By Oluwafemi Agagu
As much as the coronavirus disease is a public health emergency, we must know that, lately, its threat has not only become medical. Millions of lives and businesses all over the world have been altered by the outbreak of the virus, from those in self-isolation to stores and spaces going on indefinite hollows.
Since the flare-up of the savage Covid-19 pandemic, the entire world has been in a condition of fretfulness.
From the outset, it appeared Nigeria and numerous pieces of Africa were not affected. However, over time, a number of positive cases have been affirmed in many African nations and Nigeria is no special case.
In Nigeria, different cases have been reported and many unmistakable individuals in the nation have been among the victims.
Moreover, the novel virus is putting much of the world on hold. In an attempt to slow the spread of the virus, people are being asked to maintain strategic distance from groups and crowds, and also limit their travels. Some governments have even issued stay-at-home orders.
Organizations and business enterprises are doing their part to help. Sports leagues have suspended their seasons. Event centres, theme parks and other popular attractions have shut down. Many schools have closed, and companies are having people work from home. Religious communities are modifying their traditions. What we have right now is an eerie emptiness.
Stunned shoppers have complained about empty store racks. In any case, the grave-hearted complaints belie the anxiety that is fueling the frenzied buying and selling, occurring in many parts of the world.
Obviously, when people are unexpectedly denied access to resources we have long taken for granted, like tissue papers, handwashes and sanitizers, it is unimaginably simple to become overpowered by the uncertainty.
The empty shelves and racks left behind by panicked buyers worry the next shopper who can’t find what they need, triggering more anxiety, and ‘Panic continues to breed Panic.’
Pictures of empty shelves on social media have caused a ripple effect where an ever increasing number of individuals alarm about not been able to get the items they need, so accordingly, they go out and stock up the ones available. It has become a vicious circle and an endless loop.
Furthermore, the coronavirus pestilence has had a gradually expanding influence on a portion of the world’s busiest urban communities, with fears of the profoundly infectious virus emptying cafes, public squares and spaces in China, South Korea, Japan, US, Italy, among other nations.
Many roads in the world have been standing about void as of late. Those who try to venture out wear masks.
The regularly bustling subways have scarce passengers and riders try to sit far away from each other. Many residents are depending on grocery and restaurant delivery apps.
Banks in Nigeria presently have individuals arranged outside as they just permit at least twenty individuals in the financial corridor at a specific time.
There have been long queues outside retail stores and both online and offline stores sell out when stocks arrive. Stores like Shoprite is a useful case of this.
The World Health Organization said just individuals who are dealing with somebody who is sick or the people who show respiratory symptoms need to wear masks.
Be that as it may, individuals who are sans coronavirus (free of the virus) are advised to stay away from doctors’ offices, clinics and other medical centers where COVID-19 patients are or probably going to be, except in emergencies. That implies postponing elective surgeries.
The CDC recently advised doctors to ramp up their tele-health services, so patients can get care without exposing themselves to coronavirus patients; patient and doctor can communicate via a smartphone or laptop.
This stipulates that, in communities where coronavirus is spreading at a fast pace, health specialists may talk with their patients utilizing tele-health technology, as opposed to seeing them in clinical workplaces where they may be exposed to the infection.
Measures like these won’t be required in every community. Rather, they’ll be rolled out in neighborhoods, towns or urban areas as the need emerges.
Accordingly, coronavirus can cause fever, coughing, wheezing and pneumonia. Health officials believe the virus jumps from person to person, through tiny viral particles which can be embedded in the saliva droplets that infected people spread when they speak, cough or sneeze. If so, anyone within a six-foot radius could be exposed to the virus.
Ultimately, the most ideal approach to shield yourself as well as other people from the coronavirus is to follow fundamental cleanliness protocols: Wash your hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow and, perhaps, generally significant, remain at home regardless of whether you’re feeling just a little sick.
Not only would these diminish your danger of getting COVID-19, it would likewise shield you from influenza, for example, flu and the basic virus.
Although, for some people, getting ready for a coronavirus pestilence may be overwhelming and scary, and ultimately unnecessary. But being ready for the worst is better than being caught off guard.
I keep on trusting that at last we would think back and feel like we were overprepared.