Nigeria’s COVID-19 toll is now 108,943, with 22,156 active cases and 1,420 fatalities, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
Just Saturday night, the NCDC reported 1,598 new infections, and seven deaths spread across 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
In order to avoid getting infected, experts counsel that you uphold the following four advice.
Avoid large gatherings like a plague!
Experts say indoor gatherings are high risk for COVID-19 because people sit close together and many times don’t wear masks when they engage in conversations.
Director of global health at Northwell Health in New York and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Hofstra University, Dr. Eric Christopher Cioe-Pena, warns, “It’s important to remember that the virus doesn’t care why you’re gathering.
“It’s potentially going to result in increased cases, increased hospitalisations, and more deaths.”
Public health experts say large gatherings allow for superspreading of the virus because of the personal behaviors that large congregations often engage in.
“They hug, they kiss, and they spend a fair amount of prolonged time in close association,” an infectious disease expert at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Tennessee, Dr. William Schaffner, said.
He noted that while such large gatherings last, people speak in unison, without wearing masks, with large respiratory droplets of flying around.
“Those energetic ways of projecting your voice and exhaling can potentially enhance transmission of respiratory droplets,” Schaffner said.
The United States Centres for Disease Control note that droplet transmission is infection spread through exposure to virus-containing respiratory droplets (i.e., larger and smaller droplets and particles) exhaled by an infectious person.
“Transmission is most likely to occur when someone is close to the infectious person, generally within about six feet,” CDC warns.
Maintain less social interaction
The United States infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “I would like to see a dramatic diminution of the personal interaction we see in restaurants and in bars. Whatever it takes to do that, that’s what I would like to see.”
The CDC added that limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
“Social distancing, also called physical distancing, means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household.
“To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least six feet (about two arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces,” the government agency stated.
It added that social distancing should be practised in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid unnecessary travel
Experts warn that you could catch — or give someone else — COVID-19 during any journey, since you are most likely to meet more persons as a result.
“Travelling opens you up to more social interaction. So, just think about it,” experts say.
Continue observing non pharmaceutical protocols
This encourages us to wash hands, use medical mask and gloves. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
“Maintaining these simple instructions will help in curbing the spread of the virus,” NCDC clounsels.
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