During the COVID-19 pandemic, many marketplaces are adding health and safety measures like physical distancing and disinfecting hands and surfaces. If you are a market vendor, you may be at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 because of all the people you come into contact with. But there are important things you can do to protect yourself and others.
First, always wear a mask or other face-covering that covers your nose and mouth. This will prevent you from spraying mucus droplets when you speak, cough, or sneeze. It will also help protect you from breathing in droplets from other people.
Second, wash your hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after touching objects or surfaces that other people may have touched, such as doorknobs, coins, toilets, tables, and water taps.
Third, try to use mobile money as much as possible. This will limit contact with coins and paper money, which may harbour the COVID-19 virus.
Fourth, try to maintain a distance of two metres between yourself and others. If possible, use tape or a rope to draw a space around your stall. This will help you sell your product safely without coming into close contact with others.
By practising these tips, we can all stay safe and healthy!
I tell everyone in my village to wear their masks any time they come into close contact with another person, especially at the market, in vehicles, or in other crowded areas. Some women have even started selling their own handmade cloth masks to earn extra income. During these difficult times, we must all help each other.
If you’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to the virus, you need to stay at home and monitor your symptoms for 14 days.
During these 14 days, avoid contact with other people, wash your hands regularly, and sanitize any objects or surfaces that you touch with soap and water or alcohol-based disinfectant.
If you don’t develop symptoms such as fever, dry cough, body aches, or difficulty breathing during this time, you no longer need to self-isolate. BUT you must continue to practise physical distancing, regular handwashing, and wearing a mask in public spaces to avoid getting sick in the future.
An infected person can spread mucus droplets when they cough, sneeze, or breathe, and a healthy person can become infected by inhaling those droplets.
But the virus can also be spread if a healthy person touches a surface or object where the virus is present, and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
That’s why it’s so important to maintain a physical distance of at least one metre from people outside of your household and wash your hands with soap and water regularly. Avoid physical contact by greeting people with a bow, a wave, or a nod. It might feel unnatural, but it’s for everyone’s safety!
Think carefully and critically about the information you receive and share.If you hear something or if you receive a message about COVID-19, check to see if it came from a professional and ethical newspaper, news website, TV or radio station. Only trust information from credible sources and health authorities in your area. Accurate information keeps all of us safe!
Unfortunately, some families don’t have access to soap, which puts them at risk of catching other infectious diseases as well. For families without soap, experts suggest rubbing your hands vigorously for a few minutes with water to protect yourself against harmful viruses or bacteria, including the COVID-19 virus. But this method should ONLY be used if soap is not available and only as a last resort!
People may try to sell you herbal cures or natural treatments for COVID-19, but these remedies are often untested and could be dangerous to your health.
The World Health Organization and scientists around the world are working hard to confirm the safety and efficacy of several drugs to treat and prevent COVID-19. But until a drug or vaccine is approved and distributed by a certified health authority in your area, please DO NOT take medication that has not been scientifically tested and verified.
Scientists are testing several drugs to treat the symptoms of COVID-19, but right now there is NO treatment for this disease.
If you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19, the best treatment is to stay at home, isolate yourself from others, and get plenty of rest. Most people make a full recovery within a few weeks. If your symptoms get worse, contact a clinic or hospital. Do NOT self-medicate with unproven drugs or remedies. Tell your friends and family that you are ill and stay safe.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic abuse is on the rise and many women are trapped in abusive households with nowhere to go.
It is normal for many men to feel angry, sad, scared and stressed during this crisis—but it’s important to manage these emotions in a healthy way. Do NOT resort to physical or emotional abuse. Treat all women with the same respect you would want people to show your grandmother, your mother, your sister, or your wife.
Together we can end domestic abuse and keep our communities safe.
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: ADD HELPLINE/HOTLINE NUMBERS FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE SURVIVORS – OR THE FAMILY PROTECTION UNIT OF THE POLICE FORCE IF AVAILABLE IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY OR IN YOUR COUNTRY. THE SITUATION WILL BE DIFFERENT IN EVERY COUNTRY SO PLEASE ADD THE BEST AND MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR AREA.)
Consuming alcohol is NOT a healthy way to deal with stress or other emotions. Alcoholic drinks like beer, wine, and others have little or no nutritional value. And drinking too much alcohol can lead to serious health problems. If you do drink alcohol, drink in moderation. Try to maintain a healthy and balanced diet by drinking healthier beverages such as water, fresh fruit juice, or tea.
Contributed by: Maxine Betteridge-Moes, freelance journalist and former Broadcaster Resources Advisor with FRI Ghana.
This resource is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.