Zimbabwe national team star Ovidy Karuru has made an impassioned plea to fans to remain in their homes to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Karuru, who currently plies his trade for South African Premier Soccer League side Stellenbosch FC, says the only effective way to slow the spread of the deadly virus is by practicing social distancing, which means not leaving home unless absolutely necessary to buy food or seek medical care.
“Staying at home means saving lives,” he said. “So please, the people of Zimbabwe, I plead and I beg you to stay at home and be prayerful, because only God can save us from the virus.
“This COVID-19 is real, it is killing a lot of people. So, save your brother, save your sister, save a family member, save a friend, by staying at home.
“Once you go out it means the spreading of the virus will be faster. But if you stay at home, that is the only way we can contain it as a family.”
Karuru joined Stellies in January from AmaZulu, and netted his first goal in a 1-0 win over Polokwane City.
He has been in the PSL since the 2014/15 season when he signed for Kaizer Chiefs, spending two seasons at Naturena, before the move to Usuthu.He has also previously played in France for Boulogne, and in Belgium with OH Leuven.
The 31-year-old netted six goals in the 2017 COSAFA Cup, including a hat-trick against Seychelles, having made his Warriors debut in 2007.
Fans should 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.