Talking less will help reduce spread of coronavirus – Health Minister

The Minister of Health, Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has entreated all to avoid talking unnecessarily to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“So many of us are talking unnecessarily and if you are infected, you open your mouth and the virus comes out. If you don’t need to talk, don’t talk especially when you don’t have the mask. They are telling us that we shouldn’t even laugh, especially when you don’t have the mask. We shouldn’t even sing. If we don’t observe these basic guidelines the disease will continue to spread,” he emphasized.

Mr Agyeman-Manu made this remark at a press briefing on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

His statement comes on the back of a research conducted by the US National Institutes of Health indicates that thousands of droplets from the mouths of people who are talking loudly can stay in the air for between eight and 14 minutes before disappearing.

“We are being asked to observe social distancing, yet some of us behave as if we haven’t heard what is going on. So, we should begin to accept the fact that the disease will be here for a while but we should try to reduce the rate at which we are spreading and getting infected,” Mr Agyeman-Manu added. We are being asked to observe social distancing, yet some of us behave as if we haven’t heard what is going on. So, we should begin to accept the fact that the disease will be here for a while but we should try to reduce the rate at which we are spreading and getting infected,” Mr Agyeman-Manu added.

He also said though complying may seem uncomfortable, “when we are not in normal times you manage what is around you”.

As at Thursday, May 14, Ghana’s Coronavirus cases had increased to 5,530 with 674 recoveries and 24 deaths.

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