STAY MOTIVATED - AVOID COVID-19 INFECTION!

JMS wishes you continued health and wellbeing. 

 

COVID-19 has now directly affected more than 38 million persons globally. Experts indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic will continue well into 2021.

Significant scientific efforts are being made to ensure availability of effective vaccines at the earliest opportunity. We do not know when an effective vaccine will be ready for global roll-out. 

This situation reflects the continued importance of preventive measures in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. 

 

Globally, several countries are experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 infections as part of a ‘second wave ‘of the pandemic. New lockdown measures are already being applied in certain instances. Locally in Kenya, a recent rise in positivity rates is also raising concern about resurgence of COVID-19 infections due to enhanced community transmission.  

 

What lessons can we learn from countries experiencing resurgence of COVID-19 after the initial downward infection trends? 

  • Many countries have sought to strike a balance between easing COVID-19 restrictions to enhance movement and socio-economic activity versus continued application 
    of strict public health measures to effectively control the pandemic. It is now clear that both approaches need to be applied carefully too bring COVID-19 under control 
    as we transition to the ‘new normal’. 
  • In many countries, instances of COVID-19 resurgence have been linked to behavior that places individuals and groups at higher risk of COVID-19 infection e.g. participation 
    in gatherings and entertainment events with little or no COVID-19 safeguards.  
  • The term  ‘Pandemic fatigue’ has been used to describe a sense of weariness that comes from persistent vigilance and application of restrictive public health measures to 
    control the   COVID-19 pandemic .The emotional, social, and public health significance of ‘pandemic fatigue’ should not be understated even as we encourage each other 
    to stay motivated and practice self-care for the benefit of our physical & mental health. GAVI- Dangers of Pandemic fatigue ; 

 

Notwithstanding above, JMS strongly encourages UN personnel and dependents not to relax in practicing COVID-19 prevention measures at individual, family, and community settings.

The key PREVENTION MEASURES are re-stated below for our attention:  

  • Practice physical distancing: Avoid close physical contact with others(including handshakes and hugging). Maintain at least 2m separation from other people. 
  • Use Face covering/Face masks:Consistent and proper use of face coverings in public(or shared spaces) is critical in preventing the spread of COVID-19 to others in the community. 
  • Practice Hand hygiene: Remember to perform hand hygiene frequently with alcohol-based hand rub (minimum 60% alcohol) for at least 20 seconds,or wash hands frequently with 
    soap and water for at least 40 seconds. Do not touch your face before washing or sanitizing your hands. 
  • Practice Respiratory hygiene: Cover your nose and mouth with a bent elbow or use paper tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of the used tissue immediately and 
    perform hand hygiene. 
  • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces and high-risk gatherings:Keep away from high risk events or gatherings where COVID-19 preventive measures are not in place.

 

Remember to PRACTICE SELF-CARE:  

  • Recognize the common COVID-19 symptomsDo not self-medicate while ignoring persistent symptoms that need proper evaluation. 
    Stay at home & call JMS on Cell No +254 724 255 378 for further assistance. 
  • Keep your body healthy through regular exercise and eating a nutritionally balanced diet. 
  • Stay motivated: Enjoy motivating activities e.g. reading or listening to inspiring messages. 
  • Stay informed by reading reliable health information e.g. from the WHO & CDC. 
  • Practice safe, social connections with friends, family, or colleagues. 
  • Seek mental health support when you need it-JMS Staff counselors are available and can be reached online or through cell numbers:0728 961 939 or 0793 484 333 
  • Avoid stigma: Remember that anyone can get COVID-19. 

 

KEEP SAFE AND HEALTHY! 

JMS 24/7contacts: Tel: +254 724 255 378,Emailunon-jms-medicalevacuation@un.org   

Useful LinksWHO Updated COVID-19 F.A.Q's GAVI- Dangers of Pandemic fatigue ; WHO Mask video ;  WHO- Coping with stress during COVID-19; What to do when ill;