Wednesday, March 18, 2020

#COVID-19 Scare : Test Kits Should Be Provided At Event Venues – Kojo Preko Dankwa

Award-winning radio presenter, Kojo Preko Dankwa has suggested that Coronavirus test kits should be provided at all entertainment event centres to screen patrons.

In a discussion via a phone interview on No. 1 FM with Nana Kwame Gyan, he revealed that events are also important therefore people attending such gatherings must be screened to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Preko elaborated on the fact that there are no events organising association to check all these as in the likes of other associations in the country but the safest way to help put measures in place is to make sure that mouth and nose guards, hand gloves, sanitizers and running water are provided at these event centres.

According to him, if all event organizers cannot adhere to the COVID-19 safety measures then it is better to cancel the event.

“I think mouth guards, sanitizers and hand gloves should be given to people who attend events to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” Kojo Preko Dankwa said on No. 1Fm.


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus. The disease was first identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has since spread globally, resulting in the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, and dry cough, whereas the American CDC says to watch for fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The infection is typically spread from one person to another via respiratory droplets produced during coughing and sneezing. Time from exposure to onset of symptoms is generally between two and 14 days, with an average of five days.

The standard method of diagnosis is by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) from a nasopharyngeal swab or throat swab.

The infection can also be diagnosed from a combination of symptoms, risk factors and a chest CT scan showing features of pneumonia.

Recommended measures to prevent the disease include frequent hand washing, maintaining distance from others, and not touching one’s face.

The use of masks is recommended for those who suspect they have the virus and their caregivers but not the general public.

There is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. Management involves treatment of symptoms, supportive care, isolation and experimental measures.

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