Covid-19 Nigeria Update: How To Use Masks According To NCDC

April 15, 2020

What is a “Covid-19 Nigeria update“? We live in uncertain times and that can be scary. What if we promised you some form of certainty? Every day by 12 noon, we’ll bring you the latest updates on the fight against the Covid-19, both in Nigeria and Africa.

Before we get into the Covid-19 Nigeria update for the day, here’s an important update from NCDC on the use of face masks.

Yesterday, April 14, 2020, the NCDC issued an advisory guiding Nigerians on the use of face masks to prevent Covid-19. In the advisory, you’ll find how to use masks properly. Here’s what they said:

  1. You can wear masks as an optional added layer of physical distancing while in crowded settings like markets.
  2. Elderly people with preexisting medical conditions can wear masks.
  3. Used masks should be disposed properly.
  4. Do not frequently touch the mask as this can increase risk of infection.
  5. Medical masks should only be worn by patients and healthcare workers who need them more.
  6. Globally, there’s a mask shortage, so we can improvise by using cloth masks – as long as they are washed regularly.

You can get more in-depth information here. Meanwhile, this “beaded mask” does not fall into the category of masks that the NCDC recommends.

Now for the numbers:

Covid-19 Nigeria Update from the past 24 hours:

Masks NCDC

On April 14, 2020, 30 additional cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Nigeria, with 25 of those cases coming from Lagos. By 9:21 yesterday, the NCDC initially recorded 19 cases with the following breakdown:

  • 14 in Lagos
  • 2 in Abuja
  • 1 in Kano
  • 1 in Akwa Ibom
  • 1 in Edo

You can see those numbers here.

However, 11 more cases were recorded in Lagos by 11pm yesterday, increasing the total cases in Nigeria to 373 and the total cases in Lagos to 214. According to the Lagos State Ministry of Health, here’s a breakdown of cases according to LGA.

Masks NCDC

Africa.

On a larger scale, things are looking hopeful in Africa. On the 14th of April, 2020, there 2944 recoveries. Today, there are 3,227 recoveries. To find out more about the cases, recoveries and deaths in different countries in Africa, visit Coronafacts.africa.

Masks NCDC

“Vitamin C prevents Covid-19” – Today’s myth.

There’s no proof that vitamin C will prevent Covid-19 as of today. While things are constantly changing, it is important to wait for official sources, rather than peddle or engage in sharing rumors and misinformation.

Today’s Pro Tip:

Staying indoors can feel like a burden. So it’s important to stay active by stretching, working out and eating healthy meals.

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