What is Coronavirus and COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organization Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) "is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus."
It affects your lungs and airways with most infected people experiencing mild to moderate respiratory illness. Many recover without needing special treatment. However, older people and those with underlying medical problems are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the coronavirus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently, and not touching your face.
The coronavirus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose contain the virus. Therefore, it is important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.
For trusted and up-to-date information, visit the World Health Organization website as well as their social media channels. Closer to home, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has all the latest updates that can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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