Coronavirus Cases in Kenya: Kenya has confirmed its first coronavirus case in Kenya. The case was confirmed by the cabinet secretary for health Mutahi Kagwe on Friday morning.
The case was confirmed yesterday. The case Is a Kenyan citizen returning from Ohio in US to Nairobi via London on 5th March. She was confirmed positive by the national influenza lab. CS Kagwe says that although patient, a Kenyan, is stable and eating, she will not be released from hospital until she is confirmed negative. The government says it has traced all contacts the patient made since her arrival.
“I have invoked the public health act after it was declared a pandemic. Thoroughly wash hands and use alcohol based sanitizers. Keep 1-meter distance from a person who is sneezing or coughing. A person who is coughing or sneezing should stay at home and avoid crowds.
All public gatherings meetings, games, events, church crusades have been suspended. Churches can have services as long as they have sanitizer. Schools to remain open but inter school games are cancelled,” said Kagwe.
The virus can make people sick, usually with a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold. Coronavirus symptoms include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, possibly a headache and maybe a fever, which can last for a couple of days.
For those with a weakened immune system, the elderly and the very young, there’s a chance the virus could cause a lower, and much more serious, respiratory tract illness like a pneumonia or bronchitis.
There is no specific treatment, but research is underway. Most of the time, symptoms will go away on their own and experts advise seeking care early. If symptoms feel worse than a standard cold, see your doctor.
The novel coronavirus has infected more than 132,500 people and killed nearly 5,000 globally, according to the World Health Organization. At its lowest estimated fatality rate based on current data, Covid-19 is thought to kill some 1-2% of known patients, compared to around 0.1% for winter influenza, and it appears to be about as infectious as the flu, if not more so.