Useful information for the Nigerian public on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, including the current situation in Nigeria and information about the virus and its symptoms. We hope the information will help you understand the virus better, and know what to do, if you come across or suspect someone of having the virus.
Information about coronavirus
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are normally transmitted between animals and people. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain of the virus that has not been previously identified in humans. For this novel coronavirus (nCoV), both zoonotic and person- to-person transmission has been confirmed.
Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.
Travel advice for Nigerian travelling to China
It is strongly advised that all non-essential travel to China should be delayed, until the outbreak is contained.
Travellers from Nigeria to China, are advised to avoid contact with sick people, animals (alive or dead) and animal markets.
Symptoms of coronavirus
This new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) appears to cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like cough, fever and breathing difficulties. From current evidence about 98 persons out of 100 persons with the disease recover, and it appears that death is not a common outcome.
Travellers from China and places specified below
If you have returned to the Nigeria from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:
stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
call NCDC to inform them of your recent travel. Their contact information is at the bottom of this page.
- Republic of Korea
- Hong Kong
Where to find up-to-date authoritative information on coronavirus in Nigeria
The ultimate authority on anything coronavirus, or anything else to do with disease in Nigeria is The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control or (NCDC) for short. It is the Nigerian government agency with the mandate to lead the prevention, detection, and control of communicable diseases.
The agency lists some of its functions as the detection, prevention, investigating and control communicable diseases of national and international public health importance. To report anything about coronavirus or any other serious diseases to them, here are their contact details:
Telephone: Toll-Free 0800 9700 0010
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