College Statement on Coronavirus (Covid-19) To Students and Employees
The Government of Kenya announced on March 13, 2020 that Kenya has one case of Corona Virus infection. The government further announced measures to protect the public from further spread of the disease that has affected a major part of the world today. We urge all of you to follow the measures given by government officials through mainstream media (take note that fake news is also spreading from sources we shouldn’t trust or even share).
What are the symptoms of Covid-19?
The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, running nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. The disease is very dangerous and can kill a person immediately, however, some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell.
Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness and their condition may get aggravated. People with fever, cough and difficulty in breathing should seek medical attention.
How does Covid-19 spread?
- People can catch Covid-19 from others who have the virus.
- The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with Covid-19 coughs or exhales.
- These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person.
- Other people then catch Covid-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
- People can also catch Covid-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with Covid-19 who coughs or sneezes the droplets.
- This is why it is important to stay more than one meter (3 feet) away from a person who is infected or sick.
Precautions or What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?
- here is no shaking of hands and hugging with anyone.
- Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap (or liquid soap in public places) and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Keep some distance when talking with people.
- Do not go to public places without using sanitizer or wearing face mask.
- Maintain a distance of at least 2 meters (6 feet) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Persons with a cough or sneezing should stay home or hostel and keep away from social gatherings or crowded places and avoid mixing with others in a crowd.
- Maintain good respiratory hygiene as follows:
- Do NOT cough or sneeze with your mouth open.
- Ensure to cover your mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing with a handkerchief, tissue, or into a flexed elbow.
- Dispose of the used tissue immediately in a toilet or clean the handkerchief.
- Do NOT spit anywhere. Ensure to spit in a dustbin or washroom basins with flowing water.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth. If you want to touch your face, eyes, nose and mouth, wash your hands first before touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth. This is because, hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.
- You have to stay at home or in the hostel if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Consult a doctor immediately.
- The government has suspended all public gatherings, meetings, sporting events and any form of event that gathers a large number of people.
- The government has suspended all inter-school or inter-university events.
- The government has directed all public transport providers to provide hand sanitizers for their passengers and regular cleaning of the vehicles.
- The government has suspended visits to the prisons.
- The government has directed that; Church services can go on provided they can provide hand sanitizers as people walk into a place of worship.
- The college has suspended all educational trips and students going for teaching practice.
- The college has suspended all the student outreach and promotion trips.
- As much as possible avoid going away from the college premises because you may come in contact with the virus and bring it back to our community. Therefore as much as possible let us avoid other interactions with the outside world for the few weeks remaining
- Finally, Pray without ceasing 1 Thessalonians 5:17. God’s will will prevail.