The lockdown measures are gradually being relaxed by the government but I can assure you that COVID-19 is still out there. It is worrisome to see that many of us have forgotten how serious this situation really is. The daily figures reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have exponentially increased over the past few days, proving that the pandemic is peaking and the spread of the virus is getting worse by the hour. At the moment, the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria has crossed the 17,000 mark. It may all seem like jargons and statistics until numbers become familiar names. Now that there is a lot of movement and commuting going on, extra precautionary measures must be taken to limit potential risks and keep ourselves safe.
At this point, the importance of wearing personal protective equipment cannot be overemphasized. This should be part of your daily routine, it is a lifestyle now. If you must step out of your home, wear a mask. While you are outside, avoid crowded places, maintain social distancing and do not stand or sit too close to anyone.
Disinfect the surfaces in your home and offices regularly. Wipe down door handles, tables, chairs, stair railings, light switches, remote controls, kitchen and bathroom surfaces with health agency approved sprays and wipes such as Lysol and Clorox. When purchasing products and paying for services, opt for e-payment or card payment options over the cash payment method. If possible, disinfect and wipe down the surfaces of products purchased.
Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water once you come in contact with any person, item or surface outside your home. In the absence of soap, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
We strongly advise against entertaining visitors in this period. Except it is extremely necessary, all forms of meetings and hangouts should be held online. If you have to bring anyone into your home, remember - no handshakes and no hugs.
Lastly, if you feel unwell and notice symptoms of COVID-19, reach out to NCDC via this toll-free line - 080097000010 or contact your state helpline.
This is a reminder from us at MTV Shuga, we care about your well-being. We are with you every step of the way and we will pull through this together.
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