Children Representative Forum, a national youth group in the country cautions children and adults to follow preventive measures such as hands washing and social distance, among others instituted by health authorities, including the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia to stay safe.
Speaking to this paper, a member of the Children Forum, Emmanuel Barzon says the corona virus knows no borders or does not distinguish, so everyone should keep safe.
“We all should listen and follow health protocols; symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath”, he warns.
Barzon explains that in severe cases, infection could cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties, underscoring, this is why testing is required to confirm if someone has COVID -19.
He urges residents who experience any these symptoms to immediately visit the nearest clinic or hospital to avoid spread of the virus.
He notes that older people with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease appear to be more at risk of developing severe symptoms and are quickly killed by the virus, adding, if any individual of such is in your environment with these symptoms, please report the case quickly by calling 4455.
He details that the virus is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected individual (generated through coughing and sneezing).
An individual may also be infected from touching surface contaminated with the virus and touching his or her face, eye, nose, and mouth.
Emmanue further cautions citizens to always cover their mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing and to dispose used tissue immediately, always wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizers several times daily to contain the virus.
By Lewis S. Teh–Editing by Jonathan Browne