s Conte offers hope as travel restrictions endhttps://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52914089

Karim says SA must learn to live with COVID-19

Karim says SA must learn to live with COVID-19

COVID-19: SA death toll at 1080

COVID-19: SA death toll at 1080

COVID-19 deaths near 1,000

COVID-19 deaths near 1,000

Government, private hospitals agree deal on COVID-19 patients

Government, private hospitals agree deal on COVID-19 patients

National State of Disaster extended until mid-July

National State of Disaster extended until mid-July

WATCH: Borders free-for-all during COVID-19

WATCH: Borders free-for-all during COVID-19

SA sees record jump in coronavirus cases

SA sees record jump in coronavirus cases

Hydroxychloroquine ineffective at preventing COVID-19: trial

Hydroxychloroquine ineffective at preventing COVID-19: trial

SA COVID-19 cases rise to 37,525

SA COVID-19 cases rise to 37,525

Concerns mount over Eastern Cape COVID-19 infections

Concerns mount over Eastern Cape COVID-19 infections

Unions call for Tygerberg Hospital to shut down

Unions call for Tygerberg Hospital to shut down

Level 3: What now for public transport?

Level 3: What now for public transport?

COVID-19 cases increase to 35,812

COVID-19 cases increase to 35,812

SA nears 35,000 COVID-19 cases

SA nears 35,000 COVID-19 cases

Teacher shares COVID-19 fears as schools prepare to reopen

Teacher shares COVID-19 fears as schools prepare to reopen

US records 743 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

US records 743 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

32,683 Confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa as deaths climb to 683

32,683 Confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa as deaths climb to 683

SA enters Level 3 of the lockdown

SA enters Level 3 of the lockdown

Alert level 3: Reopening of schools delayed

Alert level 3: Reopening of schools delayed

SA records 24,264 confirmed COVID-19 cases as death toll rises to 524

SA records 24,264 confirmed COVID-19 cases as death toll rises to 524

SA Council of Churches welcomes reopening of places of worship

SA Council of Churches welcomes reopening of places of worship

How a post-COVID-19 revival could kickstart Africa’s free trade area

How a post-COVID-19 revival could kickstart Africa’s free trade area

Union to take govt to court over schools reopening

Union to take govt to court over schools reopening

South Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 20,000 mark

South Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 20,000 mark

COVID-19: SA death toll at 481, cases rise to 23,615

COVID-19: SA death toll at 481, cases rise to 23,615

22 more deaths reported as COVID-19 cases rise

22 more deaths reported as COVID-19 cases rise

Level 3: Ramaphosa announces limited sale of alcohol

Level 3: Ramaphosa announces limited sale of alcohol

At least 75 miners test positive for COVID-19

At least 75 miners test positive for COVID-19

Two employees test positive for COVID-19 at Harmony’s Kalgold mine

Two employees test positive for COVID-19 at Harmony’s Kalgold mine

Infant among latest COVID-19 deaths in SA

Infant among latest COVID-19 deaths in SA

Benefits for children going back to school outweigh risks: expert

Benefits for children going back to school outweigh risks: expert

Failure to implement mine safety rules a criminal offence – ministry

Failure to implement mine safety rules a criminal offence – ministry

COVID-19: SA cases now over 17,000, death toll at 312

COVID-19: SA cases now over 17,000, death toll at 312

COVID-19: Key points from Angie Motshekga’s plan

COVID-19: Key points from Angie Motshekga’s plan

Mahikeng Hospital staff receive COVID-19 test results

Mahikeng Hospital staff receive COVID-19 test results

COVID-19: US drugmaker reports promising results from vaccine test

COVID-19: US drugmaker reports promising results from vaccine test

Lockdown: Whole of Gauteng to move to Level 3 in June – Premier Makhura

Lockdown: Whole of Gauteng to move to Level 3 in June – Premier Makhura

COVID-19: SA cases increase to 15,515, death toll at 264

COVID-19: SA cases increase to 15,515, death toll at 264

Govt responds after public criticism of COVID-19 strategy

Govt responds after public criticism of COVID-19 strategy

Cuban doctors ready to help in Eastern Cape

Cuban doctors ready to help in Eastern Cape

Level 3 consultations to begin on Friday: Ramaphosa

Level 3 consultations to begin on Friday: Ramaphosa

Most online shopping now allowed: Government

Most online shopping now allowed: Government

COVID-19: Health dept awaiting ‘promising’ antibody tests

COVID-19: Health dept awaiting ‘promising’ antibody tests

COVID-19 could infect over 200m in Africa: WHO

COVID-19 could infect over 200m in Africa: WHO

Coronavirus: How lockdown is being lifted across Europe

Coronavirus: How lockdown is being lifted across Europe

TB hospital closes following COVID-19 fears

TB hospital closes following COVID-19 fears

Ramaphosa announces plans for further easing of restrictions

Ramaphosa announces plans for further easing of restrictions

COVID-19: Education unions unhappy with department

COVID-19: Education unions unhappy with department

SA lockdown: Data issues affect thousands of students

SA lockdown: Data issues affect thousands of students

Eskom to restrict power supply in Gauteng

Eskom to restrict power supply in Gauteng

Level 4 lockdown: Govt gazettes winter clothing list

Level 4 lockdown: Govt gazettes winter clothing list

Coronavirus: Russian hospital staff ‘working without masks’

Coronavirus: Russian hospital staff ‘working without masks’

Mkhize urges fight against COVID-19 stigma

Mkhize urges fight against COVID-19 stigma

Western Cape puts plan in place to curb spread of COVID-19

Western Cape puts plan in place to curb spread of COVID-19

Coronavirus: How much news is too much?

Coronavirus: How much news is too much?

Madagascar to continue selling COVID-19 herbal ‘treatment’

Madagascar to continue selling COVID-19 herbal ‘treatment’

KZN to set up more COVID-19 quarantine sites

KZN to set up more COVID-19 quarantine sites

UIF payment delays

UIF payment delays

Reopening of schools in question

Reopening of schools in question

North West intensifies COVID-19 fight

North West intensifies COVID-19 fight

COVID-19: National government pledges to assist Western Cape

COVID-19: National government pledges to assist Western Cape

8,232 COVID-19 infections, 161 deaths in SA

8,232 COVID-19 infections, 161 deaths in SA

Millions expected to apply for govt relief grant

Millions expected to apply for govt relief grant

Coronavirus: Will offices be safe for a return to work?

Coronavirus: Will offices be safe for a return to work?

Five more COVID-19 related deaths reported in SA

Five more COVID-19 related deaths reported in SA

Coronavirus: A hunt for the ‘missing link’ host species

Coronavirus: A hunt for the ‘missing link’ host species

Zimbabwe facing economic collapse

Zimbabwe facing economic collapse

BCG vaccine tested in fight against COVID-19

BCG vaccine tested in fight against COVID-19

South Africa’s COVID-19 death toll climbs to 148

South Africa’s COVID-19 death toll climbs to 148

COVID-19: The worst is yet to come says Ramaphosa

COVID-19: The worst is yet to come says Ramaphosa

The groundbreaking way to search lungs for signs of Covid-19

The groundbreaking way to search lungs for signs of Covid-19

COVID-19: SA cases rise to 7220, death toll at 138

COVID-19: SA cases rise to 7220, death toll at 138

COVID-19: SA starts coronavirus trial of TB vaccine

COVID-19: SA starts coronavirus trial of TB vaccine

France extends virus emergency until July

France extends virus emergency until July

Coronavirus: New lows for deaths in France, Spain and Italy

Coronavirus: New lows for deaths in France, Spain and Italy

Coronavirus lockdown: The routes back to normal life

Coronavirus lockdown: The routes back to normal life

SUMMARY: Labour Department briefs SA on going back to work

SUMMARY: Labour Department briefs SA on going back to work

LIST: COVID-19 in SA hotspots

LIST: COVID-19 in SA hotspots

Alcohol ban eases burden on hospitals – Cele

Alcohol ban eases burden on hospitals – Cele

COVID-19: S&P downgrades South Africa debt to ‘BB-‘

COVID-19: S&P downgrades South Africa debt to ‘BB-‘

Coronavirus: Spain plans return to ‘new normal’ by end of June

Coronavirus: Spain plans return to ‘new normal’ by end of June

Cuban doctors not here to take jobs: Mkhize

Cuban doctors not here to take jobs: Mkhize

WATCH: Coronavirus in the Cape Winelands

WATCH: Coronavirus in the Cape Winelands

Massive fuel price cut ahead for SA

Massive fuel price cut ahead for SA

‘Tough battle’ ahead as virus cases rise to nearly 4,000

‘Tough battle’ ahead as virus cases rise to nearly 4,000

COVID-19: Western Cape new epicentre

COVID-19: Western Cape new epicentre

Here’s at what stage takeaways and domestic work will be legal again under a draft govt plan

Here’s at what stage takeaways and domestic work will be legal again under a draft govt plan

The post-lockdown plan: you can cross provinces to get back to work; 10 people only at weddings

The post-lockdown plan: you can cross provinces to get back to work; 10 people only at weddings

WATCH: Inside SA’s biggest COVID-19 testing lab

WATCH: Inside SA’s biggest COVID-19 testing lab

COVID-19: Virus will be with us for a long time: WHO

COVID-19: Virus will be with us for a long time: WHO

WHO commends SA on COVID-19 response as death toll rises to 65

WHO commends SA on COVID-19 response as death toll rises to 65

Coronavirus: Deaths at 20-year high but peak may be over

Coronavirus: Deaths at 20-year high but peak may be over

Ramaphosa deploys more soldiers

Ramaphosa deploys more soldiers

Opposition parties react to Ramaphosa’s COVID-19 relief plan

Opposition parties react to Ramaphosa’s COVID-19 relief plan

Coronavirus: Here’s how you can stop bad information from going viral

Coronavirus: Here’s how you can stop bad information from going viral

Pick ‘n Pay at Alex Mall closed after staff tests positive for COVID-19

Pick ‘n Pay at Alex Mall closed after staff tests positive for COVID-19

What you need to know about UIF benefit

What you need to know about UIF benefit

Five criteria developing countries must have in place for lockdowns to work

Five criteria developing countries must have in place for lockdowns to work

COVID-19: Zimbabwe extends lockdown

COVID-19: Zimbabwe extends lockdown

SA lockdown: Labour minister says UIF under extreme pressure

SA lockdown: Labour minister says UIF under extreme pressure

Mines to operate at 50% capacity during lockdown

Mines to operate at 50% capacity during lockdown

Trump unveils three-stage process to end coronavirus shutdown

Trump unveils three-stage process to end coronavirus shutdown

Lockdown: ‘Some regulations will remain in place for a long time’

Lockdown: ‘Some regulations will remain in place for a long time’

Covid-19: Joburg’s central suburbs hardest hit, geo-mapping shows lockdown contained initial spread to cities

Covid-19: Joburg’s central suburbs hardest hit, geo-mapping shows lockdown contained initial spread to cities

Coronavirus: Germany slowly eases lockdown measures

Coronavirus: Germany slowly eases lockdown measures

Moody’s lowers SA growth forecast

Moody’s lowers SA growth forecast

Cabinet to discuss COVID-19 responses, relief measures

Cabinet to discuss COVID-19 responses, relief measures

Coronavirus: How do you care for someone at home?

Coronavirus: How do you care for someone at home?

Coronavirus: US to halt funding to WHO, says Trump

Coronavirus: US to halt funding to WHO, says Trump

COVID-19: Professor Karim says this week is critical

COVID-19: Professor Karim says this week is critical

Public statement for collaboration on COVID-19 vaccine development

Public statement for collaboration on COVID-19 vaccine development

COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | 99 new Covid-19 cases in SA, death toll up to 27

COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | 99 new Covid-19 cases in SA, death toll up to 27

COVID-19: WHO says SA can flatten curve

COVID-19: WHO says SA can flatten curve

Mkhize announces new directions in fight against COVID-19

Mkhize announces new directions in fight against COVID-19

Global cases surpass 1 million, 6.6 million unemployment claims filed

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from around the world.

Global cases surpass 1 million, 6.6 million unemployment claims filed

Could AI spot which coronavirus patients are at possible risk of severe disease?

Could a computer model based on the type of ‘predictive analytics’ used to forecast stock market activity and voting patterns predict who will develop a serious respiratory disease from coronavirus?

Could AI spot which coronavirus patients are at possible risk of severe disease?

Five deaths in SA as Covid-19 cases rise to 1,353

Infections ‘lower than initially anticipated’, says health minister

Five deaths in SA as Covid-19 cases rise to 1,353

COVID-19: From an Employers Perspective

How to effectively manage the COVID-19 outbreak and national lockdown in your business.

COVID-19: From an Employers Perspective

5 people in Alexandra under quarantine after contact with Covid-19-positive man

5 people in Alexandra under quarantine after contact with Covid-19-positive man

1 326 confirmed Covid-19 infections in SA, 3rd death

1 326 confirmed Covid-19 infections in SA, 3rd death

The 7 Best COVID-19 Resources We’ve Discovered So Far

With all eyes on the COVID-19 pandemic and how its impact will be felt over the coming weeks and months, people are being bombarded with all kinds of noise and speculation.

The 7 Best COVID-19 Resources We’ve Discovered So Far

The dos and don’ts during the national lockdown

Police Minister Bheki Cele has warned any person who contravenes the regulations of the nationwide lockdown from midnight on Thursday will be guilty of a criminal offence and will be liable to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, or both.

The dos and don’ts during the national lockdown

South Africa begins ‘unprecedented’ military-patrolled lockdown

South Africa came under a nationwide military-patrolled lockdown.

South Africa begins ‘unprecedented’ military-patrolled lockdown

LOCKDOWN | Ramaphosa writes to Parliament, reveals 2 820 soldiers could be on SA’s streets until June

Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) could be patrolling the country’s streets well beyond the 21-day lockdown period.

LOCKDOWN | Ramaphosa writes to Parliament, reveals 2 820 soldiers could be on SA’s streets until June

Hidden coronavirus carriers with mild cases – these symptoms could give clues to an infection

When we are down with the seasonal flu, we may notice that our sense of taste and smell are gone.

Hidden coronavirus carriers with mild cases – these symptoms could give clues to an infection

Coronavirus Poop Calculator

This calculator has been created to show you how much poop you have to produce to use up your Coronavirus (COVID-19) toilet paper stock.

Coronavirus Poop Calculator

Loss of taste, smell could be telltale sign of coronavirus

The loss of the ability to smell or taste could be a sign that an individual has coronavirus, according to a recent report.

Loss of taste, smell could be telltale sign of coronavirus

Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

People with blood type A might be more susceptible to coronavirus, study finds

People with blood type A might be more susceptible to coronavirus, study finds

Coronavirus in SA: 80% of people will be fine, says expert

The South African Medical Association says it supports government’s measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus in SA: 80% of people will be fine, says expert

Coronavirus in SA: What precisely does the virus mean for all the employed people?

The rights of workers need to be a priority as South Africa puts measures in place to stop the spread of Covid-19 virus, says labour law expert.

Coronavirus in SA: What precisely does the virus mean for all the employed people?

Can you catch coronavirus from surfaces?

With most of the U.S. hunkered down for the near future, an important factor is understanding how exactly COVID-19 could spread inside a home.

Can you catch coronavirus from surfaces?

So you think you have the coronavirus – what now?

As the reality sets in that Covid-19 cases are on the rise, many are wondering if that fluey feeling is coronavirus, and what one should do.

So you think you have the coronavirus – what now?

March 18 coronavirus news

By Jessie YeungHelen ReganSteve GeorgeAngela Dewan and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 9:37 p.m. ET, March 18, 2020
March 18 coronavirus news

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There are many reasons to work remotely and Microsoft Teams is here to help you stay connected

4 Tips for working from home with Microsoft Teams


 

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With GAST's Head Office being in South Africa, we are adhering to the declaration made on the 23 March 2020 by the South African President Ramaphosa for a National Lockdown stretching over the next 21 days. As a result, GAST Nation is now at a 100% remote work conditions worldwide.

We have unfortunately had to shut down all Operations and Manufacturing facilities and services that have not been deemed essential. We are working tiresomely behind the scenes to ensure that we retain the ability to continuously assist you in all aspects. Should you require assistance from our Consulting Division, Clearwater Lagoons, Civil, Construction, Geosynthetics or Waterproofing we can prepare everything and have it ready when the global lockdown has lifted.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance with our resources or in any way possible, we are all in this together.

Most importantly we have to ensure that the health of both your and our families comes first. Look after yourself and each other by staying indoors and making ethical decisions. We are all venturing into unknown territory, the best thing to do is to take it one day at a time. As a country and humanity, we are called to unite in this war against an unseen enemy. On behalf of all of GAST Nation, it is an honour walking this path with each and every one of you.

In closing I would like to quote a pastime War President - Abraham Lincoln:

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have


Stay safe, Stay healthy, fear not yourself, fear not your country, live today and plan for tomorrow.

All our best,
Sincerely,

Mr. Kevin Gast President / CEO, GAST GROUP

 

 

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