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By the minute, 2020 looks more like the year we all leave the face of the earth. From losing very notable individuals in the world to threats of a Third World War, and then now, a pandemic that’s spreading faster than the gospel itself! 

So you know how in these fantasy/sci-fi movies, there’s always this villain who has a plot to take over the world or end it? Well yeah, it’s happening in real life now, just that this time there are no heroes to save us and no known orchestrators.

The villain, Coronavirus, code name COVID-19, is an epidemic that is fast spreading all around the world today and is caused by corruption according to an anonymous philosopher from Nigeria. It has basically put the world to a stop. Schools are shutting down, sporting events like football leagues and the NBA have all been suspended until further notice, flight ticket prices are dropping because nobody wants to travel, it just seems like the best time to have a vacation and at the same time the worst. Even recently, a conference held to discuss ways to stop the coronavirus was cancelled because of fear of the coronavirus. It’s like the Avengers not assembling because none of them wants to die. This thing is Thanos on steroids!

So let’s get serious. What is the COVID-19? And what do we know about it?

According to the Centre for Disease Control, it is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Its symptoms include fever, dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, conjunctival congestion, haemoptysis and sneezing. The disease lasts in a human body for 2-14 days before the person starts showing symptoms.

So far, there have been about 87137 reported cases across the world and about 4000 recorded deaths. Unlike the Ebola in 2014, agent COVID-19 has proved to be a respecter of no man as a few important persons and celebrities have tested positive to this virus. A few of them which include; veteran actor, Tom Hanks and wife, NBA stars, Rudy Gobert and fellow Utah Jazz teammate, Donovan Mitchell, coach of PL side-Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, wife of Canadian Prime Minister, Sophie Treaudeau, Iranian Vice President, Eshaq Jahangiri and British Helath Minister, Nadine Dorries. Even the Iranian Health Minister also tested positive to the disease after showing symptoms while on an interview to address the epidemic on live TV. It’s like “jokes on you, you can get it too”.

In Africa, there have been a few reported cases. As of Tuesday 10, March, there were only about 95 cases reported throughout the continent. The rest of the world has shown some sort of “concern” considering the fragility of the healthcare systems in countries around the continent. In Nigeria, there have been 2 reported cases of COVID-19 and as at Friday 13, March, one of those cases tested negative. This indeed is enough reason not to panic but regardless we must take preventive measures as no known treatment and can only be controlled to an extent. So to avoid any “insha Allah” situation, be advised to take the following preventive measures:

1. Wash your hands and apply sanitizers frequently.
2. Cover nose and mouth while coughing or sneezing with tissue or elbow. If you ever wondered the usefulness of the dab dance from 2016-2017, this is where it comes to play, trust me.
3. Avoid close contact with anyone with flu-like symptoms.

Ensure to take these preventive measures and you surely have hope you’ll be seeing the end of the year. If not, you have your village people to blame.

So my folks, stay safe, don’t go around shaking just anyone, be at places only when necessary and you’ll be just fine!

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