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Mild COVID-19 Patients Can Self-isolate At Home – Lagos Commissioner

Professor Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, has said patients with asymptomatic and mild coronavirus (COVID-19) cases can self-isolate in their homes under a supervised arrangement.

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Abayomi stated this during a live Instagram entitled: “Flatten the Curve”, organised by EiE Nigeria, a civil society group, on Monday.

The current treatment protocol for COVID-19 in Lagos State and other states in the country is that confirmed cases are moved from their homes to designated isolation centres for management and care.

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But Abayomi noted that Lagos State’s COVID-19 strategy is being revised, with more emphasis on saving people who are critically ill.

He, however, stated the individuals who feel unwell should contact the relevant health authorities.

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He said: “We want to know about people who are in the moderate to severe category early. If you have mild conditions, you can go home, isolate yourself and lie down for a few days.

“You may have some problems, but you can take paracetamol. It will go away in a few days and you will be alright.

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“When you are unwell, self-medicate and you are not getting better, we encourage you to come up.”

The commissioner also lamented that COVID-19 had spread across slums and high-density areas in Lagos as a result of community transmission.

Lagos State has recorded the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, with 2, 550 cases.

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