Useful resources to stay updated on the progress and response to the COVID-19 pandemic

PathCare (including Vermaak) is a group of private laboratories in South Africa and Namibia working closely with the NICD and according to their guidelines to increase testing capacity for the virus that causes COVID-19. This is an International effort aimed at detecting and limiting the spread of this virus in our communities. The ability to trace, inform the patient and doctor is crucial at this point of the epidemic; the details for contacting the patient and healthcare worker must be received when a patient is referred (the PUI form). We assist with the collection and transport of specimens to the NICD at no cost to the patient, or can do the tests in our labs at a cost of R995.00. Testing is also available through many NHLS laboratories around South Africa. Symptomatic patients can be referred for testing by their doctor at any of our list of branches published here daily.


GENEVA, Switzerland, March 29, 2020/APO Group/ —

The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall on floors or surfaces.
You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within 1 meter of a person who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.
To protect yourself, keep at least 1 meter distance from others and disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently. Regularly clean your hands thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
The message spreading on social media that COVID-19 is airborne; is INCORRECT. Help stop misinformation. Verify the facts before sharing.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of World Health Organization (WHO)

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