Pretty much everyone is familiar with the plague that is threatening to grind the whole world to a halt and bring nations to their knees.
COVID-19 (2019-nCOV) or ‘coronavirus’ as it is infamously known is an ongoing pandemic that attacks the respiratory system causing damages to vital organs and leaving infected individuals at risk.
Experts have estimated that COVID-19 will kill up to 3% of people infected in an environment with good healthcare.
A cure for the virus has yet to be discovered as researchers are tirelessly at work to find a solution to avoid a repetition of the Spanish flu of 1918 that infected around 500 million people.
The first case of this virus in Ghana was recorded in the early days of March 2020. Since that period, as at the time of writing this article, the number of reported cases has increased to 141.
The majority of coronavirus-infected people in Ghana have recovered or are responding to treatment and already on their way to full recovery.
It is reported that a bulk of the confirmed cases are Ghanaians who recently returned from affected countries. Efforts are being made by the government of Ghana to track said people and put them through the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
As a result of the preventive measures being taken by the authorities, the coronavirus has claimed only a handful of lives in Ghana. Only five deaths have been recorded so far from the illness.
President Akufo-Addo, the democratic leader of Ghana, has declared a partial lockdown on two of the country’s major cities: Accra, Tema, and the Ashanti region — Kumasi. Counteractive measures have been taken by closing all borders and points of entry into Ghana (land, sea and air).
The partial lockdown is scheduled to commence on Monday, March 30, 2020.
The president is quoted saying ‘only persons involved in the food value chain can operate in the market areas’.
President Akufo-Addo has urged the people of Ghana to remain indoors during the lockdown period. There will be no intercity movement in Ghana within the specified period.
Myths About Coronavirus Busted
A lot of myths have been doing the rounds regarding coronavirus. It was initially rumoured that the reason Africa had reported low numbers of sick people was because the virus can’t thrive in hot temperature.
That is most definitely incorrect. Some misconceptions regarding COVID-19 are explained below:
The virus CAN be transmitted in hot climate areas like Africa.
Face masks DO NOT work, but it does. Let me explain. Tiny particles known as aerosols can penetrate masks. Also, the virus can be transmitted through the eyes, which is unprotected. A mask will reduce the chances of infection by five folds but it isn’t a 100% guarantee against the infection.
Coronavirus DOES NOT affect the elderly only. All humans of all ages and gender are at risk. Nobody is immune to coronavirus though it has been confirmed that older people and those with underlying health conditions are more at risk.
There is currently no vaccine against the coronavirus; experiments are still in the early stages.
How to stay safe from the coronavirus:
a. Stay more at home to limit chance of contact with infected persons.
b. Avoid handshakes.
c. Wash your hands with soap and water at regular intervals.
d. Do not touch your face with your hands.
e. Cough or blow your nose into a tissue paper. Avoid using handkerchiefs for now.
f. Disinfect your house. Pay extra attention to door knobs and frequently used objects, even mobile phones.
g. Use alcohol-based sanitizers only. Washing your hands with soap and water for twenty seconds is more advisable but use alcohol-based sanitizers in the absence of soap and water.
Stay at home. Stay safe.