COVID-19 COSAFA AfriCAN: Comoros football stars, personalities combine to spread message

Football stars, sports personalities and artists from around the world have been helping to send the message of hope in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

This is also true for the Comoros Islands, where some of the country’s top players and coaches have lent their voice to the campaign to create awareness around the deadly virus in a video created by filmmaker Hamza Ahamada.

These include Comoros national team coach Amir Abdou, striker Ben El Fardou, who plays for Red Star Belgrade in Serbia, Belgian-based winger Faïz Selemani, defender Kassim Abdallah, who plays in France and Sweden-based Fouad Bachirou, among others.

There has as yet been no reported coronavirus cases in Comoros, while government has banned incoming flights to the country and large gatherings.

But with so many ties back to France, which has been one of the hardest hit countries in Europe, there remains concern for family members and friends.

And just because there has been no cases in Comoros as yet does not mean the country should not be vigilant for the future.

You can check out the video, in French right here.

Remember to adhere to the guidelines laid out by the World Health Organisation in the bid to combat the coronavirus outbreak, which include:

Wash your hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth: Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene: Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early: Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.