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Lagosians Are Mistaking COVID-19 For Malaria – Health Commissioner Laments

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Medical experts however say the best way to distinguish malaria from COVID-19 is to get tested.
“We are seeing too many cases of people treating themselves for malaria multiple times and only realise it’s COVID-19.”Read Also: Ajimobi Died Of Multiple Organ Failure After COVID-19 Complications – Prof Akin Abayomi
The commissioner said sometimes, such people realised the error “too late” and sometimes “show up too sick.”

Coronavirus COVID-19“The symptoms are similar, but they are not the same. If you suspect malaria, please go for a COVID-19 test,” Abayomi counselled.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had earlier said though COVID-19 presents symptoms similar to malaria such as fever, both diseases are caused by different organisms and differ in mode of transmission.

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NCDC, however, warned Nigerians against mistaking COVID-19 and malaria for the same infection.


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