COVID-19 was reported in Wuhan China on 31 December 2019. It signaled the end of 2019, and ushered us into 2020.
Three months from the beginning of the decade, hundreds of thousands of people are infected, and the figure is projected to keep rising.
Nigeria, being the most populated country in Africa, with over 200 million people, and yet with poor healthcare system, would likely be the worst hit in sub-Saharan Africa.
In spite of all the panicking and shivering, there is certainty that Coronavirus is but the end of humanity as we know it.
Here are top five points that clearly illustrate that Coronavirus is not the end of humanity.
Call For Development
Nigeria, indeed much of Africa, has been plagued by inadequacy when it comes to healthcare facilities. This is evident in the fact that, whenever a serious health issue is at hand, heart transplant for one, citizens would prefer to fly abroad to get it done, as they are more equipped and better suited to handle the surgery.
But Now, with COVID-19 on our doors, urgent and paramount steps are to be taken to get medical equipment for testing, researching, and if they would venture, development of a vaccine.
Just recently, we got word that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued a communiqué pledging to provide grant funding facilities in Naira and foreign exchange to pharmaceutical companies to enable them procure raw materials and equipment to boost local drug production in the country. Surely, this wouldn’t have been prompted should Coronavirus not have imminence in the state of affairs.
Test of Faith
How well do you believe in humanity ? Do you think the future is stocked with good will ? If not, then COVID – 19 is very well doing its job.
With the advent of Coronavirus, there happens to be two major categories of people – those who believe that it would last for a while, and those who don’t.
The ones that believe it would fade, would try as much as possible to not be infected. They would adhere to the guidelines to the letter, and plan ahead of its demise.
But those, that regard this virus apocalyptic in nature, might be carefree. They would disregard the guideline and nurture that no matter what, the virus will have its way. Thus, they, by their carelessness, contact the disease, and seek to spread it among others.
In which ever way, our faith in humanity is being tried.
Change of Lifestyle
If there is anything Coronavirus has taught us so far, that have been compulsorily learnt, it is about washing hands, and personal hygiene.
Nigerians, for the most part, might not like the demanding prevention tips for Coronavirus. Yet, they have no choice but to comply.
Pending on when the virus will be around, washing hands would be integrated into our lifestyle.
Death Rate Low
The rate at which Coronavirus kills has been low, and as well going by the successful recovery of some patients, we can conclude that it isn’t killing everyone it infects.
But although, its symptoms are mild, it is deadlier in the sense that it can go undetected.
Howbeit, when ever a vaccine or cure is put forward, it becomes a thing of the past.
Regardless of the virus, business goes on. Even though, the virus itself has led to an increase in the Face mask market, hand sanitizers, and others, Entrepreneurs and business owners would come up with an efficient, yet effective means of remaining in Business.
Recent news puts it that International airports in Lagos and Abuja has been shut down. Hence, foreign trade would witness a decline, eventually boosting local production, and home trade.
There are virtually more reasons we believe Coronavirus’ main objective is not to end humanity. Most of which are evident in our collective efforts.