Over the past couple of weeks, it’s become clear that the world is facing an unprecedented challenge. Nigeria is not left out; 8 confirmed cases of the Corona Virus Disease have been recorded across different states.

While we send our heartfelt wishes to those affected by the virus, both directly and indirectly and wish them a speedy recovery, we urge you to take adequate precautions to protect yourself and loved ones from the unfortunate incident that has enveloped the globe.

As you might know, the World Health Organization has released basic protective measures against the virus, some of which include, but are not limited to washing your hands regularly, refraining from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, practising respiratory hygiene, social distancing, avoiding handshakes, amongst others. We understand it’s human to panic in the face of a pandemic but it’s more important to take extra measures to stay safe.

We’ve highlighted some:

1. Opt for virtual meetings: Business must go on as usual and thankfully, the technology to make that happen is available. Replace physical meetings with virtual meetings, Zoom and Skype are your go-to for this

2. Stay home: It could get boring, we know, but getting the virus isn’t fun either. Thankfully, there’s cable TV; stay entertained, keep up with the news, and sleep.

3. Love from a distance: It’s not as easy as it sounds but it’s the most practical thing to do. If you miss a loved one and need to catch up with them, buy airtime and load data to stay in touch

4. Walk away from cash: No, we definitely don’t want you to lose any money. However, digital channels are your safest bet for sending/receiving money and making bill payments.

5. Postpone your vacation: Now isn’t the best time to go on any trip, whether for business or shopping. You can choose to shop online instead and receive money for that business through Western Union.

Symptoms of Coronavirus
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after…
– Fever
– Cough
– Shortness of breath

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Steps to protect yourself

Wash Your Hands: Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick: Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Steps to protect others

Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.

Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

Throw used tissues in the trash.

Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick
You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.

If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

We are positive we’ll rise above this pandemic. Please take care of yourselves and each other.

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