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2019-nCoV: How to Observe Self-Quarantine

2019-nCoV: How to Observe Self-Quarantine

The recent outbreak of Corona-virus has caused panicking globally, as its spread so fast with 27 countries and over 17,000 people affected as at today (Feb3,2020).

Corona-virus has been described as a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Recently, a new strain of corona-virus was identified in human with first discovery in Wuhan, China; the disease has been reported to have spread from animals such as Snakes, Bats etc to humans

Associated Symptoms with corona-virus include: respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

In a way to limit the spread of corona-virus to areas not affected such as Africa, many procedures have been put in place especially with respect to movement of people in and out of their countries.

Self-quarantine is one of the procedures to check  people moving from affected countries to unaffected countries.

Quarantine is simply a public health strategy used to separate and isolate individuals who may have been exposed to communicable disease(s).

The Novel corona-virus (nCoV) infection has an incubation period of 5 to 14 days; which means anyone affected will become unwell after a period of 5 to 14days.

Here are the procedures:

  1. Restrict your Movement: This means during this period, you are to stay at home, avoid going to your workplace, minimize contact with family members, no contact with visitors as well as not attend any activities outside your home.
  2. Self-monitoring and reporting: During this period, you must diligently monitor yourself for some vital symptoms and contact accredited government agencies such as Ministries of Health across various states in Nigeria.

Symptoms to look out for  but not limited to include:

  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Chest pain
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breathing difficulties

For people living in Lagos, Nigeria- Lagos Ministry of Health has released number to contact

08023169485, 08033565529, 08052817243

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