More than a year ago, our lives changed throughout the world. While we were coping with the new restrictions caused by the pandemic, a surge in the numbers of infected persons in Nigeria pose new challenges to persons living in Nigeria. Here are what you need to know about the secondwave of the virus;
A phenomenon of infections that can develop during a pandemic. The disease infects one group of people first. Infections appear to decrease. And then, infections increase in a different part of the population, resulting in a second wave of infections.
What cause the spike in the infection rate?
The major factor for the spike is human behaviour. Government issued directives, restrictions and guidelines on the preventive measure to curb the spread of the virus however, the level of compliance by people is the most important. When people do not take physical distancing, washing their hands frequently or using nose mask seriously, then a spike in the infection rate is most likely as the relationship between those precautions and cases of COVID-19 is clear.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
Is malaria symptoms part of the symptoms of coronavirus?
In January 2021, the Govenor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu issued a directive that any malaria-like symptoms should henceforth be considered as COVID-19 virus infection ”unless and until proven not to be one”.
Since the second wave is here, what can i do to keep safe?
Here’s what you can do now:
- Continue to practice COVID-19 precautions, such as physical distancing, hand-washing and mask-wearing.
- Stay in touch with local health authorities, who can provide information if COVID-19 cases begin to increase in your city or town.
- Make sure your household maintains two weeks’ worth of food, prescription medicines and supplies.
- Work with your doctor to ensure that everyone in your household, especially children, is up to date on vaccines.
Look for *emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
As we continue in the fight against Covid-19, let us remember to learn to live and act responsibility for the safety of everyone around us.