Last Updated on February 28, 2020 by Ope Quadri
It’s no longer news that the deadly disease Covid-19 is in Nigeria, the next action is how to prevent the spread of the deadly virus, what to look out for and how to report coronavirus in Nigeria immediately we noticed some of the symptoms.
Countries with cases of coronavirus globally
The coronavirus has spread to the following countries:
- China (Where it originated)
- South Korea
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- United States
- Origin of coronavirus
Like a joke, coronavirus was first discovered in a Chinese city of Wuhan? According to report, the virus came from animals, most especially who shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in China.
A lot of irritating food and animals the Chinese people consume have been shared social media and online platforms suggesting that the CVID may have been contracted from such food.
According to report from Geneva, over 10 countries detected the deadly virus cases in the past 24 hours. It’s spreading so FAST!
Why did it spread so fast across the World?
Social media is gagged in China, there is state control of information that goes out. As such, when the virus was first discovered, it was learnt that the Chinese government prevented anyone from making it public or from reporting it to the outside world.
China thought it was something it could find a solution to in time because the government realised that it was getting out before the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced it as a global epidemic.
China thought it could curtail its spread.
Right now, Director-General of WHO Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus alerted all countries to gear up themselves for potential pandemic.
He was quoted by aljazeera.com as saying, “This virus has pandemic potential.”
How to check if you have coronavirus (symptoms)
Experts also confirms that the virus can cause pneumonia, meaning those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties.
There could also be organ failure.
In a message which is circulating on the social media, there is a simple way to actually check out for the symptoms of the deadly virus.
It’s gathered that it could take several days before carrier of the virus could know he has the virus, so to know if you have signs of coronavirus, a Taiwan medical expert provides simple self-check one can do every morning
How to do self-check for CVID
- Step 1: Take a deep breath
- Step 2: Hold your breath for more than 10 seconds.
If you are able to complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stuffiness or tightness , etc , it shows that there is no fibrosis in your lungs which is an indication of of no infection.
If you’re unable to do the simple self-check successfully, please contact Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)
Prevention of the spread of coronavirus
- Ensure to avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Try as much as possible to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- When you discover symptoms, stay at home and call NCDC for action.
- Make sure to cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and flush the tissue.
- Stay clean and disinfect regularly
- Follow NCDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- Please wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
In case there is the unavailability of soap, please use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
How To Report cases of coronavirus in Nigeria
NCDC is the appropriate government agency that handles cases of any outbreak of disease in Nigeria. As such, if you found any of the signs listed above in yourself or someone else, kindly report to the health agency.
NCDC means Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). It is saddled with the mandate to lead the prevention, detection, and control of communicable diseases.
Functions of NCDC:
Some of the functions of NCDC are:
- To investigate outbreak of a new disease
- To detect new cases of disease.
- To prevent the spread of disease
- To control communicable diseases of national and international public health importance.
How to Contact NCDC:
- Call: 0800 9700 0010
- SMS: 08099555577
- WhatsApp: 07087110839
- Twitter/Facebook: @NCDCgov
- Send email: email@example.com
But call and message will be faster.