Coronavirus’ Comedy and Tragedy
ElevateNews takes a look at the tragedy and the attendant comedy that follow the outbreak of COVID 19 as a carrier was detected in Nigeria.
Thousands have died in China where Coronavirus was initially bred. Thousands have also been cured of the disease that is now moving from one country to another.
It entered Africa through Egypt and by last week an Italian exported it to Nigeria via Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
The Italian later travelled to Ewekoro in Ogun State and retuned to Banana Island, Lagos for a brief stay.
He fell sick on his return to Ewekoro where he had a meeting with some corporate executives.
He was quickly referred to Lagos Hospital and subsequently taken to Virological Laboratory in Yaba.
The doctor said that the Italian was responding to treatment while about 39 people who had contact with him had since been isolated.
And for those who had no contact with the Italo, they have embraced the comedy that came with the coronavirus.
The comedy has come with mask and various headcovers and wares made of nylon. Photos of Nigerians dress like masquerades now fly on social media platforms.
Corporate offices now store their desks with hand sanitizers while friends have since stopped shaking hands.
When he visited Lagos to see the Italian who brought the virus to Nigeria, the Minister of Health Professor Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire and the Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr Femi Hamzat greeted with their legs.
COVID 19 is a tragedy to the human race and could be more devastating than war, which will always require weapons and ammunition.
A carrier of the virus is not just a moving corpse, he is a potential killer. His next victim could be his most loved ones.
Coronavirus is contagious through handshake and breath of an infected person. It is airborne.
That is why Nigerians have now preferred to greet themselves by mere waving their hands at a distance.
Instead of shaking hands, they “chop Knuckle” and throw banters over the messenger of death, coronavirus.
I do not have any doubt that Nigeria government can contain this disease but not at a level the developed countries will do.
But in our weakness, we have solace in God to protect us from deadly diseases. “God forbid’, this is our common language, even when the government has failed to be proactive.
It was gathered that our airport authorities could not produce the manifest of those who boarded the same plane with the Italian man.
This implies that there are still hundreds of people who had had contact with the Italian that are yet to be quarantined.
In his message to mark his 78 birthday on Monday, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God rebuked coronavirus.