Some Kenyans still unaware of coronavirus

Some Kenyans still unaware of coronavirus
Coronavirus virus

In Summary

  • Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 is exhibited through various symptoms including, fever, tiredness, and dry cough.
  • According to WHO, these symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually; but to be on the safe side, you are urged to maintain high standards of hygiene while and reduce travel to outbreak zones.

It has been two months since the first case of coronavirus was reported in China with a lot of reports making headlines.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Japan has 254 cases; Singapore 108; Iran 1,501; France 100; Italy 1,689; and China 80,174.

Globally there are now 89,527 confirmed cases, 3,056 death and 67 countries with confirmed cases.

WHO has urged every nation to be prepared but information regarding the coronavirus remains scanty for some, especially in Kenya.

Joyce Mbako from Ngong told Citizen TV: “Mimi sijaskia ata sijui ni nini, unless mnielezee kinagaubaga nielewe.”

Charles Ndung’u from Nairobi however said: “Nimeiskia lakini sina information about it, nilikuwa nigoogle, najua tu inarelate na China….”

Jecinta Ruguru from Kirigo said: “Nimeskia inakuja na ni homa kali, na unaskia joto, sasa kama mimi mzee na tunaskianga joto hivi sana tutajuaje si corona.”

The three may be a representation of a percentage of Kenyans who are not familiar with what coronavirus is.

This despite the disease trending on social media and making headlines for two months now.

“We have not seen any committee deal with sensitization or anything in education and all… do we feel safe……”Maxwell  Kipsang from Nairobi said.

Kennedy Onyancha added: “Serikali inafaa kuwajibika iweke mabango na nini ili kuwahamisha wakenya.”

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