COVID-19 is extremely contagious, you can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth. COVID-19 affects different people in different ways, most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.
According to the CDC (Centre for Disease control and prevention) COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information about it, but based on what is known at this time, adults of any age with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:
Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
Hypertension or high blood pressure
Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2)
Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
Type 1 diabetes mellitus
Chronic kidney disease
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
Sickle cell disease
Type 2 diabetes mellitus
WHAT WE CAN DO?
Help curve the spread of the corona-virus pandemic by religiously adhering to the following precautions:
Stay at home
Limit physical interactions with other people as much as possible
If you must go outside wear a face mask and maintain at-least a 2meter distance from the next person
Wash your hands frequently and invest in portable hand sanitizers
Avoid touching your face, particularly your nose, mouth and eyes.
If you must cough or sneeze, make use of disposable tissues or cough and sneeze into your elbow not your hands.
If you have mild symptoms such as a dry cough, fever or fatigue and are otherwise healthy, self-isolate and contact your medical provider or a COVID-19 information line for advice. Seek medical care if you notice loss of taste or smell, chest pain or pressure, and or difficulty breathing; Call in advance.
Lagos state ministry of health emergency hot-lines