Updated: Corona Virus: All you need to know about risks and symptoms

You will be reading the brief history of coronavirus, the signs and symptoms, the incubation period and how to prevent it from spreading.

10. Feb 2020
Updated: Corona Virus: All you need to know about risks and symptoms

You will be learning everything about the coronavirus outbreak. I will be telling you everything you need to know about the virus as a Nigerian.

      It’s no longer new that there is a new disease outbreak known as corona virus. As at the time of writing this article, over 811 people have lost their lives worldwide. The World Health Organization [WHO] has declared a global health emergency over a new Coronavirus following an outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.


   Over 37,500 cases have been confirmed worldwide, most of them in China’s Hubei province.


   Let start by telling you what Coronavirus really means.

 According to the World Health Organization, coronavirus belongs to a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome [SARS] and Middle East respiratory syndrome [MERS].


   Coronavirus are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. A detailed investigation found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans.

  Signs and symptoms of infection include:

  1. Fever
  2. Cough
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Pneumonia
  5. Severe acute respiratory syndrome
  6. Kidney failure
  7. And the in very severe cases, it leads to death.


     How long does the incubation period take?

  The incubation period of the coronavirus remains unknown as at the time of writing this article. Information we got from different sources suggested that it could be between 10-14 days.

  The infected patient can be asymptomatic, meaning they do not display any of the symptoms listed above, despite having the virus in their systems.


 Where have cases been reported?

   Over 90% of the cases and deaths have been reported in China. The vast majority have been reported in Hubei province.


  Other countries with reported cases include Hong Kong, Philippines etc. The virus has spread to so many countries in Australia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.


   How to prevent inspection from spreading


  Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Also avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.




   Updates on how to stay safe during this Corona Virus pandemic


  From the updates we heard so far, so many people are saying that it does not survive temperatures ranging from 26 degree Centigrade. It’s believed that once its exposed to this temperature, it will be killed.

 Another update flying around has it that it does not survive in hot regions so drinking hot water and staying away from cold fruits is strongly advised.

 Another unconfirmed update is the fact that taking warm water mixed with salt will kill the tonsil germs and prevent them from leaking into the lungs.


  The above updates are rumor for now, it’s not yet confirmed.


  Confirmed updates on how to stay safe during the Corona Virus pandemic


   I am going to list the confirmed updates on how to stay safe during the Corona virus Pandemic.

  1. Always wash your hands regularly with sanitizers. Washing your hands with water and milk soap will not do the trick because it may not kill the virus.

  2. Keep a distance of at least one meter. This is to avoid the spread of the virus.

  3. In a situation where you see symptoms such as fever, dry cough, and other flu like symptoms, you are advised to self isolate yourself. While in self Isolation, you should contact the hot line so you will be tested immediately.

  4. Corona virus lives on the hands for 10 minutes, so putting an alcohol sterilizer in the pocket meets the purpose of prevention.

  5. In a case where you see someone sneezing frequently, you should lend them disposable mask, this will reduce the spread of the virus.

  6. Avoid public gatherings at all cost.

  We will keep updated once we get more information on that.


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