Call from Algerians Scientists Abroad
Safety measures for yourself, your loved ones in Algeria
To our mothers, our fathers, our sisters, our brothers, our daughters in our beloved country, Algeria,
To all the Algerians,
Coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic that can spread very quickly and can cause a serious lung disease. Currently there is no known effective cure. One of the best measures to deal with covid-19 is to slow down its spread among people.
We, the undersigned, the Algerian Scientists living abroad, call upon all to take all necessary precautions and measures recommended by The Algerian Government and WHO to avoid the spread of COVID-19 also loosely referred to as coronavirus.
To protect yourself and others, we recommend the following:
- Learn how you can contract the virus:
- The virus spreads when you inhale the cough/sneeze droplets from someone who is infected.
- These droplets can also get in your hands or face. So, do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if you have been outside and have not washed your hands
- Learn how you can limit the spread of the virus:
- Avoid gathering with large number of people (weddings, sport and social events etc.).
- Avoid any large gathering, as they contribute to increasing the spread of the virus.
- If you are sick, feeling tired, experiencing fever and flu-like symptoms avoid Jamaa and Joumoua Prayers to avoid any contamination and spread the virus.
- Avoid hand shaking and hugging and being in close proximity to those around you.
- If you have mild flu-like symptoms (fever and dry cough), report them to the health authorities AND isolate yourself at home for at least two weeks or until you have recovered.
- If the disease worsens, get urgent medical attention
- Limit visiting sick relatives or friends at their homes or when in hospitals
- Wash hands as often as possible with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and as soon as you get home
- Stay at home whenever possible
- Avoid contact with the elderly, sick patients, and people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart conditions.
DO NOT PANIC.
Countries across the globe are taking these measures very seriously as they represent the best option to containing this public health crisis. A number of countries have been able to control the disease by simply reducing contact between individuals. We should follow the same strategy of “social distancing” in order to effectively prevent the widespread of the infection in Algeria.
As clinical and non-clinical Algerian scientists, we ask you to take our recommendations very seriously.
May Allah protect you, your families and Algeria.