Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak
In January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and in March 2020 it was declared a Pandemic by WHO as it was spreading around the world.
All sections of our society –including businesses and employers –must play a role if we are to stop the spread of this disease.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
Stay informed with these resources -
Barbados Coronavirus 24-hour Hotline for public queries about the coronavirus, COVID-19: Telephone - 536-4500
Are you an elderly person or living with a disability in Barbados? The Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs has a COVID-19 helpline for you. Call 536-HOPE / 536-4673 for guidance and advice.
World Health Organization website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Barbados Government Information Service: https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/
Who is at higher risk?
- Older adults
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
Take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease..
- Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
- During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.