The World Health Organization gave the following statements about coronavirus.“Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans.Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
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. ”
Quick Facts about #COVID-19
What You Can Do
Recommendations for Nigeria
1. Federal Government of Nigeria may provide free medical check-up and treatment for persons who have fever, common cold (cough and catarrh), body pains, and other respiratory diseases until the COVID-19 is properly managed. This will enable early detection of new cases.
2. If you notice that your neighbour feels sick, advice them to see the doctor or call emergency number to assist the neighbour. Do not encourage them to conceal the symptoms.
3. Public health workers handling patients should remain in the hospital facility unless if the patients are confirmed free of coronavirus.
4. Teachers, students, religious leaders and members, colleagues at work should report any sickness within this period and treat as medical emergencies following their organisation’s procedures and personally follow up on the case until confirmed negative.
5. Avoid shaking of hands or hugging, etc. especially in areas where COVID-19 has been confirmed. Wash hands regualrly. Avoid touching your mouth, nose, eyes especially if you have made contacts with sick persons.
6. Avoid public gathering & crowded places as much as you can. If you or someone around you wants to cough or sneeze, keep safe distance to avoid possible infection. Federal Ministry of Health recommends 1.5m social distance from people#COVID-19 #Coronavirus #2019ncoronavirus