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Factsheet for Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

What is Covid-19 (coronavirus)

Covid-19 (coronavirus) is a new virus passed by person to person contact causing flu symptoms and possibly serious breathing difficulties for older people or people who have underlying health conditions.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some persons may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment, but others may become seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention, but do not just go to your medical practitioner's office - call in advance first.

Are people who are blind or have low vision higher risk ?

People with blindness and low vision have to use their hands to explore and touch things more frequently than a sighted person might, such as hand rails. This may be a risk particularly in public areas. This means they have a greater chance catching the virus from infected sources or objects they come into contact with.

How can I avoid catching Covid-19

The best protective measures is proper hygiene, wash your hands frequently for least 20 seconds with soap and water after any contact with surfaces outside the home and especially before eating. Avoid touching your face. Use 60% alcohol hand sanitizer if soap isn't available.

To make it easier to find frequently needed items such as Kleenex, hand sanitizers, or cleaning supplies, place them on a tray or in a plastic box. Put an elastic band on bottles of cleaner to identify them.

Clean/disinfect all frequently used surfaces. High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

Avoid large groups of people and public transportation

Members with Diabetes

Currently the Bermuda Diabetes Association is running its pharmacy as usual. Business hours 8.30 to 3pm.

Please use hand sanitizer on the counter They request that you stand one yard back from the counter and do not form queues inside the building.

Their phone number is 297 8427

What should you do if you think you have Covid-19 (coronavirus)

1.  Stay at home

2.  Avoid contact with other people.

3.  Contact you doctor by phone (do not visit before calling)

4.  Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).

Advice and assistance is available by phone from Vision Bermuda on 292 3231 or 534 7922.

We offer only support and practical guidance but cannot advise on medical needs.

Further information and updates call the government hotline

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