Rubbing Minds: Is coronavirus really in Nigeria?

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Hey guys, it’s been a while since we last talked, I know a lot has happened since then. Today I would like to talk about the ongoing global pandemic, Coronavirus (Covid-19); ever since the appearance of this virus, the world has changed drastically. But today, I want to focus on the situation with the virus in Nigeria.

It might seem a strange question to ask, knowing we have been battling this virus across the world for the last five months.

First of all, I would like to give you a little background, summary and history of how the Covid-19 came about although i appreciate many of us might have a firm knowledge or what this virus is and its origins but for the sake of those with a vague knowledge due to the over information on the internet these days.

What is a coronavirus?

There are different types of Coronavirus, Coronaviruses are the cause of diseases in animals; About seven of these viruses have been able to be transmitted from animals to humans which causes cold-like symptoms in most cases.

The variant know as Covid-19 causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or shortness of breath. Sometimes a carrier of the virus has and shows no symptom (Asymptomatic) whilst spreading the virus to others, making it more difficult to control/curb the spread.

According to analysts, about 20% of Covid-19 cases have been classified as severe and the current rate of deaths is between 0.7% and 3.4% depending on the location and, crucially, access to good hospital care.

Like a Swam of bees or the migratory locuste, Covid-19 has spread to almost every country in the world, making it a global pandemic since it first emerged in China in December of 2019 as confirmed by WHO and the Peoples Republic of China.

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Over 4 million people are known to have been infected across the globe and over 300,000 deaths have been recorded as them of publishing this article.

Where did the Covid-19 come from?

According to multiple media and scientific sources, Covid-19 is said to have emerged from a “wet market” in Wuhan the capital city of Hubei Province in China, where exotic animals both dead and alive were sold to customers who needed them for a meal.

Scientists are yet to identify the animal source of the virus, but many believe that the virus came from the consumption of bats by local residents of Wuhan.

Another theory floating around is that an Infectious Disease Control Lab in Wuhan might have carried out some tests on certain animals and after conducting the trails they sold off the animals to the wet market.  The alternative theory is that a staff working in the lab might have contracted the virus unknowingly and then passed it on to others in the process triggering the reproduction rate also known as (R0) in epidemiology.

Symptoms of Covid-19, how spreads, and how to avoid getting it.

The Covid-19 symptoms identified and confirmed include fever, dry cough, tiredness, shortness of breath and loss of the sense of taste. One would also lose their sense of smell and have stomach problems in some cases.

It is important to note that the virus affects individuals differently and this can be attributed to how good the immune system is and what underlying health issues those infected might have. Also at the moment it has been documented that children are less likely to be infected in the same rate as adults above the ages of 60.

The virus is spread through droplets from someone who is coughing or sneezing. The droplets land on surfaces and are spread further through the hands, mouth, nose, and eyes.

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The best way to avoid getting the virus is to safe at home, avoid crowded places, and observe social distancing if one must go out. Also make sure to go out with your face mask, gloves, and a hand sanitizer – always wash your hands with clean water and soap for up to 20 seconds to kill the virus and protect yourself as well as others from the virus.

Is the coronavirus in Nigeria?

If the numbers are anything to go by, according to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), about 32,942 people have been tested for coronavirus, 5,445 confirmed cases, 3,954 active cases, 1,320 discharged cases, and 171 deaths. So yes there is coronavirus in Nigeria, but due to the lack of faith the people have in their government, most Nigerians do not believe that the virus exists in the country.

I mean, I don’t blame them, the Nigerian government is notorious for playing politics with everything that has to do with the country, just like the situation with the terrorism group known as “Boko Haram”.

As evident on Social media, many citizens believe that the government mapped out this plan of the virus being in the country so they can collect money from the international and diplomatic community to line their pockets.

Several reports have been circulating week in week out about the sketchiness of confirmed cases of covid-19. From zero deaths in Kano to hundreds of death in a single day to lock-down curfew being applied by some states. My doubts arose from the fact that the first confirmed case in Anambra state, East of the Country,  when chief Marcel Eze who was furious with the state government and NCDC for declaring that he had the virus – came out to say that he does not have the virus and demanded that he gets released from the isolation center.

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Of course, when I heard the news I did some investigation of my own and found out that the man was indeed not positive for coronavirus. He only had heart issues that were treated at the St Joseph Hospital Adazi Nnukwu in Onitsha Anambra State.

After his outburst, the Governor of the state Mr. Willi Obiano ordered that Mr. Eze be released from the isolation center, and declared him negative of the virus.
What I find interesting about all these is the fact that the officials at NCDC refused to adjust the number of confirmed cases in Aambara from two to one since it was confirmed that the first so called case was bogus. I mean what does that say to you? That there is no coronavirus in Nigeria right? If they would do that in a state that only has one case that means potentially they have been doing it to other states. Indeed this cast doubt on my trust for the government concerning their transparency in handling the pandemic. We definitely need answers.
Although it may seem like the virus is not in the country, and that the government is just inflating the numbers just to get money from the diplomatic community, I believe that there is coronavirus in the country but in very low numbers not as much as they are making it out to be.
Please stay safe, protect yourself from the virus. We will get through this.
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