How Lagosians Have Been Mistaking COVID-19 For Malaria
Based on The PUNCH, the Lagos Commissioner for Well being, Prof. Akin Abayomi, says the state is recording instances of individuals treating themselves for malaria just for them to grasp after testing that it’s COVID-19.
Medical specialists nevertheless say the easiest way to differentiate malaria from COVID-19 is to get examined.
“We’re seeing too many instances of individuals treating themselves for malaria a number of occasions and solely realise it’s COVID-19.”
The commissioner stated typically, such folks realised the error “too late” and typically “present up too sick.”
“The signs are comparable, however they don’t seem to be the identical. Should you suspect malaria, please go for a COVID-19 check,” Abayomi counselled.
The Nigeria Centre for Illness Management had earlier stated although COVID-19 presents signs much like malaria reminiscent of fever, each ailments are attributable to totally different organisms and differ in mode of transmission.
NCDC, nevertheless, warned Nigerians in opposition to mistaking COVID-19 and malaria for a similar an infection.
Talking with PUNCH HealthWise, famend Nigerian virologist, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, stated laboratory investigation is the one option to appropriately and definitively diagnose both COVID-19 or malaria in areas the place malaria is endemic.
“Malaria or COVID-19 impacts folks in numerous methods. Most contaminated folks will both be asymptomatic, or develop mild-to-moderate sickness and get well with out hospitalisation.
“The commonest signs of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough and tiredness, whereas the much less frequent signs embody headache, aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, and lack of style or scent.
“Some folks additionally expertise critical signs like problem in respiratory or shortness of breath, chest ache or stress, lack of speech or motion,” Tomori stated.
The virologist added that malaria shares a few of these signs with COVID-19 reminiscent of chills, fever and sweating, headache and ache in muscle groups or stomach, nausea or vomiting and chest or stomach ache and typically, cough.
“It’s tough to distinguish between malaria and COVID-19, particularly gentle instances, in an space endemic for malaria.
“Due to this fact, laboratory investigation is the one option to appropriately and definitively diagnose both COVID-19 or malaria in areas the place malaria is endemic,” Tomori famous.