As of 13 Aug 2020 Fiji has 28 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Find out more
There is no evidence that current medicine can prevent or cure COVID-19. While some western, traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of COVID-19 they do not cure or treat COVID-19. Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections and COVID-19 is caused by a virus hence antibiotics do not work for COVID-19.
However, there are several ongoing clinical trials happening to develop vaccines and specific antiviral medicine to prevent and treat COVID-19.
Fever clinics are an important part of Fiji's COVID-19 response plans. It allows people to seek treatment without going to a hospital. Only those who have a fever should go to a fever clinic and there is no need for an appointment. You show up and will be assessed by a nurse.
The clinics are open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm with additional hours for Punjas Health Centre and Kamikamica Health Centre (Lautoka) which are open from 8am-10pm, 7 days a week. The Valelevu Health Centre in Nasinu is open 24 hours.
The information is adapted from the Ministry of Health
Isolation is the separation of ill or infected persons from others to prevent the spread of COVID19 or contamination.
Quarantine is the restriction of activities or the separation of people who are not ill but who may been exposed to COVID19. The objective is to monitor their symptoms and ensure the early detection of cases.
No, you can still pick up Covid-19 on gloves. If you then touch your phone, face, car door etc the contamination from your gloves can go to your face and infect you.
Adapted from the World Health Organisation
The incubation period means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease.
It is currently estimated that the incubation period for COVID-19 ranges from 1-14 days.
While people are mostly infectious when they experience (flu-like) symptoms, it may be possible that people can transmit the virus without having any symptoms or before the symptoms appear. However, investigations are ongoing to determine this.
The latest advice from the World Health Organisation states:
See the World Health Organisation advice on masks and watch the video below for more information.
Social distancing are steps one takes to stop or slow down the spread of COVID-19. It is making sure there is less contact between you and other people. This helps reduce the risk of breathing in droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
See the video below for further information
From March 11, Fiji is able to do diagnostic testing for the virus which was previously being done in Australia.
The information is adapted from the Minister of Health's Twitter