#Opinion: Which is deadlier: Corona virus or the Nigerian virus?

Joy Igoche

"I hear say this Coronavirus no dey affect black man. Even heat sef dey cure am, alcohol dey cure am, weed dey cure am, plenty palm oil dey work am sef. We thank God say this virus no dey touch us wey'n dey naija." Said an anonymous trader at the popular Igbudu market in Warri, Delta State.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi at a press conference in Ikeja on Thursday said the Italian who was the first person to be diagnosed with the disease have tested negative. However, there are four new cases bringing it to a total number of 12 confirmed cases in the country.

It is no longer news that around the globe, there have been an alarming upsurge of the deadly Corona virus. This virus commonly referred to as COVID 19 is a new strain that was discovered in 2019. The novel virus causes illness ranging from common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Its common signs include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, it can cause pneumonia, kidney failure, and even death.

Sadly, there are a lot of awareness and information about Corona virus and safety measures disseminated on the mainstream media such as radio, television, newspapers, magazines, etc, as well as on legit online platforms, yet some Nigerians have resulted to deliberately spreading fake news and false information about the virus; which misleads people and inspires serious panic in the society.

Standard recommendations from the World Health Organization to prevent the spread of this disease include regular hand washing, covering of mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

The Coronavirus spread have presented an unprecedented challenge for Scientists, Doctors, among all and sundry in the medical profession. The United States recently approved the Anti-Malaria drug Chloroquine to test as Corona virus treatment. It is however hoped that researches made concerning this malady be accelerated so as to facilitate the production of the Coronavirus vaccine.

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