“It is recommended that public communication amplifies the link between contaminated services and the spread of the disease,” the report notes.
According to the report, though 50 per cent of the respondents know one or two symptoms of the disease, some 16 per cent do not know any symptom out of the five listed despite numerous communication messages aired in the media.
“Coughing and fever are the two main symptoms of the Covid-19 that Kenyans are most aware of at 77 per cent and 70 per cent respectively. There is low awareness of symptoms such as headaches and difficulty in breathing,” the report reads in part.
The report indicates there are misconceptions that symptoms of the disease include sore throat and flu symptoms.
This is a clear indication that information of fever and coughing being symptoms of the disease has been engrained in the mindset of Kenyans but there are crucial knowledge gaps in other symptoms.
“Kenyans need more information on other symptoms. There seems to be a need to have more platforms and channels to sensitise the public on the symptoms,” said the report.
Although there are five recommended preventive measures against the disease, 76 per cent of the respondents have adopted only one or two of these.
However, 18 per cent have not adopted any of the recommended measures.
According to the report, 72 per cent of the respondents wash their hands with soap and water, some 39 per cent use alcoholic sanitisers compared to 26 per cent who are currently avoiding shaking hands, hugging or kissing.
Twenty-five per cent of the respondents have adhered to keeping a distance of at least two to three steps from people with flu-like symptoms, while only three per cent have avoided crowded places and public gatherings.