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Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  

Nigeria, however, has recorded its first case of the disease after an Italian businessman arrived Lagos; the economic hub of the country. The man who works in Nigeria and had returned from Milan to Lagos on February 25, the ministry said. “The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos,” the ministry said in a statement.

Keeping yourself safe while you travel through busy airports around the country and outside the shores the country should be a top priority for all and sundry.

Here are a few things to know with steps to keep yourself safe from coronavirus:

Since the virus spreads through droplets from when a sick person gets in contact with a healthy person. Avoid being in a crowded place with close proximity to bodies and if you have to be in one, try to avoid getting in contact with these droplets by keeping at least 0.5m – 2m away from persons visibly sick, sneezing or coughing. You can give them facemasks so as to protect everyone else in the vicinity.

Since the virus can last up to 24hrs on surfaces such as palms, doorknobs, tables, chairs, stair banisters, digital devices, pens, utensils, tissues, BRT straps even at the surface of your facemasks – it is advisable to avoid touching your face immediately you come in contact with these surfaces. Instead, wash your hands with soap thoroughly for at least 20 seconds and use a hand sanitizer before coming in contact with another person. You can also keep these surfaces clean by washing them with soap periodically throughout the day.

Also, avoid wearing a facemask for more than a day. Do not share food, utensils, and towels with anyone even family. Open closed doors with elbows or shoulders if possible. Before and after eating especially in public wash hands thoroughly.

We implore everyone to stay safe and report any cases immediately especially after a trip through the busy airports.

Article culled from Weimankow on Instagram

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