Q. WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
Q. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS AND COMPLICATIONS THAT CORONAVIRUS CAN CAUSE?
Current symptoms reported for patients with Coronavirus have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
Q. HOW DOES THE VIRUS SPREAD?
Coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person to person between people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet). The virus spreads via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and their droplets either land in the mouths or noses of nearby people or are inhaled into their lungs. It may be possible that a person can get Coronavirus by touching a surface that has the virus on it and touching their mouth or eyes before washing their hands, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Q. IS CORONAVIRUS ALREADY SPREADING ACROSS NIGERIA?
So far, only one case has been reported in Lagos Nigeria. If more cases are positively identified, appropriate communications as guided by the Federal Ministry of Health will occur.
Q. HOW CAN I HELP PROTECT MYSELF?
The best preventative steps for any communicable disease include simple but important measures to practice as part of your daily routine:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
Q. I PLAN TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE NIGERIA WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Travel abroad to a country experiencing an outbreak carries potential risk. These include risks of exposure, difficulty with travel, or possible immigration barriers upon return to NIGERIA. We strongly recommend not traveling to locations with Level 3 alerts or higher
Q. WHAT COUNTRIES ARE DESIGNATED LEVEL 3 WARNING, AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
A Level 3 Warning is in effect for China (this does not include Hong Kong, Macau, or the island of Taiwan) and South Korea. Based on widespread community transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises avoiding nonessential travel to these countries.
Q. WHAT COUNTRIES ARE DESIGNATED LEVEL 2 ALERT BY THE CDC, AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
A Level 2 Alert has been issued for Iran, Italy, and Japan. These destinations are experiencing sustained community transmission of respiratory illness caused by Coronavirus. Older adults and persons with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel.
Q. WHAT IF I TRAVELED TO A LEVEL 2 OR 3 ALERT COUNTRY IN THE LAST 14 DAYS AND RETURNED TO NIGERIA, OR HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE I BELIEVE TO HAVE CORONAVIRUS?
Take your temperature twice a day and remain alert for fever, coughs, or difficulty breathing.
If you develop a fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing, PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR.
It is advised that you self-isolate pending further instructions from medical professionals.