Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SAB Medical Aid is taking prudent and proactive steps to ensure members are covered in response to COVID-19.

About coronaviruses

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.

A novel coronavirus is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, which indicates that person-to-person spread is occurring.

How does the virus spread?

COVID-19 spreads quickly, through:

  • coughing or sneezing – people could catch COVID-19 if they are standing within one metre of a person who has the illness, by breathing in droplets coughed out or exhaled by the ill person;
  • close personal contact, such as when shaking hands or touching others;
  • touching an object or surface on which the virus is found (after an ill person coughs or exhales close to these objects or surfaces such as desks, tables or telephones), then - before washing the hands – touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 infection?

The primary symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

“The global outbreak has proven that no country or citizen is immune to the spread of coronavirus 2019. However, we are confident in our country’s ability to manage the first local case of COVID-19 and further cases as they present.”

COVID-19 Online Doctor Consultations

The online doctor consultations platform gives everyone access to reliable information, risk screening and, when necessary, free online medical consultations with a doctor.

Click below to start your registration and complete the risk assessment to book a consultation with a doctor.

Understanding COVID-19

Caster Semenya's tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19

It’s hard to keep up with the pace of news around the global health emergency that is the novel coronavirus 2019 – now known as COVID-19. We have an opportunity to unite in our understanding and response to the presence of COVID-19, to prevent the spread of the virus in South Africa. In this podcast, Dr Ryan Noach, Discovery Health CEO shares his insights on COVID-19 by providing a clear breakdown of what COVID-19 is, how to understand it, and what we can do to best manage the risks that it represents. Stay Informed. Stay Healthy.

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