Faith and Solidarity

Healing Together

Together we can fight COVID-19. We must show faith in the act of solidarity, and act with solidarity in our faith.

Leaders of all faiths have an important role to play in fighting the spread of the COVID-19 disease, as well as ensuring that the South Africa that comes out of this crisis is a better one for all her people.

Show leadership in washing hands to protect neighbours, wearing masks to protect friends and fellows in faith, and keeping a safe distance to protect families.

Being a part of Faith and Solidarity is easy. There are many ways to support this movement, and through your support you make us all safer.

Human Coronaviruses are common throughout the world. There are many different coronaviruses identified in animals but only a small number of these can cause disease in humans.

On 7 January 2020, ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ or COVID-19. The majority of the case-patients initially identified were dealers and vendors at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in China. Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa.

The spread of the disease is thought to happen mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Thus far, the majority of cases have occurred in people with close physical contact to cases and healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19.

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or fever.

The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is still not fully clear. Reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

Treatment is supportive (providing oxygen for patients with shortness of breath or treating a fever, for example). To date, there is no specific antiviral treatment available. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections. However, antibiotics may be required if a bacterial secondary infection develops.

For rules and regulations, you should always use the South African Government website. Go to https://www.gov.za/coronavirus/guidelines to get the latest.

The following can provide protection against infection from Coronaviruses and many other viruses that are more common in South Africa:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at home when you are sick and try and keep a distance from others at home.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Do not gather indoors in groups of people you don’t live with unless absolutely necessary, and try not to remain indoors in a group for more than a few minutes.
  • Wear a mask whenever you are close to other people or in public. The mask must cover your mouth and nose.

Joining the movement

To show your support for the movement and to keep up to date with efforts to halt the disease and to heal the country, join us below:

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Share the Message

If you’d like to share the message, follow the links on the right hand side to download material you can use at your place of worship, share on your social media, or speak about in your gatherings.

The most important thing is to make sure you are sharing helpful, factual information with your congregations and communities.

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