As the world awaits COVID-19 vaccines…

The first confirmed index case of coronavirus in Nigeria was announced on 27 February 2020, when an Italian citizen in Lagos tested positive for the virus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illnesses.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the virus, the disease it causes, and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol-based rub frequently and not touching your face.

 COVID-19 spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatment for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.

As the world awaits the vaccines for the pandemic, economic, political, social, and educational activities have been put to hold. The changes brought by the coronavirus in Nigeria visible and have since forced governments at state and federal levels to request for loans and donations.

Some government and private institutions have started lay-offs, slashing salaries of their workers to cushion the financial effect of the pandemic.

 The pestilence has thrown its sword more on non-consumable businesses especially during the lockdown period. This has introduced untold hardship on Nigerians. Despite the economic downturn, prices of commodities, especially consumable ones have skyrocketed.

On the other hand, businessmen who are selling the skyrocketed products enjoy the impact of the Coronavirus disease. This portrays the inhuman attached to their hearts as well as a lack of sympathy for the sanctity of human lives.

Coronavirus has given rise to social and attitudinal change. Handshake mode of greetings have been suspended, social and physical distancing has been enforced. Wearing of facemask and hand gloves have become the order of the day. Curfew and lockdown have restrained Nigerians from going about their normal activities.

Governments and health sectors have completely moved their attention to the control Coronavirus. This affects other health-related issues. People with diseases like diabetes, AIDS, Hypertension, Malaria, typhoid other diseases that need extensive care are finding it difficult to access to health care due to the Covid19 impact. This, according to some experts, is responsible for the incessant deaths in Kano.

The pestilence has uncovered poor health facility in the country which have been whimpering for attention for over a decade.

The pandemic is indeed a calamity and a blessing. It is a calamity because it destroys almost everything in the world, and a blessing because it comes to teach us lessons.

Bilyaminu Gambo Kong-kol,

Bayero University,

Kano [email protected]

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