THE first death on Corona virus has been recorded in Nigeria as a 67 year old man who returned home following medical treatment in the United Kingdom gave up the ghost. According to his medical report, he had underlying medical conditions – multiple myeloma and diabetes, and was undergoing chemotherapy.
In an updated report by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos has a total of 24 confirmed cases and followed by Abuja with 6 confirmed cases.
Others are Ogun which has 2 confirmed cases while Ekiti, Oyo and Edo states have one confirmed case of the virus each. In total, Nigeria has thirty-five (35) confirmed cases with one death record and two recoveries. From the total confirmed cases, thirty-three are on active cases.
However, NCDC has alerted the public that fake news through voice notes, broadcasts and images are copiously being shared on various social media platforms with intent to mislead and cause fear and panic to the masses, and therefore enjoins citizens to ignore such fake information from disgruntled elements who engage in such irresponsible acts for selfish interests.
The agency assures that it would continue to give credible updates as events unfold adding that that the government is working round the clock with all relevant agencies to curb the situation.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.
The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.
For emphasis, 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.
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. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
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. In addition, people may experience: cough, fever, unusual tiredness, difficulty breathing in severe cases.