...or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus

This involves a continuous 14 day stint where you limit your movements and contact with other humans.

It is advisable to self isolate if you have travelled to a country with high infection rates, the 14 days starts as soon as you arrive back in Zimbabwe. Just by being on a plane with other travellers puts you at risk of being in contact with the virus, as such we recommend that you act responsibly and self isolate. This will help reduce the spread of the virus.

We self isolate to protect others, as you could either be a carrier of the virus or it could be the early stages of the infection. By minimising human contact you limit the possibility of you spreading the virus.

  • It is advisable to use telecommunication to talk to friends and family and if possible work from home.

  • During the 14 days do not use public transport.

  • Only leave your house if it is essential to do so, such as for food and medicine and you should wear a mask and gloves, and make these tips as breif as possible. If it is possible get someone to deliver these items to your house.

  • It is advisable to stock up enough food to last 14 days, or speak to your friends and family, they can deliver items to you, but it is suggested that they leave the items outside and you collect them.

  • Eat healthily and exercise regularly.

  • It is also important to look after your emotional and mental wellbeing, isolation can be stressful and it is normal to feel lonely, make sure you continue to reach out to your usual support.

  • Try to keep active and stick to your usual routine.

  • If you start to exhibit any symptoms or if you have any questions phone your GP. Do not just go to your GP and sit in the waiting room!!!!

The symptoms to look out for include:

  1. A persistent cough

  2. Shortness of breath

  3. Fatigue

If you live with others they will need to self isolate as well.

What is a carrier?

These are people who either present asymptomatic (no symptoms) or who present with mild symptoms. Research suggests that these people are unknowingly driving the spread of the virus.

This is the main reason why it is essential to self isolate.

Your immune system may be strong enough to cope with the virus, but you may pass the virus on to someone who has a compromised immune system, which means that they will not be able to fight off the virus as easily.