Coronavirus: What This So Called Pandemic Has Caused

 

The Coronavirus disease otherwise known as COVID-19 was first discovered in Wuhan city, Hubei Province, China in late 2019. This deadly virus was declared a global pandemic on March 11, 2020 by the World Health Organization (WHO). Current reports revealed that this particular virus has affected more than 200 countries and territories in the world. As at today (April 7, 2020), this particular virus has killed over 76,000 and infected more than 1.3 million people across the globe.

Although in the recent time we have heard of many other contagious diseases such as Ebola Virus, HIV AID, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Hantavirus, Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) among others, none of them has drastically changed many affairs as this. In fact, right now, things are not the same as before again.

As a result of the quick transmission of this deadly virus from person to person, many countries have ordered that schools, offices and many event centres be closed down. Global conferences, sports and other social gathering have been cancelled or postponed all because of COVID-19. Also, religious activities and gathering are being suspended and in fact, religious leaders such as pastors and imams have advised their people to stop any religious congregation for the time being in order to curtail the spread of this deadly virus, thereby forcing many people to remain in their home.

With what has been experienced in Nigeria so far, below are some of the situations or state of affairs ever since the country recorded her first case of the virus on February 27, 2020.

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1. Panic:
This is the foremost on the list because many people in the world today are in one way or the other afraid of this pandemic. In fact, one can rightly say that nobody is immune to this disease, considering the category of people the virus has either infected or killed. Furthermore, as many people have already known the symptoms, they therefore tend to suspect anyone who keeps coughing every time, whereas his case might not have anything to do with COVID-19. In fact, the person may even suspect himself. This is actually normal since it is important for us all to be very careful and vigilant at this time.

2. Stay-at-home order:
Since the government and health agencies have urged people to stay in their houses so as to curtail the spread of the deadly virus, majority of people now remain indoor while some have gone into self isolation. Salat (prayer) in the mosque has been suspended for the Muslims and church service has been suspended for the Christians. Therefore, people now pray in their houses. In fact, there is no more traffic on the roads. Everywhere seems quieter than usual and it may even be funny to say that everyday now appears identical.

3. Financial Problem:
Following the ‘stay-at-home’ order, restriction of movement and cancellation of all form of public gathering, many people have started suffering from penury. In Nigeria, majority of people may find it difficult to feed themselves if they fail to work for just a day. Now that the governments have ordered people to remain indoor as part of the measures to minimize the spread of the pandemic, people are now seriously broke.

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4. Reading or listening to news reports:
Many people have now found interest in reading or listening to news reports, especially those ones who rarely take such seriously before this period. Now everyone wants to hear the latest updates.

5. Personal hygiene:
Although it’s not as if some people have not been practicing personal hygiene even before the Coronavirus outbreak but now this practice has become one of the major instructions issued by the health agencies as part of the indispensable measures to take so as not to be Infected with this virus. Hand sanitizers are now selling fast.

6. Social distancing:
At first, this sounded funny somehow, but as we have it now many people are actually complying with instruction of the health agencies that a person should maintain at least 1-3 meters distance between himself and other people.

7. Daily experiment:
Scientists and medical officials around the world keep carrying out experiments every day in order to discover the cure for the Coronavirus disease.

8. Donations from reputable people, financial institutions and big Companies:
Reputable people in the society such as business moguls, philanthropists, political office holders as well as some financial institutions and big companies have been donating huge sum of money to the governments to support the battle against COVID-19.

Although this list cannot be said to be so exhaustive, but to a reasonable extent, it covers most of the notable situations that have been easily identified since the emergence of the pandemic.

 

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