ABOUT CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19)
COVID-19 appears to cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty breathing. From current evidence about 98 persons out of 100 persons with the disease will recover. In about 10- 15% of cases, it will cause a severe illness. It appears that death is not a common outcome and occurs mostly in elderly patients with underlying health issues.
Currently, four laboratories in Nigeria can diagnose COVID-19. In addition to the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, this includes the Virology Laboratory of Lagos University Teaching Hospital; Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital and African Centre for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in Ede, Osun State.
There is no specific treatment yet for COVID-19. However, many of the symptoms can be treated. Therefore, treatment is based on the patient’s clinical condition. Supportive care for infected persons can be highly effective.
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HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
To reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19, members of the public are advised to adhere to the following measures:
- Keep a social distance of least 2 metres while in public and avoid large gatherings and crowded places such as supermarkets and outdoor markets.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap under running water or use alcohol-based sanitizer if water is not available.
- Cover your mouth and nose properly with a tissue paper when sneezing and/or coughing. Dispose of the tissue properly immediately after use. You may also cough into your elbow if a tissue is not available.
- Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
- Healthcare workers are always advised to observe standard infection prevention and control measures when attending to patients and take a travel history.
CASE SUMMARY IN NIGERIA AS AT MARCH 31st, 2020
|Total Confirmed cases||139|
- On the 31st of March 2020, eight (8) new confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded, making a total of 139 cases in Nigeria. Of the 8 new cases reported on the 31st of March, three(3) are in Osun , three(3) in FCT, one (1) in Lagos and one(1) in Ogun State
- On the 29th of March 2020, fourteen (14) new confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded, making a total of 111 cases in Nigeria. Of the 14 new cases reported on the 29th of March, nine (9) are in Lagos and five (5) in FCT
- On the 28th of March 2020, sixteen (16) new confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded, making a total of 97 cases in Nigeria. Of the 16 new cases reported on the 28th of March, seven (7) are in Lagos, two (2) in FCT, one (1) in Kaduna, four (4) in Oyo, one (1) in Osun and one (1) in Benue
- On the 27th of March 2020, sixteen (16) new confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded, making a total of 81 cases in Nigeria. Of the 16 new cases reported on the 27th of March, eight (8) are in Lagos, three (3) in FCT, two (2) are Oyo State, two (2) in Enugu and one (1) in Edo
- On the 26th of March 2020, fourteen (14) new confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded, making a total of 65 cases in Nigeria. Of the fourteen (14) new cases reported on the 26th of March, twelve (12) are in Lagos State and one (1) in FCT and (1) in Bauchi
- On the 25th of March 2020, seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in Nigeria. Of the seven (7) new cases reported on the 25th of March, one (1) is in Osun State, two (2) is in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and three (3) are in Lagos State and one (1) is in Rivers State
- On the 23rd of March 2020, ten new confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in Nigeria
- A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities
CASE SUMMARY DATA SOURCE: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control