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News Tuberculosis and COVID-19

People ill with COVID-19 and Tuberculosis (TB) shows similar symptoms such as cough, fever and difficulty in breathing. Both diseases attack primarily the lungs and although both biological agent is transmitted mainly via close contact, the incubation period from exposure to disease in TB is longer, often with a slow onset.


Measures to be taken by people with TB to reduce their risk for COVID-19:

  • Physical distancing with home-quarantine; while at home also avoid contact with people as much as possible.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Don’t touch face, nose, eyes with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are unwell.
  • Strictly adhere to your TB treatment.
  • Avoid hospital visits as much as possible and keep in touch with your doctor/nurse/health facility by phone.
  • Use masks, and take extra caution to maintain hygiene
    • Frequent disinfection of hands used surfaces, proper disposal of used tissues, etc.