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A Travel Guide for the COVID-19 Control Train, post-Lockdown

May 4, 2020

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In the form of using base data, contemporary history and migration pattern of the pandemic as tools for analysis, an advice emerged earlier today for Governments and citizens alike, in a 4,041 words long essay authored by Mr. Fola Adeola, strong corporate player, Chairman, FATE Foundation and Coordinator, FATE Philanthropy Coalition for COVID-19.

He looks at the obviously unavoidable easing of a month-old lockdown and says although “we have not peaked, we have not plateaued, and our numbers remain on the rise. The first wave is still on course, but our numbers are sufficiently low to enable a cautious restarting of our economy to ensure survival”.

And then to the immediate future we can forecast.

“After all, we know that about 60 % to 70% of people who become infected will have mild or no symptoms. That even of those who develop moderate to severe disease, 65% to 75%will live. COVID-19 is not a death sentence, but it spreads easily and rapidly, and disease progression in the vulnerable, moves with a speed that makes the simultaneous treatment of many patients, literally a losing race against time. So the better we get at reducing the number of people who are infected at any one time, the more likely we are to be able to reduce the number of deaths in Nigeria; and the more likely we are to benefit from the greater body of knowledge and treatment protocols that are being developed worldwide.”

He invests considerable attention on saying what we should be doing and why we should be doing them in a manner that suggests he believes, just as I do, that some folks who are currently in leadership positions are listening.

The essay is titled All Aboard…! Steering Nigeria’s COVID-19 Action Train and it is at
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/05/all-aboard-steering-nigerias-covid-19-action-train/

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