The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Ekiti state – EkitiReporters has the full details on that.
This is no time to panic as that would in no way help, and this post is going to give you details on how you can protect and take care of yourself.
Coronavirus or COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new strain of the virus: severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) which was first identified in late December 2019 (hence the 19 for COVID-19). It was first seen in the city of Wuhan in China but has since then spread across the world to over 100 countries or regions of the world.
It has since been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is responsible for the death of over 7,000 people.
Is there a known treatment for coronavirus?
Everyone wants to know if there is a known drug that actually cures coronavirus.
This is a viral infection and as such antibiotics will have absolutely no effect. Treatment is simply supporting symptoms as you would with a cold – for example taking paracetamol if you have a fever, drinking fluids and resting.
How can I reduce the risk of catching coronavirus in Ekiti?
The virus spreads mostly through the respiratory route, the best advice is therefore to minimise the spread of infection:
Sensible hygiene precautions: regular hand washing with soap and hot water is the best way of removing the virus.
- When handwashing isn’t possible, use alcohol-based hand gel or rub, this needs to be 65% alcohol or above, anything else will not kill the virus.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue and throw the tissue away in a bin. If you don’t have a tissue, use the crook of your elbow which will avoid getting the germs on your hands and further spreading these around as you touch things.- Wash hands after using tissues.
- Avoid touching your face mouth and eyes as this will spread the virus
- People should not wear surgical face masks for day to day use. These masks are only designed to last for 15 – 20 minutes at most. After this time they will become wet with your breath and the virus may pass through. They also tend to make people touch their face more often which spreads the virus. Unless specifically advised as part of self isolation by the public health agencies, do not purchase or wear a face mask of any description.
- Try to avoid close contact with anyone who is unwell to minimise the spread of infection.