Avoiding catching Coronavirus in Nigeria
Coronavirus - How to stay safe
Coronavirus – How to stay safe

“Clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub”

World Health Organisation.

Coronavirus is a new disease that can affect one’s lungs and airways

What are the risks of contracting coronavirus in Nigeria ?

  1. The Nigeria Center for Disease Control have emphasized that the Nigeria government is closely monitoring the ongoing novel Coronavirus which broke out in Wuhan, China town
  2. The virus is normally transmitted between animals and people
  3. According to the body, the risk of contacting the epidemic in Nigeria is still very low. But the body advises that travel to countries where news of the disease is prevalent should be suspended

How can coronavirus be spread ?

  1. Because it’s a new illness, one is not sure how exactly Coronavirus spread from person to person
  2. But similar viruses spread in cough droplets
  3. It’s highly unlikely Coronavirus can be spread through packages from affected countries or through food

How to avoid catching coronavirus in Nigeria

Here is a video of how to wash your hands properly, from CNN.

How to wash your hands properly - video
How to wash your hands properly – video
    1. Wash your hand with soap and water regularly. Use hand sanitizer gel if soap and water is not available
    2. Cover your nose with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze not with your hands
    3. Try to avoid contact with people who are unwell
    4. Put used tissue in the been straight away
    5. Do not touch your eyes,nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
    6. If you’ve been to China or other specified areas in the last 1 month, kindly go to their nearest hospital for a check up or test.

Symptoms of coronavirus

Symptoms of coronavirus
Symptoms of coronavirus

The following are the main symptoms of coronavirus.

  1. A cough
  2. high temperature
  3. Shortness of breath

How to isolate yourself if you think you have coronavirus in Nigeria.

The means that after one month or more you return from china and other affected places, and you fill some symptoms kindly do the following.

  1. Stay at home
  2. Try to avoid visitors from your home
  3. Do not go to school, office or any other public area
  4. Family relatives and friends can drop food for you

You can check this to know more about how to prevent Coronavirus in Nigeria.

Update from Nigerian ministry of health on Coronavirus

– 9 March 2020——

All other contacts of the index case in Ogun and Lagos will remain in isolation and testing will be carried out on those not yet tested, including some in other states.On the case reported in the US of Nigerian origin, we are in touch with colleagues at the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and here in Abuja.
The case visited Lagos in February 2020. However, given the timelines between the time he was in Nigeria briefly and when he became ill, the likelihood that he was infected in Lagos is very low. The Federal Ministry of Heath, and Lagos and Ogun States Health Ministries assure citizens of our commitment to do all needed to control spread of this outbreak. Since the first case was confirmed in Nigeria on 27th of February 2020, the National Emergency Operations Centres (EOC) in Abuja, continues to work closely with Lagos and Ogun State EOCs to coordinate response activities. I again strongly advise against spreading misinformation to cause fear and panic. The Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC will continue to provide prompt and reliable updates and initiate all measures required to protect our people.A globally emerging lesson here is that some people who contracted COVID-19 appear to experience zero or only mild illness and will recover; however, other patients develop more severe symptoms, especially if they have other underlying illnesses, or are weakened by old age.

Coronavirus prevention reminder:
• Regularly and thoroughly wash hands with soap & water for at least 30 seconds, if not possible use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
• Maintain at least 2 metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing repeatedly.
• Be sure you and people around you follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning, to cover the mouth and nose with a tissue or handkerchief if coughing or sneezing and disposing of used tissue immediately. Alternatively, use your bent elbow when you cough or sneeze, when no tissue is available.
• Do not mingle with people or congregate, but instead stay at home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough, sneezing, or difficulty in breathing.
• Please call NCDC toll-free number which is available 24/7 for guidance- 080097000010.
• Do not engage in lengthy self-medication Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels including Lagos State Ministry of Health, Ogun State Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Federal Ministry of Health.

Latest updates on coronavirus outbreak around the world

Frequently asked questions about Coronavirus

1. Does warmer temperature in Nigeria slow down Coronavirus, given that we have not had as many cases as they have in colder countries?
There is no evidence that higher temperature impair coronavirus. However, sunlight, UV light contained in sunlight to be more accurate, kills bacteria and viruses, including coronavirus. So the abundance of UV light in Nigeria, could be helping to slow down and hill off the transmission of Coronavirus.

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