25 Mar 2020

Death From COVID-19: Italy v. Germany Experience – A Lesson for Nigeria.

A lot of old people have died from Covid-19 in Italy and Spain than in Germany and other European countries. Some experts have investigated the situation to determine why it is so. Their study shows as follows.
              In Italy, old people live with their families.
· In Germany, old people live on their own.
· Young people go to nightclubs, pubs, etc. where they contract the virus.
· In Italy, young people return home to infect their grandpas and grandmas living with them.
· In Germany, young people from clubs, pubs, etc won’t be going home to their grannies, thus the grannies are safe to an extent.

In Britain, which has similar family lifestyle like Germany, the British PM (Boris Johnson) warned Britons not to visit their old parents this past mothering Sunday.

However, in the circumstance that people live with their parents, precaution takes precedent. For instance, a British nurse, who was living with her mother in-law in their family home, rented a temporary accommodation as a precaution.

Now, in Nigeria, people live with their old parents like in Italy and Spain. If you follow Italy’s situation, that’s what is likely to happen in Nigeria. Young people are going to bring the virus back home that will eventually attack their grannies.

Old people and everyone that has existing medical condition are at risk. Therefore, what are the plans to safeguard these people? As usual; none.

Instead, the ‘poor masses’ are busy on social media mocking politicians for not building hospitals. This is not the time for post-mortem - why politicians didn’t build hospitals, this is the time to save lives, especially, the lives of your old parents at home.

The time you spent on mocking politicians, use it to educate the people. Let them know that healthy young people will contract covid-19 without showing the symptoms. And since they are unaware that they have the virus, they will quickly spread it to their old parents/grannies at home.

It is not everybody that contracted the virus that will require treatment or ventilator. But if your situation deteriorates, seek medical help. Prince Charles has been diagnosed with covid-19, he is not in any hospital, but in isolation at his home.

There’s self-isolation because after 14 days in isolation, if the disease didn’t progress, you become immune to it and cannot infect another person. Covid-19 is not a death sentence but may be for your old folks. They need your protection now.

Unfortunately, Nigeria is not following other countries’ methods of battling Covid-19. Perhaps, because Nigerian leaders who are supposed to lead have all contracted Covid-19 and are in isolation.

*liberate your mind*