NCDC DG Chikwe Ihekweazu: COVID-19 symptoms more than malaria’s

By Abujah Racheal

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said though COVID-19 presents symptoms similar to malaria such as fever, it comes with 12 others.

The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle, while warning Nigerians against taking COVID-19 and malaria as the same.

According to NCDC, the 12 symptoms will help Nigerians “take responsibility” by quickly calling the available hotlines if they experienced a combination of this symptoms.

The NCDC urged Nigerians to alert its officials if they experienced cough, fever or any symptoms such as: loss of taste; loss of smell; difficulty in breathing; diarrhoea; catarrh, and fatigue.

Other symptoms are shivering; body pain; headache, and sore throat.

It also added that difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, and loss of speech or movement” were some of the serious symptoms of COVID-19.

The NCDC urged Nigerians to “seek immediate medical attention if they have serious symptoms.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advised that people with mild symptoms who were 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,” it said.

Meanwhile, Nigeria has announced 653 new COVID-19 cases in the country as total infections from the virus rose to 36, 107.

The NCDC said that as at the July, 18, 2020, 653 new confirmed cases and six deaths were recorded in the country.

It said that the 653 new cases were reported from 27 states and the FCT.

“Till date, 36107 cases have been confirmed, 14938 cases have been discharged and 778 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.