Novel coronavirus (49) Healthcare information for the general public (7)

24 February, 2020

Thanks Joseph, Indeed the Nigeria Government health adice is available here:

It includes the following: 'If you have returned from travel to Nigeria from China in the last 14 days, you should (self-isolate) stay indoors and avoid contact with other people. Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you experience any symptoms, please call the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control immediately on 0800-970000-10 (Toll free call centre).'

The advice to self-isolate asymptomatic travellers from China is different to that given in UK and France (who advise only symptomatic cases to call a helpline and self-isolate) and US (who advise symptomatic cases to seek medical help). I would be interested to know if travellers in other countries in sub-Saharan Africa are being asked to self-isolate. Moreover, how many people are following such advice (one suspects very few)?

Best wishes, Neil

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