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Corona Virus Update in Nigeria 2020: Be Careful of COVID-19 Symptoms

Filed in Nursing News by on March 24, 2020

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Corona Virus Update in Nigeria 2020: Be Careful of COVID-19 Symptoms:

In perilous times like this, panicking might not be your best option but if proper guidance and preventive measures are taken; you might just be able to slow down the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19 in Nigeria Update 2020

Also, we all need to be well informed about the virus symptoms, the disease it causes and how it spreads. All of this has been carefully highlighted below.

COVID-19 (Corona Virus)

Firstly, we need to understand what the Covid-19 is, symptoms, preventive measures and the threats it possesses to mankind.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The most recently identified coronavirus disease is COVID-19. COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, many ongoing clinical trials are evaluating potential treatments. So do well to protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol-based rub frequently and not touching your face.

Age Range Likely to Get Infected

You should know that nobody’s risk is zero when it comes to the Covid-19 coronavirus. Anybody can get sick in this pandemic. But different people have different risks of getting severe symptoms that require hospitalization or intensive care.

Also, the chances of dying from Covid-19 vary widely across age groups. The conventional wisdom says kids and young people may be fine even if they get infected, with the risk of a case being more severe increasing with age.

It’s the older folks we need to worry about, this thinking says, given death rates reach 20 per cent or more among people 80 and older. To be clear, nobody should feel invulnerable to the coronavirus.

Young people are going to contract the disease, a not-insignificant percentage of them are going to get very sick, and a smaller number will die. The rates of severe and deadly cases might not be nearly as high as the older generations that we are worried about, but the data already shows that age alone does not make you invincible.

Symptoms of COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus affects different people in different ways.  COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and most infected people will develop mild to moderate symptoms and recover without requiring special treatment.  People who have underlying medical conditions and those over 60 years old have a higher risk of developing severe disease and death.

Common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Dry cough.

Other symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • And very few people will report diarrhoea, nausea or a runny nose.

People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate and contact their medical provider or a COVID-19 information line for advice on testing and referral.

People with fever, cough or difficulty breathing should call their doctor and seek medical attention.

Preventive Measures

They are different ways of preventing you from contacting the Coronavirus and slowing the transmission process. Below are the listed preventive measures;

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub (Hand Sanitizer).
  • Maintain at least 1-meter distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
  • Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.

Current Countries Affected by COVID-19

The virus is spreading rapidly in many countries worldwide, with more than 261,000 confirmed cases outside China. Of a truth, the main figure for the number of people with coronavirus is thought to be much higher as many of those with milder symptoms have not been tested and counted.

Below is the list of countries affected with Coronavirus, number of cases recorded and death rate;

Country

Cases

Deaths

China81,4963,274
Italy59,1385,476
USA35,175469
Spain33,0892,182
Germany26,220111
Iran23,0491,812
France16,689674
South Korea8,961111
Switzerland8,234107
UK5,683281
Netherlands4,204179
Austria3,80616
Belgium3,74388
Norway2,4158
Portugal2,06023
Sweden1,93425
Australia1,6827
Brazil1,61925
Malaysia1,51814
Canada1,46921
Denmark1,45013
Turkey1,23630
Czech Republic1,1651
Japan1,10141
Ireland9064
Israel8831
Pakistan8046
Luxembourg7988
Ecuador78914
Thailand7211
Diamond Princess cruise ship7128
Finland6861
Poland6848
Chile6321
Greece62417
Indonesia57949
Romania5765
Iceland5681
Saudi Arabia511
Singapore5092
Qatar494
Philippines46233
Russia4381
India4258
Slovenia4143
South Africa402
Peru3635
Estonia352
Bahrain3392
Egypt32714
Mexico3162
Panama3133
Croatia3061
Iraq26623
Argentina2664
Lebanon2564
Colombia2352
Serbia2222
Dominican Republic2023
Algeria20117
Taiwan1952
Armenia194
Bulgaria1903
Kuwait189
Slovakia186
Latvia180
San Marino17520
Hungary1677
Uruguay158
Lithuania1541
United Arab Emirates1532
North Macedonia1362
Morocco1344
Costa Rica1342
Bosnia and Herzegovina1281
Vietnam121
Faroe Islands118
Andorra1131
Jordan112
Malta107
New Zealand102
Burkina Faso994
Cyprus951
Moldova941
Brunei91
Albania894
Tunisia893
Sri Lanka87
Cambodia86
Belarus81
Venezuela77
Ukraine733
Senegal67
Oman66
Azerbaijan651
Réunion64
Kazakhstan62
Guadeloupe581
West Bank57
Cameroon56
Georgia54
Trinidad and Tobago50
Uzbekistan46
Liechtenstein46
Martinique441
Afghanistan401
Nigeria361
Cuba351
Bangladesh333
DR Congo301
Mauritius282
Honduras27
Bolivia27
Guam271
Ivory Coast25
Ghana241
Monaco23
Puerto Rico231
Montenegro221
Paraguay221
Mayotte21
Guernsey20
Guyana191
Jamaica191
Guatemala191
Rwanda19
French Polynesia18
French Guiana18
Togo18
Barbados17
Kenya15
Jersey15
Gibraltar15
Kyrgyzstan14
Maldives13
Madagascar12
Tanzania12
Ethiopia11
Mongolia10
Aruba9
New Caledonia8
Seychelles7
Bermuda6
United States Virgin Islands6
Equatorial Guinea6
Haiti5
Isle of Man5
Suriname5
Gabon51
Saint Martin5
Greenland4
Bahamas4
Guinea4
Eswatini4
Saint Barthelemy3
Cape Verde3
Curaçao31
Zambia3
Cayman Islands31
El Salvador3
Namibia3
The Central African Republic3
Fiji3
Congo3
Liberia3
Zimbabwe31
Gambia21
Nepal2
Niger2
Angola2
Benin2
Mauritania2
Bhutan2
Saint Lucia2
Nicaragua2
Kosovo2
Gaza2
Sudan21
St Vincent and the Grenadines1
Grenada1
Timor-Leste1
Dominica1
Eritrea1
Mozambique1
Chad1
Vatican1
Djibouti1
Montserrat1
Papua New Guinea1
Syria1
Antigua and Barbuda1
Somalia1
Sint Maarten1
Uganda1

Summary

Lastly, in our fight against the deadly virus, they are still some minor things we should put into consideration.

COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. Therefore, to protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.

Also note, Antibiotics do not work against viruses; they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19. They should only be used as directed by a physician to treat a bacterial infection.

CSN Team.

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