Advisories and guidelines from the Ministry of Health, Guyana
- Govt announces new COVID measures for August– vaccination requirement imposed for certain activities The Government has made significant changes to the gazetted COVID-19 Emergency Measures for […]
- National COVID-19 Task Force Advisory for Emancipation Day
- Make use of COVID-19 vaccination sites – Minister AnthonyMinister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony MP is encouraging the public to make use of the 100 fixed vaccination sites […]
- Govt working to secure Sputnik V second dosesMinister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony is appealing to persons awaiting their second dose of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine […]
- Govt liaising with partners to source COVID-19 vaccines for childrenThe Ministry of Health has been in discussions with several of its partners to procure COVID-19 vaccines for children over […]
- 27.5 per cent of adult population fully vaccinated – Minister AnthonyAs a result of the Government’s proactive approach to vaccine procurement, to date more than 27.5 per cent of Guyana’s […]
- Govt to decide on mandatory Covid vaccinationMinister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony, MP, says the Government is paying close attention to the evolution of COVID-19 in […]
- Ongoing collaboration between Govt, CARPHA on variant testingMinister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony, MP, says testing for COVID-19 variants in Guyana is ongoing with the Caribbean Public […]
- ‘Use your influence to save your people’– Minister Anthony tells Region Eight leaders Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony MP, is appealing to community leaders in […]
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.
HOW IT SPREADS
Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal.
Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.
People may experience:
- difficulty breathing (severe cases)
There’s currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:
- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
- Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
- Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
- Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell
- Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean
There is no specific medicine to prevent or treat coronavirus disease (COVID-19). People may need supportive care to help them breathe.
If you have mild symptoms, stay at home until you’ve recovered. You can relieve your symptoms if you:
- rest and sleep
- keep warm
- drink plenty of liquids
- use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough
If you develop a fever, cough, and have difficulty breathing, promptly seek medical care. Call in advance and tell your health provider of any recent travel or recent contact with travelers.
Cases Per Million
For informational purposes only.
Consult your local medical authority for advice.
Source: World Health Organization