Frequently Asked Questions on CORONA VIRUS

Q: What is COVID-19?

A: COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by Corona virus.

Q: What is the source of COVID-19?

A: Scientists and public health officials are working hard to identify the source of the SARS-CoV-2 which is the virus that causes COVID-19. The initial transmission appeared to be from an animal source, but there has been person-to-person transmission in some countries which is most likely through droplets of saliva or mucus.

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Ø Cough          Ø Fever                       Ø Breathing difficulties

Q: Has anyone in Nigeria gotten infected?

A: Yes. The first case in Nigeria was confirmed on Friday, February 27, 2020 in Lagos in a business Italian traveler who arrive Nigeria on February 25, 2020 and became symptomatic on February 26, 2020. Contact tracing is ongoing to identify everyone who has come in contact with the confirmed case.

Q: What is Nigeria doing to control the spread of the disease in the country?

A: The Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Health, has been strengthening measures to ensure Nigeria is prepared in the event of an outbreak.

The multi-sectoral Corona virus Preparedness Group led by NCDC has been activated to a national Emergency Operations Centre to coordinate response activities. NCDC is working with State Governments to identify and trace contacts of the confirmed case, in Nigeria.

The Port Health Services Division of the Department of Public Health has heightened screening and surveillance at the ports of entry, particularly for returning travelers with travel history to countries with ongoing transmission in the last 14 days.

Residents of the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Training Programme (NFELTP) are working closely with staff at Port Health Services to screen, review and analyse the forms used for screening at points of entry. This is also for contact tracing when needed.

Q:        What is the national case definition for COVID-19?

Suspected Case

Any person (including severely ill patients) with any of the following symptoms: fever, cough or difficulty in breathing who within 14 days before the onset of illness had any of the following exposures:

  • History of travel to any country* with confirmed and ongoing community transmission of COVID-19 OR
  • Close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 OR
  • Exposure to a healthcare facility where COVID-19 case(s) have been reported

Probable case

A suspect case for whom testing for COVID-19 is inconclusive or for whom testing was positive on a pan-corona virus assay.

Confirmed case

A person with laboratory confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection with or without signs and symptoms. If you have a patient that matches the case definition above, please contact NCDC to arrange for sample collection and testing on 07032864444.

Q: Is there anything a person can do to avoid becoming infected?

A: To reduce the risk of infection or spread of COVID-19, members of the public are advised to adhere to the following hand and respiratory hygiene measures:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water and use hand sanitizers frequently
  • Cover your mouth and nose properly with tissue paper when sneezing and/or coughing and immediately dispose of the tissue in a covered waste bin. After this, wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • You may also cough into your elbow if disposable tissue is not available. You are strongly advised not to re-use handkerchiefs
  • If you become sick while travelling, you should avoid close contact with other people while you are symptomatic and cover your mouth and nose with a face mask
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing
  • Healthcare workers are always advised to observe standard infection prevention and control measures when attending to patients and take a travel history.

Q: Does Nigeria have the capacity to diagnose COVID-19?

A: Yes. There are four laboratories with the capacity to test for COVID-19 in Nigeria. The NCDC National Reference Laboratory; Lagos University Teaching Hospital; Irrua Teaching Hospital and African Centre for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in Ede, Osun State. They are all in the NCDC molecular laboratory network. Health officials are advised to call 07032864444 for sample transportation and related advice if they have a case that fits the national case definition.

 

Q: Where are the treatment centers in Nigeria?

A: Treatment centers are located in the five priority states with international airports; Lagos, Rivers, Enugu, Kano and the Federal Capital Territory. Healthcare workers from these treatment centers have been trained on how to manage COVID-19 cases using approved guidelines.

Q: What should I do when I return to Nigeria from a country with a confirmed case(s) of COVID-19?

A: If you have travelled from any country with ongoing transmission of COVID-19 to Nigeria in the last 14 days, you should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people. Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus. If you develop symptoms during this time, immediately contact NCDC on 07032864444 or 0800-97000010 (toll-free)

Q: Am I at risk of catching COVID-19 from a package or products that arrive from countries with a confirmed case(s)?

A: Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods or packages from countries with ongoing transmission. Till date, there is no known case of COVID-19 in Nigeria associated with imported goods.

Q: Should I stop my children from going to school?

A: No. The current situation in the country does not warrant a shutdown of daily activities. During a pandemic, various measures are instituted depending on how serious the illness is and how easily it is spread from person to person. At the moment, there is one confirmed case in Nigeria. Therefore, measures such as school closure or closure of large gatherings are not required. Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in a crowd.

Q: What can businesses do to protect their staff?

A: Businesses have an important role to play in protecting their employees. Employers are advised to circulate NCDC’s public health advisory on COVID-19 to all staff.

Encourage sick employees to stay at home if they are unwell. Ensure routine cleaning of high contact areas such as toilets, door handles, and telephones.

If staff has travelled to any of the countries with ongoing transmission, they should be advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

Q: What is a novel coronavirus?

A: A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing    coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.

Q: What is the source of the virus?

A: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people. More information about the source and spread of COVID-19 is available on the Situation Summary: Source and Spread of the Virus.

 

Q: Will warm weather stop the outbreak of COVID-19?

A: It is not yet known whether weather and temperature impact the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months.  At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19

Q: Does herb cure COVID-19?
A: People have been saying it, but it has not be proven

Q: Does COVID-19?
A: People have been saying it, but it has not be proven by medical experts

Q:  Is any traditional ways of treating COVID-19?
A: No, there is no traditional way

Q:  Is COVID-19 curable?
A: Yes, it is curable and a lot of people have recovered

Q: What is COVID-19?

A: COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by Corona virus.

Q: What is the source of COVID-19?

A: Scientists and public health officials are working hard to identify the source of the SARS-CoV-2 which is the virus that causes COVID-19. The initial transmission appeared to be from an animal source, but there has been person-to-person transmission in some countries which is most likely through droplets of saliva or mucus.

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Ø Cough          Ø Fever                       Ø Breathing difficulties

Q: Has anyone in Nigeria gotten infected?

A: Yes. The first case in Nigeria was confirmed on Friday, February 27, 2020 in Lagos in a business Italian traveler who arrive Nigeria on February 25, 2020 and became symptomatic on February 26, 2020. Contact tracing is ongoing to identify everyone who has come in contact with the confirmed case.

Q: What is Nigeria doing to control the spread of the disease in the country?

A: The Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Health, has been strengthening measures to ensure Nigeria is prepared in the event of an outbreak.

The multi-sectoral Corona virus Preparedness Group led by NCDC has been activated to a national Emergency Operations Centre to coordinate response activities. NCDC is working with State Governments to identify and trace contacts of the confirmed case, in Nigeria.

The Port Health Services Division of the Department of Public Health has heightened screening and surveillance at the ports of entry, particularly for returning travelers with travel history to countries with ongoing transmission in the last 14 days.

Residents of the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Training Programme (NFELTP) are working closely with staff at Port Health Services to screen, review and analyse the forms used for screening at points of entry. This is also for contact tracing when needed.

Q:        What is the national case definition for COVID-19?

Suspected Case

Any person (including severely ill patients) with any of the following symptoms: fever, cough or difficulty in breathing who within 14 days before the onset of illness had any of the following exposures:

  • History of travel to any country* with confirmed and ongoing community transmission of COVID-19 OR
  • Close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 OR
  • Exposure to a healthcare facility where COVID-19 case(s) have been reported

Probable case

A suspect case for whom testing for COVID-19 is inconclusive or for whom testing was positive on a pan-corona virus assay.

Confirmed case

A person with laboratory confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection with or without signs and symptoms. If you have a patient that matches the case definition above, please contact NCDC to arrange for sample collection and testing on 07032864444.

Q: Is there anything a person can do to avoid becoming infected?

A: To reduce the risk of infection or spread of COVID-19, members of the public are advised to adhere to the following hand and respiratory hygiene measures:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water and use hand sanitizers frequently
  • Cover your mouth and nose properly with tissue paper when sneezing and/or coughing and immediately dispose of the tissue in a covered waste bin. After this, wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • You may also cough into your elbow if disposable tissue is not available. You are strongly advised not to re-use handkerchiefs
  • If you become sick while travelling, you should avoid close contact with other people while you are symptomatic and cover your mouth and nose with a face mask
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing
  • Healthcare workers are always advised to observe standard infection prevention and control measures when attending to patients and take a travel history.

Q: Does Nigeria have the capacity to diagnose COVID-19?

A: Yes. There are four laboratories with the capacity to test for COVID-19 in Nigeria. The NCDC National Reference Laboratory; Lagos University Teaching Hospital; Irrua Teaching Hospital and African Centre for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in Ede, Osun State. They are all in the NCDC molecular laboratory network. Health officials are advised to call 07032864444 for sample transportation and related advice if they have a case that fits the national case definition.

 

Q: Where are the treatment centers in Nigeria?

A: Treatment centers are located in the five priority states with international airports; Lagos, Rivers, Enugu, Kano and the Federal Capital Territory. Healthcare workers from these treatment centers have been trained on how to manage COVID-19 cases using approved guidelines.

Q: What should I do when I return to Nigeria from a country with a confirmed case(s) of COVID-19?

A: If you have travelled from any country with ongoing transmission of COVID-19 to Nigeria in the last 14 days, you should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people. Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus. If you develop symptoms during this time, immediately contact NCDC on 07032864444 or 0800-97000010 (toll-free)

Q: Am I at risk of catching COVID-19 from a package or products that arrive from countries with a confirmed case(s)?

A: Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods or packages from countries with ongoing transmission. Till date, there is no known case of COVID-19 in Nigeria associated with imported goods.

Q: Should I stop my children from going to school?

A: No. The current situation in the country does not warrant a shutdown of daily activities. During a pandemic, various measures are instituted depending on how serious the illness is and how easily it is spread from person to person. At the moment, there is one confirmed case in Nigeria. Therefore, measures such as school closure or closure of large gatherings are not required. Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in a crowd.

Q: What can businesses do to protect their staff?

A: Businesses have an important role to play in protecting their employees. Employers are advised to circulate NCDC’s public health advisory on COVID-19 to all staff.

Encourage sick employees to stay at home if they are unwell. Ensure routine cleaning of high contact areas such as toilets, door handles, and telephones.

If staff has travelled to any of the countries with ongoing transmission, they should be advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

Q: What is a novel coronavirus?

A: A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing    coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.

Q: What is the source of the virus?

A: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people. More information about the source and spread of COVID-19 is available on the Situation Summary: Source and Spread of the Virus.

 

Q: Will warm weather stop the outbreak of COVID-19?

A: It is not yet known whether weather and temperature impact the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months.  At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19

Q: Does herb cure COVID-19?
A: People have been saying it, but it has not be proven

Q: Does black seed, ginger, honey and hot water cure COVID-19?
A: People have been saying it, but it has not be proven by medical experts

Q:  Is any traditional ways of treating COVID-19?
A: No, there is no traditional way

Q:  Is COVID-19 curable?
A: Yes, it is curable and a lot of people have recovered

Q: What should healthcare professionals and health departments do?

A: See the FAQ for Healthcare Professionals from the NCDC for more information