It is established that, Corona virus is a virus with crown-like spike on its surface. The human Corona viruses were first identified in the 1960s. However, some animal Corona viruses can infect human. The Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID 19) is strange to human and attacks the respiratory tract.
Unfortunately, this virus has been contacted by a Chinese with which it was believed to have been contacted from animal. This virus can be easily transmitted from one person to another by droplets from the respiratory tract of infected persons which can be from coughing, sneezing etc. Hence, it can be contacted through any part of the body that can subsequently lead to the throat, such as the; eyes, nose, mouth, and hands etc.
Nigeria is a country with a population of over 190 million people, with insufficient Medical Facilities and personnel. You will agree with me that the records so far have shown that this virus is deadly but be it as it may, there is need for precautionary measures. There is no gainsaying that the Nigeria Economy will surely be backwarded but then prevention is better than cure.
It is arguable that the Nigeria Government could have prevented this virus from spreading in to our country but unfortunately it has gone viral. It is possible that the virus is more rampant in the country far beyond what has been announced. We should note that only confirmed cases were announced, how about the suspected cases? Perhaps the government is merely trying to cover the overall statistics so as not to cause fear and panic in the minds of Nigerians. I must say emphatically that the Federal Government should announce the magnitude of the situation to Nigerians so the whole country would see reasons to self-isolate.
We quite understand that it is not easy to shut down all sectors but then, health is wealth. If care is not taken in this country, many Nigerians would be infected with this virus and sardonically, we do not have enough facilities to combat this deadly virus.
Practically, Federal Government can’t be playing pranks on the existence of the virus in our country. On this note, we plead with Nigerians to adhere strictly to the following so as to contain the virus and remain safe;
1. Wash your hands regularly with soap and flowing water
2. Make use of the hands sanitizer frequently
3. make use of nose mask
4. Practice social distancing
5. Avoid touching any parts of your face with your hands especially when not washed.
6. Sneeze or cough into a tissue paper and discard immediately (if tissue paper is unavailable, sneeze or cough into the arc formed by your elbow)
7.Report to the nearest hospital in case of any symptoms fever, coughing and short breath
8. Inform others about the precautions
Com.Folorunsho Taiwo Victor
Deputy Director General, Arty For NANS on Media & Publicity