There have been a lot of recommendations for how to avoid getting the dreaded Corona Virus. We have been encouraged to practice social distancing, personal hygiene, using hand sanitizers etc. This is very good but there is not enough information on what to do if/when someone gets the corona virus.
We at Info Padi will be sharing some important information with you as sourced from various health practitioners and journals.
Things to do if you contact Corona Virus
This cannot be over emphasized, it is important you avoid contact with people for the time being. You can contact the NCDC via there call centre lines and they will attend to you asap.
Things you should buy ahead of time against Corona Virus
Kleenex, PCM, Mucus Thinning Cough medicine of choice
Honey and Lemon cam also work in place of the cough medicine.
Vick Vaporub for your chest is also a good suggestion.
If you can buy a humidifier, it would really come in handy. You can use it in your room when you go to bed overnight. You can also just turn on your hot shower and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam (something like a sauna)
If you have history of asthma and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have isn’t expired and refill it/get a new one if necessary.
Buy a lot of dry foodstuffs that can stay for a long period of time- rice, garri, beans etc
Get a lot of water and your preferred beverages.
How to manage Corona Virus Symptoms
- If you have fevers over 38˚C take pcm rather than ibuprofen.
- Drink a lot of water. You must be properly hydrated.
- Rest a lot indoors. You shouldn’t be seen roaming about. Even if you feel better you may still be infectious for fourteen days and older people/ people with existing health conditions should be avoided.
- You can tell your friends and family to leave supplies outside your door to avoid contact.
- You may not need to go to the hospital except you are having difficulty in breathing or your fever is very high (over 39˚C) and unmanaged with medication.
It is believed that 80% of healthy adult cases thus far have been managed at home. We do hope this statistics is correct as our existing facilities in Nigeria can’t withstand much pressure.
Symptoms of Corona Virus (Covid-19) in Adults
People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.
People may experience:
- difficulty breathing (severe cases)
Symptoms of Corona Virus (Covid-19) in Children
Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms.
Reported symptoms in children include cold-like symptoms, such as
- Runny nose and cough.
- Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported.
What to do if you suspect a case of Corona Virus
Maintain a good distance from suspects.
Keep proper hygiene and follow health safety measures.
Report case to NCDC for proper test.
How to contact NCDC via Phone Call
If you suspect a case of corona virus anywhere in Nigeria, quickly contact the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) via the NCDC Toll Free Number 080097000010
Follow NCDC on Twitter @NCDCgov
Be calm Padi’s, pray and prepare rationally. God willing everything will be fine.
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