COVID-19 Lockdown: A Dramatic Loss

For the first time in decades, has the world experienced a global shutdown that deeply decimated the world’s economy within six months of the arrival of a deadly disease known as Coronavirus.

 Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) is a highly transmitted and pathogenic viral infection caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome, coronavirus 2 (SAR-CoV-2) which emerged in Wuhan  , China and spread across the world. This is why Donald Trump refers it as Chinese disease. However research showed that the SAR-CoV-2 is related to severe acute respiratory syndrome, which is SARS like, a bat virus hence the conclusion that bats could be the possible primary reservoir. So far, the intermediate source of origin and transfer to man is not known. However, the rapid transfer of the disease from man to man has been confirmed and still spreading..

As much as the disease is spreading like wildfire, there has been a global lockdown to curtail the spread. Unfortunately, thousands of people have died across the globe, from Asia to Europe, America to Africa etc.  According to WHO, there is a total of 4, 258, 666 confirmed cases and 294, 190 deaths still counting. On the globe, two hundred and sixteen countries, areas and territories have indicated the prevalent cases of COVID-19.  Unfortunately, in these countries, those that contacted the disease and those that died of it least expected it would happen, so had no future plan, especially for the bread winners who have dependants, and this has seriously compounded the crises across the globe. Proprietors of small and medium businesses such as petty traders, artisans, and subsistence farmers are facing hard times now, and no doubts, they may not survive the aftermath of the crises. For the developing countries, the consequence is disastrous and without financial support, small and medium industry may be brought to zero which is tantamount to loss of jobs and means of livelihoods. As a matter of fact, there will be rising cases of security issues, bordering on armed robbery, kidnapping, ritual killings and adverse behaviors. Currently, many families are faced with financial depression, hunger and abuse.

Internationally, bilateral trade has been brought to a halt and businesses around the world are left counting costs, while banks are slashing interest rates to encourage borrowing and spending in order to boost the economy. Consumers are witnessing stockpiling food in order to absorb the shock associated with the lockdown.

Since this locked down would have been a good opportunity for busy CEOs and business men to unite with their families, however there has been increasing incidence of sexual abuse, gender base and domestic violence. It is envisaged that drug abuse, unwanted pregnancy and abortion will take a high toll among persons within the school age this period.

More so, there have been ample cases of police brutality on citizens over deviance from staying at home and also killings of civilians, mostly youths in some part of Nigeria by soldiers. It is really unfair and unprofessional.

The global lockdown is historic, unpredicted and scary because of the widening fear of its attendant consequences.

As scientists are working hard to develop a COVID 19 vaccine, hopefully we will be alive to celebrate the end of this pandemic, and unite again with the quarantined.  Before that, we should always remember to practice social distancing, use face masks, and sanitize our hand regularly.

And for those who have lost their lives untimely either by COVID-19, domestic violence, police brutality or by way of the guns, we pray solemnly for the repose of their souls.

The Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) is a highly transmitted and pathogenic viral infection caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SAR-CoV-2) which emerged in Wuhan, China and spread across the world. This is why Donald Trump refers it as Chinese disease. However research showed that the SAR-CoV-2 is related to severe acute respiratory syndrome, which is SARS like, a bat virus hence the conclusion that bats could be the possible primary reservoir

So far, the intermediate source of origin and transfer to man is not known. However, the rapid transfer of the disease from man to man has been confirmed and still spreading. An infected person may be sick with the virus for 1- 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms, is fever, tiredness, dry cough and difficulty in breathing.

There has been no recommended treatment for the disease, though some recover from it without special treatment while it is very acute with old people and people with cases of asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

As much as the diseases are spreading like wildfire, there has been a global lockdown to curtail the spread. Unfortunately, thousands of people have died across the globe, from Asia to Europe, American and Africa.

International bilateral trade has been brought to a halt and businesses around the world are left counting costs and banks slashing interest rates to encourage borrowing and spending in order to boost the economy. Consumers are witnessed stockpiling food in order to absorb the shock associated with the lockdown. Since this lockdown would have been a good opportunity for busy CEOs and business men to unite with their families, however there has been increasing incidence of sexual abuse and gender base and domestic violence.

The global lockdown is historic, unpredicted and scary because of the widening fear of its attendant consequences.

As scientists are working hard to develop a COVID 19 drug , hopefully we will be alive to celebrate the end of this pandemic, and unite again with the quarantined. 

Before that, we should always remember to practice social distancing, use face masks, and sanitize our hand regularly.

And for those who have lost their lives untimely either by COVID-19, domestic violence, police brutality or by way of the guns, we pray solemnly for the repose of their souls.

By Nnaemeka Onyejiuwa Justin

As the World celebrates the 2020 World Health Day, the Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has called for  standard medical practice in Nigeria and honoring of midwives and nurses who are involved directly as care givers to sick patients  especially in the light of the pandemic which has ravaged the world.

The Executive of CCIDESOR, Ogechi Ikeh pointed out that  with the outbreak of COVID-19, it has been discovered that the country has dearth of standard medical facilities, lack of well-equipped isolation centers and underpaid medical personnel, especially  nurses and midwives who would serve as the sole care givers to infected patients

Today is set apart to celebrate and honor the tireless efforts of nurses and midwives arounf the globe more so, remind world leaders of the critical role these medical personnel  play in keeping the world healthy. Nurses and other health workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response – providing high quality, respectful treatment and care, leading community dialogue to address fears and questions and, in some instances, collecting data for clinical studies. Quite simply, without nurses, there would be no response.

In this International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, World Health Day (WHO) highlights the current status of nursing and around the world. WHO and its partners will make a series of recommendations to strengthen the nursing and midwifery workforce.

This will be vital if we are to achieve national and global targets related to universal health coverage, maternal and child health, infectious and non-communicable diseases including mental health, emergency preparedness and response, patient safety and the delivery of integrated, people-centered care, amongst others.

CCIDESOR urged all and sundry to encourage and cooperate with professional care givers in leading the nation and globe at large to a standard health practice by maintaining standard personal hygiene, especially ensuring Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) in the environment, social distancing, washing of hands with clean water and soap, avoiding of touching of faces with the hands and use of alcoholic hand sanitizers. We also ask the government to support care givers by giving them remuneration that covers the risk they take to take care of human lives and to create an environment of standard medical practice post COVID-19.

All You Need to Know About COVID-19

What is a coronavirus

The coronavirus family causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), according to the WHO.

They circulate in animals and some can be transmitted between animals and humans. Several coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

The new coronavirus, the seventh known to affect humans, has been named COVID-19.

What are the symptoms?

Common signs of infection include fever, coughing and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, it can cause pneumonia, multiple organ failure and death.

The incubation period of COVID-19 is thought to be between one and 14 days. It is contagious before symptoms appear, which is why so many people get infected. Infected patients can be also asymptomatic, meaning they do not display any symptoms despite having the virus in their systems.

Where did it come from?

China alerted the WHO to cases of unusual pneumonia in Wuhan on December 31, 2019

COVID-19 is thought to have originated in a seafood market where wildlife was sold illegally.

On February 7, Chinese researchers said the virus could have spread from an infected animal to humans through illegally trafficked pangolins, prized in Asia for food and medicine.

The WHO declared that on March 11, and said it was “deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity” of the outbreak.

What to do

The WHO recommends basic hygiene such as regularly washing hands with soap and water, and covering your mouth with your elbow when sneezing or coughing.

Maintain social distancing- keeping at least 1.8 metres (six feet) between yourself and others – particularly if they are coughing and sneezing, and avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid unnecessary, unprotected contact with animals and be sure to thoroughly wash hands after contact.