One of the darker highlights of 2020 yet is the pneumonia-like virus which started in China around December of 2019 and has since spread all over the world like wildfire. This virus is termed ‘COVID-19’ or more popularly called, Corona Virus.
The Coronavirus, now a globally recognized pandemic has been ravaging through countries and Nigeria is no exception. It is our joint duty as citizens to spread awareness and information on prevention and safety against this virus.
Here are some helpful tips and information you should be armed with and you may want to share with contacts.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19
- A runny nose is a sign of both Covid-19 and the common cold
- It is not heat resistant and may be killed by the temperature of 26/27
- It doesn’t like the sun
- If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
- It can stay on a metal surface for at least 12 hours so wash your hands as soon as you can after coming into contact with any metal surface with an anti-bacterial soap.
- It can survive 6-12 hours on fabric, normal laundry detergent kills it.
- Drinking warm water is effective against all viruses. Stay away from liquids with ice.
- Wash hands frequently, the virus can only live on it for 5-10 minutes, but a lot can happen between then. E.g you can touch your eyes.
- Drink plenty of water!
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the main symptoms of the coronavirus usually include:
- A dry cough
- A high temperature
- Shortness of breath (in more severe cases)
Some patients may have “aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea”, the WHO adds. “These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell”.
WHEN DO SYMPTOMS EMERGE?
Symptoms are thought to appear between two and 10 days after contracting the virus, but it may be up to 24 days.
Most people (about 80 percent) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. However, around one out of every six people (16 percent) becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.
Older people and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, lung complaints or diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.
WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL HELP
People having difficulty breathing should seek medical attention quickly. But do not go out. Instead, use your state’s hotlines.
If you just have a fever and a cough – the main early symptoms of coronavirus – the government now advises that you self-isolate for seven days. However, if you live with others you and the people you live with will have to self isolate for 14 days. This will help protect others.
If you live alone, ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need.