11 things you must do if you come in contact with a coronavirus patient
As the world continues to battle with the novel coronavirus, it is necessary for Nigerians to get right and adequate information on steps to take if they get exposed to someone with a laboratory-confirmed case.
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With this, they can monitor their health and avoid spreading the disease to others if they get sick
For you to know you have been exposed to the disease, you must have come in close contact with a sick person to get infected.
Close contact includes:
1. Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19,
2. Caring for a sick person with COVID-19
3. Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for about 10 minutes
4. Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.).
If any of the above is applicable to you, you have to do the following:
1. Self-isolate if you become ill with mild symptoms
2. Stay self-isolated even if you don’t think you have been exposed to COVID-19 but develop symptoms, monitor yourself.
3. If you do not have symptoms but have been exposed to an infected person, self-quarantine for 14 days.
4. For those who have been confirmed with the disease, self-isolate for 14 days even after symptoms have disappeared as a precautionary measure.
4. You should monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day.
5. You should not go to work or school
6. You should avoid public places for 14 days
7. If you think you might have COVID-19, contact the government's emergency number or go to the government-approved testing station in your area to get tested
8. When you attend the health facility wear a mask.
9. If possible, keep at least 1 metre distance from other people
10. Do not touch surfaces with your hands.
11. If you become ill, even with very mild symptoms you must self-isolate
However, it is not yet known exactly how long people remain infectious after they have recovered.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that one of the primary health centres designated for sample taking to test Lagosians for coronavirus has said the results of 20% of those that came to the centre came out positive.
According to her, over 150 people have so far been tested at the centre.
Doctor Ubani, a medical officer at the centre made the disclosure when Legit TV visited the centre recently.
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She said the process has been smooth since the centre started testing Lagosians for the deadly disease, adding that test results are released 48 hours after they have been conducted.
Dr Ubani also explained how patients who come out positive are contacted and evacuated to the isolation centres.
According to her, the centre does not bother about negative test result, but they send it to those who request for it.
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