Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. The disease causes respiratory illness like the flu. The symptoms of coronavirus includes cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. Other COVID-19 symptoms may also have a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion and aches and pains or diarrhoea. The elderly and people with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, or chronic respiratory conditions, are at a greater risk of serious illness from Covid-19.
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. Time from exposure to onset of symptoms is generally between two and fourteen days, with an average of five days.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people forced to stay home may be wondering why these measures are necessary, how long they will need to go on for and what it will take before life goes back to normal. The ability of individuals who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, but can still spread the disease, explains why social distancing – limiting contact with others – in addition to other actions such as washing your hands and not touching your face, is so critical. It is important that every single person adheres to this, even if you are not sick. A total COVID-19 lockdown extension has been enforced in some parts of Nigeria like Lagos, Abuja, Ogun State this is to limit the further spread of the coronavirus to other parts of the country since these states have recorded the highest number of coronavirus cases in Nigeria. So far the number of COVID-19 deaths keeps increasing globally. Find the latest coronavirus updates in Nigeria and coronavirus tips for staying safe online at OList.
There is no specific treatment for disease caused by a novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms can be treated and therefore treatment based on the patient's clinical condition. Treatments are under investigation, and will be tested through clinical trials.
The coronavirus spreads easily and the majority of the world's population is still vulnerable to it. A vaccine would provide some protection by training people's immune systems to fight the virus so they should not become sick.This would allow lockdowns to be lifted more safely, and social distancing to be relaxed.
According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 4,262,799 cases have been detected worldwide, with 291,981 deaths. According to NCDC, in Nigeria, there have been 4,787 confirmed cases, 3,670 active cases with 158 deaths and 959 people recovering from the virus.