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Coronavirus and the adversity of the asymptomatic – Bala Ibrahim

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Coronavirus and The Adversity of the Asymptomatic – Bala Ibrahim

On COVID-19: Another Article by Bala Ibrahim titled ” Coronavirus and The Adversity of the Asymptomatic”

In Nigeria, the Federal Government has issued guidelines on the implementation of the phased and gradual easing of the lockdown, wherein the public is given general health and safety information, guidance to states and security agencies, and a description of the types of activities allowed under the arrangement.

President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with the SGF Mr. Boss Mustapha during an audience with Founder of Dana Air the State House, Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JULY 3 2019. - Tagged in Coronavirus and the adversity of the asymptomatic.

President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with the SGF Mr. Boss Mustapha during an audience with Founder of Dana Air the State House, Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JULY 3 2019. – Tagged in Coronavirus and the adversity of the asymptomatic.

According to the SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha, the President has approved the implementation over the next four weeks, spanning 2nd – 29th June 2020. For a country that is the most populous in Africa, and one that has almost gone into an economic knockdown due to the lockdown, permitting free movement would be received by the society as a big breather. But how safe is the society?

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Last week, according to released records from the NCDC, the country has recorded over 10,000 cases of the virus, with 20 out of the 774 LGAs in the country, accounting for 60% of the casualty figures. PMB ordered the lockdown of Lagos and Abuja, when the country had less than150 active confirmed cases but is now ready to release the people, at a time the country is recording cases in tens of thousands. How safe is the society?

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Although the government said places of worship would only be permitted to operate under regulations, there would be a full opening for the financial sector, with banks allowed to operate with more working hours five days a week. This means full public interactions in some places, under the expectation that they would ensure the observance of all the protocols, particularly social distancing and the wearing of face masks.

Temperature control measures would be put in place to restrict those manifesting symptoms of the disease. Good. But what about the asymptomatic, who don’t show symptoms of the disease? Has the government entered into any covenance with the virus on these patients? If not, then how safe is society?

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According to medics, when someone has the common symptoms associated with a disease or condition, they are considered symptomatic. On the other hand, when disease exists without noticeable symptoms, the person is asymptomatic. This means, if you are asymptomatic, you don’t show any signs of being sick.

Therefore, the asymptomatic is referred to as a patient who has been exposed to an illness or is sick but doesn’t have any symptoms. Since thermometers cannot detect the asymptomatic, is it safe for people to mingle freely with such patients around?

Results from many tests showed that those who are asymptomatic appear to have the same viral load as the symptomatic patients. The implication of this is that, whether or not the person shows symptoms, he or she carries the same amount of virus inside him or her. This means transmission can continue from both the symptomatic and asymptomatic, all of whom are now free to visit the banks and places of worship.

Because of the peculiar behavior of this virus, community spread is much easier. Medics say with other viruses, one becomes contagious only when he has the symptoms, but the reverse is possible with Covid-19, thereby making it much harder to contain.

Then how safe is society?

The issue even becomes more distressing when we take into account the words of caution from Dr. Aliyu Sani, the PTF National Coordinator on Covid-19, wherein he advised those above the age of 50years, to avoid public places, saying, “first, when we look at the death rate for persons who have died from Covid-19 in Nigeria, the case fatality rate; more than half of those that died were above the age of 50. Secondly, the case fatality rate if you are above the age of 50, is 17 percent. If you are above the age of 55, it is 18 percent. It is almost a one in five chance of dying if you catch COVID-19 and you fall within that group. Worshippers should be reminded not to attend in person if experiencing common symptoms of Covid-19, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath or have had close contact with an infected person in the last 14 days. All worshippers noted to have a temperature or are symptomatic should be turned back and not allowed admission”. The question now is, what is the fate of other worshippers in the midst of the asymptomatic worshippers? With the new freedom of movement, how would you know if you’ve had contact with the asymptomatic in the last 14 days?

Is society safe?

Last Phase of Write-Up: Coronavirus and the adversity of the asymptomatic.

Like many countries of the world, Nigeria is still kneeling on bended knees as far as the effect of the Coronavirus is concerned. Every country is chocking with the pain of the pandemic because the virus is yet to be contained. The search for a near-perfect code of public safety is still a challenge.

However, whatever may be the shortcomings of the social distancing protocol, and the crisis occasioned by the dilemma of moving in the midst of the asymptomatic, they have come with a desirable sense of sanity and a helpful matrimonial moral etiquette, particularly the warning that people should be wary of who they hug and kiss outside, as some may be asymptomatic patients on parole.

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PTF Okays Phased Re-Opening of Schools, Orders Risk Assessment

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Dr Sani Aliyu, said the PTF had recommended the phased re-opening of schools with the necessary mechanism for risk assessment and monitoring of Covid-19 compliance measures by every school

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, said the PTF had recommended the phased re-opening of schools with the necessary mechanism for risk assessment and monitoring of Covid-19 compliance measures by every school.

The Coordinator disclosed this at a press briefing held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport, on Thursday in Abuja ahead of the reopening of the airspace for international flights.

Aliyu, who directed the schools to conduct a risk assessment, said the re-opening would be done in phases.

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He strongly recommended that states conduct risk assessment to ensure that educational institutions such as Day Care, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions are at a level of compliance and create monitoring mechanisms to assess and monitor their level of preparedness.

The phased re-opening of schools is part of the third phase of the eased lock down, which was announced at the PTF briefing earlier.

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SCHOOL RESUMPTION: PTF ASKS STATES TO LEARN FROM GERMANY, US, OTHERS

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SCHOOL RESUMPTION: PTF ASKS STATES TO LEARN FROM GERMANY, US, OTHERS

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, on Monday, urged state governments making preparations for the reopening of schools to be guided by the experience of countries where opening of schools led to a rise in confirmed cases of the virus.

The Chairman of the task force, Boss Mustapha, stated this at the committee’s press briefing in Abuja.

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Mustapha listed the affected countries to include Germany, France, United States of America and the United Kingdom.

He said the task force would be submitting its seventh interim report to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), during the week, while decisions reached on the next phase of the lockdown would be made public during the next briefing on Thursday.

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NECO ANNOUNCES DEADLINE FOR 2020 SSCE REGISTRATION

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NECO ANNOUNCES DEADLINE FOR 2020 SSCE REGISTRATION

The National Examination Council (NECO) has announced September 10 as the deadline for schools to register their candidates for the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

This was announced on Monday in Abuja by the Registrar/Chief Executive of the exam body, Prof Godswill Obioma, who told stakeholders that NECO is in disagreement with the Federal Ministry of Education which announced an extension of the registration period for the exam.

The Registrar explained that the deadline is to allow NECO to prepare effectively and put all necessary logistics in place for the examination.

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He also used the opportunity to restate that the 2020 NECO/SSCE (Internal) would begin on October 5, and would end on November 18.

“The National Examinations Council wishes to remind all stakeholders and the general public that the deadline for the registration of schools and examination candidates for the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) is Thursday 10 September.

He also added that “There will not be subject to extension as approved by the Federal Ministry of Education. This is to enable efficient and effective planning for the examination logistics required for the smooth conduct of the 2020 NECO SSCE (Internal)’’

Prof Obioma also disclosed that the schedule and examination time table for the 2020 NECO external SSCE would soon be released.

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