Things you should know when you get the corona virus

By Eniola Arowosegbe

23 March 2020

With the rapid spread of the corona virus pandemic, warning bells are being sounded all over about the necessary precautionary measures that should be adhered to for prevention of corona virus but not much attention is paid to educating the public on what procedures to be taken if eventually, someone contracts corona virus.

Situation update of corona virus in Nigeria

The number of confirmed cases of corona virus in Nigeria increases daily and It is becoming increasingly evident that we are all at risks in contracting the corona virus so we should all be prepared if the inevitable happens. As of 23rd March, NCDC has confirmed 36 cases of corona virus in Nigeria, spreading across 6 states; 24 cases of corona virus in Lagos, 7 cases in?FCT, 2 cases in Ogun, 1 case in Ekiti, 1 case in Oyo, and 1 case in Edo.

Things to do if you have corona virus

The corona virus symptoms include: fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath ranging from mild to severe as the case may be. At any point you notice any of these symptoms, the following are the necessary procedures you should follow:

  • Stay at home and avoid close contact with people around you.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and eat food/fruits that boost the immune system.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a covered bin and wash your hands with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if no water and soap is available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Contact any of the following numbers, if you suspect any case of corona virus in Nigeria:

Federal Ministry of Health - 0909 299 6283
NCDC - 0809 555 323
WhatsApp - 0708 711 0839
SMS - 0809 955 5577 -
Toll free - 0800 970 0000-0010

Ensure you follow the above safety tips while you await medical care and please do not panic.

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