The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has identified 12 symptoms that could point to the existence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in humans.
The NCDC listed the symptoms to help Nigerians “take responsibility” by quickly calling their holtines if they experienced a combination of the symptoms.
The agency, in a telegram broadcast on Saturday, warned citizens against taking COVID-19 and Malaria as the same disease.
“Though COVID-19 presents with symptoms similar to Malaria, for example, fever, both diseases are caused by different organisms and differ in mode of transmission,” it said.
The NCDC said members of the public should alert its officials, “If you have COUGH or FEVER and 1 of these symptoms:
- Loss of Taste
- Loss of Smell
- Difficulty Breathing
- Body Pain
- Sore Throat
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified “difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, and loss of speech or movement” as some of the serious symptoms of COVID-19.
The international public health agency urged members of the public to, “Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.”
WHO said, “People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should manage their symptoms at home.
“On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.”