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Thanks in no small measure to people and organizations that have supported Nigeria at this critical period of global agony. All our history as Africans in the African continent has been a narrative of struggles. Suddenly, the whole world – least developed, developing and developed societies are in anguish, formulating and implementing crisis response initiative. It is our belief that the whole world will come out of this very severe adversity with clear lessons: Fundamental transformation takes some time to manifest, even with policies of visioning and long-range planning, hence the need for us to be prepared at all times. It is also important to note that both the government and the citizenry have duties to perform. It is also incumbent on citizens to fulfill their obligations to the State.  Since inception three years ago, we have striven to engage in sensitization and advocacy activities as part of our social responsibility.  And we will continue this role undertaken with the best of intentions. We have no funds to donate. But we offer our communication channels and endowments.

COVID-19 IN SIMPLER TERMS: Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, United States authored this excellent summary to avoid contagion.  We share it with you because it is very clear and is better understood because it explains those high-sounding medical terms.  TERRIFIC HEADLINES is a non-partisan, non-political organization that operates purely as a professional and ethically responsible information outfit; with associated online communication channels with wide reach.

 March 27, 2020: The WHO COVID-19 SITUATION REPORT   published on March 26 reported 49,219 new cases and 2,401 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the global total to 462,684 confirmed cases and 20,834 deaths. The JOHNS HOPKINS CSSE DASHBOARD reports a total of 549,604 cases and 24,361 deaths.  The United States currently has 85,996 confirmed cases according to the, surpassing the total for China (81,894 cases). Of these, 39,140 cases are from New York and 6,876 are from New Jersey. In its most recent situation report published March 26th, US CDC reported 68,440 total cases and 994 total deaths.

The Italian Ministry of Health reported a total of 62,013 positive cases, 8,165 deaths, and 10,361 recovered cases as of March 26th. As the rise of new cases in Italy slows in the northern regions of the country, there are concerns about whether the southern regions may also become increasingly affected. The Spannish Minstry of Health reported a total of 64,959 confirmed cases. The  dashboard reported 32,332 confirmed cases in Iran, and 94 cases in Afghanistan. Pakistan reported 1,252 cases and 9 deaths.   Case counts are increasing substantially in Russia, after months of reportingfew cases  despite proximity to China. The Russian Minstry of Health  currently reports 1,036 cases and reports increasing the supply of testing kits as well as other response measures.

US RESPONSE The US House of Representatives is expected to vote today on the largest economic stimulus package in US history to provide support to affected families, businesses and health systems. Due to several members of Congress testing positive for the virus and various quarantine policies being implemented across states, voice voting   will be conducted and a smaller number of representatives will be present in the Capitol. A single lawmaker could potentially delay the ability for the House to vote if they ask for a roll call or quorum, which would require 216 lawmakers to be present in the building. Multiple House members from both political parties have threatened  to ask for a quorum to delay the vote. The bill comes at a time of substantial health system strain and shortages of critical testing kits and PPE.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has reportedly offered support to the United States  during a phone call with President Donald Trump earlier today. The news comes amid rising tensions between the two countries, as officials and leaders from both countries as both countries  have accused the other of having a role in spreading the virus and false information.

IMPORTANT POINTS FROM JOHNS HOPKINS:  The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code.  (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells. * Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own.  The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

* The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat.  That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).  By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.

* HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything.  In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.

* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

* Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.

* Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.

* NO BACTERICIDE SERVES.  The virus is not a living organism like bacteria;  they cannot kill what is not alive with anthobiotics, but quickly disintegrate its structure with everything said.

* NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth.  While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous), 4 hours (copper, because it is naturally antiseptic; and wood, because it removes all the moisture and does not let it peel off and disintegrates).  ), 24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal) and 72 hours (plastic)  But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.

* The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars.  They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness.  Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.

* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein.  For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect.  Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin, eventually causing wrinkles and skin cancer.

* The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.

* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

* NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve.  The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.

* LISTERINE IF IT SERVES!  It is 65% alcohol.

* The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated,  the less.

* This is super said, but you have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc.  And also, when using the bathroom.

* You have to HUMIDIFY HANDS DRY from so much washing them because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.

Also, keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.

 

RESIST EAMINATION – RISK ARREST – ITSE SAGAY

Professor Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) has reiterated that no Nigerian can choose to ignore the federal government’s order given to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the country. Sagay said anyone, no matter how highly placed who refuses to submit to directives on coronavirus screening should be arrested and can be prosecuted.

                                                                                 

 LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT ENACTS LAW STIPULATING JAIL TERM FOR VIOLATORS

Lagos State, the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria has enacted a new law to enable the state government efficiently and effectively combat coronavirus.  The Bill has been passed into Law by the Lagos State House of Assembly and is tagged: “Emergency Coronavirus Pandemic Bill 2020,” the piece of legislation was sponsored by Mudashiru Obasa and passed into law with record speed. It affords Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor, the legislative concurrence to spend an initial N20 billion to effectively contain the virus and enforce compliance by Lagosians.

The bill gives the governor the opportunity to make recourse back to the house before any regulations. The bill also stipulates a fine of N100,000 for defaulters, one month imprisonment in the correctional centre or three months community service. Where the offence is not spelt out, it attracts N200,000 and also allows the leadership of the various arms of government to structure their own restriction format. Section 8 of the bill makes provision for the coronavirus Trust Fund. The bill further empowers the governor to declare a state of emergency of up to three months if the situation requires so.

GLOBAL LEVEL: GLOBAL RESPONSE In response to rising case counts in Russia, government officials there have said that they have already conducted 193,000 tests to date and that they have capacity to conduct an additional 700,000 tests. The Russian government has also ordered a shutdown of all non-essential businesses for this upcoming week, and a stay at home order for elderly populations. While the COVID-19 case counts remains low in Russia, reports of high levels of pneumonia have raised questions about COVID-19 disease surveillance.

The South African government recently announced that the country would be entering a three-week “lockdown” in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. According to a tweet from South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases, the country has administered over 20,000 tests, finding just under 1,000 confirmed cases. The South African army and police will enforce the lockdown which restricts people from leaving their houses for all but essential matters.

As additional countries continue to implement human mobility restrictions, questions about how and when countries will transition back to normal operating procedures remain. There are ongoing discussions o gauge the economic and social disruption tied to these public health interventions with the necessity to hold out long enough for them to have a meaningful impact on the trajectory of national COVID-19 outbreaks. Yesterday, representatives of the G20 gathered virtually to discuss these issues, among others, as economic hardship has increased worldwide.

UK PRIME MINISTER TESTS POSITIVE UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after testing positive. He is currently exhibiting mild symptoms, and plans to continue working. UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and is also continuing to work from home.

ECONOMIC IMPACTS US stock markets fell more than 3% today after a three-day rally, during a week where there were record-breaking surges in unemployment claims filed. In Europe, tightened border security has resulted in a shortage of migrant workers, predominantly from Eastern Europe, available for farm work. As a result, produce across many European countries has remained unharvested. In response, France’s agricultural minister suggested that people in other industries who are currently at home could begin work on farms. (Source: The Center for Health Security, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security)

 WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION — Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus: Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following: Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene: Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading

Follow the guidance outlined above.

Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.

If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent the possibpread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

TERRIFIC HEADLINES ENCOURAGES YOU TO ENDEAVOUR TO VISIT THE WEBSITE OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION FOR BASIC KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CORONAVIRUS. IT IS AVAILABLE ON THIS LINK:  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public