Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.
The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact with people who are unwell.
HOW IT SPREADS
Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.
People may experience:
- Difficulty breathing (severe cases)
There’s currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However, you can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others :
- Don’t Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- If you develop a fever, cough, and have difficulty breathing, promptly seek medical care.
- Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.
KNOW THE FACTS
Stay informed with reliable information and measures to protect yourself from coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Visit the website of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for latest updates and resources. http://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/ Get Update on COVID-19 @NCDCgov
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Written by Olamigoke Philip