Symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19) to Lookout For

This posts will inform you about the symptoms of coronavirus you should be on the lookout for.

As you may have already known, Nigeria recorded her first case of the rampaging new coronavirus disease named COVID-19 on February 27, 2020. The case was confirmed and announced by the Federal Ministry of Health on same date through their Twitter page.

The case is said to be an Italian who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.

Since then, Nigeria has recorded, as of this writing, a total of 22 cases with one patient discharged and no deaths. You can read the situation report on the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) website here.

What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

What are the symptoms of coronavirus disease?

While you’re not to panic, it is important to know the symptoms or signs of coronavirus disease. Knowing the symptoms will help you in protecting yourself, assisting the country and the over 170 countries with incidences to get rid of the virus.

If you notice the symptoms in anyone, ensure you keep a distance of at least 1 metre (3 feet) away from the person and don’t use or touch items they’ve used or touched. If you notice symptoms in yourself, stay away from social activities, isolate yourself and inform your family about it. DON’T PANIC and call the NCDC on their toll-free line at 0800 970000 10. You do not need to have airtime or credit to call a toll-free line; the call is FREE.

According to WHO:

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

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According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, watchout for these symptoms of corona virus

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  • Cough (dry cough)
  • Fever
  • Breathing difficulties

People who have recently travelled from any country* with ongoing transmission of COVID-19 and feel unwell, should immediately contact NCDC on 07032864444 or 080097000010 (toll-free).

*Countries with widespread community transmission as at 13th March, 2020: China, Italy, Iran, Japan, Republic of Korea, Spain, Germany and France.

If you’re experiencing any or all of the symptoms, DO NOT PANIC. It could be just malaria or fever. Seek medical help first and follow the instructions of the doctor.

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Source: BBC

Keep yourself, your family and your society safe.

Remember, the fight against coronavirus is one which everybody has responsibilities to take. Report any suspected case to the NCDC.

God bless Nigeria.

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