Coronaviruses are types of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tracts of birds and mammals, including humans. Doctors associate them with the common cold, bronchitis, pneumonia, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and they can also affect the gut. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency over a new coronavirus, which causes an illness officially known as COVID-19 that has killed more than 2,800million people all over the world.
1. Stay at least 1.5 metres (5feet) away from anyone coughing or sneezing
2. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water. Use alcohol based hand sanitizers to wash your hand always.
3. Stay at home or keep a social distance in gatherings if you have a persistent cough or sneeze to avoid contacting others.
4.Cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose any used tissue immediately.
5. If you develop symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty breathing, stay at home and please call number 0800 970 0000010 (Toll-Free), which is available day and night. Do not engage in self-medication.
6. Stay informed on latest developments of corona virus through official channels on TV and Radio, including the state and the federal ministry of Health.
7. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
You must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic.
The federal ministry of health, through Nigeria centre for disease control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in the country.
Honourable Minister of Health
Dr. osagie Ehanire MD, FWACS
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