A Guide To Surviving The Coronavirus Lockdown In Nigeria

The coronavirus crisis started in late 2019 and has in a very short while, found its way to so many regions and countries all around the world.

The virus has killed thousands of people all over the world, especially in majorly populated states, cities and countries with China and Italy recording the highest casualties so far.

A major cause for the virus’ fast spread could be linked to people’s failure to observe social distancing and other necessary measures put in place by the government and the WHO for preventing coronavirus disease.

The United States is currently facing a high mortality rate with an average of 500 people dying daily. This has caused several governments to declare a state of emergency and total lockdown in their various countries and ask that all citizens self isolate and observe social distancing, putting in place necessary uniformed officers to ensure that these rules are adhered to.

In Nigeria, the number of infected persons with the virus skyrocketed from 2 persons to over 200 persons in less than 3 weeks. This made the federal and various state governments impose an immediate lockdown on the states with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases like Lagos, Abuja, Osun and Oyo.

What happens during a lockdown?

During the lockdown in Lagos and Abuja, all markets are to remain closed with the exception of food markets, entry and exit from and to the states are closed, and only essential workers are to go to work. Unnecessary movement around the state and on major roads are also restricted.

The closure of major markets has caused citizens to resort to panic buying and stocking up on necessary cooking items and an outrageous increase in the price of food items in a very short time.

MANY WAYS TO SURVIVE THE LOCKDOWN

1. STOCK UP ON FOOD

This is the best time to go to the market and buy foodstuff in bulk probably worth a month’s use.
The first thing you want to buy is pepper, tomatoes and onions. You have to ensure that you have a refrigerator to properly preserve them and if you cannot afford one at this time, all you need is an open space outside your house where you can air them to avoid heat. Another thing you can do is to blend it and boil, add in oil and salt for proper preservation.

Buy your vegetables and fruits also. They must be kept away from the heat also. 

2. REGULAR EXERCISES

Having a regular exercise pattern or routine would help in so many ways during a lockdown. Exercise aids food digestion, keeps the body in shape and boosts immunity and helps one to stay fit. Exercising regularly is one way to keep the body and mind away from stress and make the best out of this period. It is also important that you remember to drink water frequently during this period, and take short naps during the day for the brain to stay healthy.

3. TAKE A WALK

Walking briskly every morning for a minimum of 30 minutes is also another form of exercise. And again, walking relaxes you and is good for restoring mental peace in this time of chaos.

4. KEEPING A JOURNAL

Keeping a journal is an advisable way to keep the mind functioning because it will help you recollect your thoughts throughout the day which is a good mental exercise. It is also a very effective way of improving one’s writing during this period of no social activity.

5. READING

This is the best time to finish up on that old novel, catch up on your favourite magazine or bulletin or to have a prose or drama text by your side. It is more than enough time to read a book daily or weekly. Reading helps you to relax, kill boredom and widen your knowledge horizon.

6. WATCH VIDEOS

A good way to pass up time while gaining knowledge is watching DIY videos, recipes and comedy skits on YouTube and Instagram. Children can also watch interactive and educational videos online.

7. PLAYING GAMES

One major way to bond with the family during this lockdown is to play games. Board games can serve as a good means of entertainment as well as electronic games. It will help the family spend time together and do things together. Playing riddles and questionnaires with your family is also a good idea for family bonding.

8. REGISTER FOR AN ONLINE COURSE

So many people have always wanted to take courses online but haven’t been able to due to lack of time. This lockdown seems like the perfect time to take that online course. Learning a new language such as mandarin is also a great idea.

9. CATCH UP ON YOUR FAVOURITE SERIES

Everyone has a TV series that they enjoy so much. This general quarantine/self-isolation period is the best time to binge-watch your favourite TV series or shows.

IS THERE ANY KNOWN CURE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS?

Coronavirus disease currently has no cure.

The WHO together with other health organisations are not relenting in trying to find a cure or vaccination for the virus.

The old antimalarial drug chloroquine offered some prospect in the treatment of the virus but it is not yet a cure.

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