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Health / Re: Coronavirus: Nigeria Shuts Two Isolation Centres Due To Lack Of Patients by Gray123: 4:25am
It seems that we are not far from being completely open, and people's lives will also be on the right track. I don't envy those countries that opened up early. They don't care about the epidemic, so the epidemic is still raging today.
Health / Coronavirus: Nigeria Shuts Two Isolation Centres Due To Lack Of Patients by Gray123: 4:24am
Authorities in Abuja have shut two of the four isolation centres that cater for coronavirus patients in the Nigerian capital.

COVID-19 isolation centres located inside Karu and Asokoro general hospitals are now closed following the reduction in the number of patients.

Only the treatment centres in Idu and THISDAY Dome will now hold COVID-19 patients in Abuja.

There has been a significant reduction in the number of daily infections across Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

For about a month, the West African nation has been recording daily figures below 300, an indication that the country is heading for a plateau in its epidemiological curve.
Health authorities, however, warn against relaxing, as low testing is still being witnessed across the country.

“One critical issue is the number of tests being done, and yes the number of tests has actually declined,” the director-general of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, said at a Presidential TaskForce on COVID-19 briefing.

There has also an increase in the number of patients being discharged across isolation facilities in the country.

Nigeria has recorded over 58,000 cases leading to the death of over 1,100 people. Meanwhile, about 49,000 of the infected total have fully recovered after receiving treatment.
Health / Current Vaccine Safety Is Controversial by Gray123: 4:13am On Sep 24
“Opinion polls have found that Americans are increasingly wary of receiving coronavirus vaccines. Scientists inside and outside the government worry that, under pressure from the president, regulators may release unproven or unsafe vaccines before election day on November 3.”
God, the vaccine may be disturbed by the election! Can such a US president and US government still occupy a moral high?
For us, we hope to continue to see the scientific choices made by our government. This is really important.
Health / Nigerian Doctor Named One Of Time's Most Influential People In The World by Gray123: 4:04am On Sep 24
TIME was selected as the 2020 TIME100 by Tunji Funsho, a Nigerian doctor, and the magazine is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. This is good news and can stimulate the continued development of medical care in our country. If we encounter this kind of pandemic again, we can do better than some developed countries.
Health / Face It Before Solving by Gray123: 4:15am On Sep 22
Different news media in the United States track Covid-19 deaths slightly differently. For example, the Washington Post and NBC News have reported that the 200,000 milestone has been reached. Many other national/regional media, including CNN, cited the Johns Hopkins University database, which currently lists 199,481 deaths in the United States. This shows that the United States does not pay attention to Covid-19. I think the first thing to face a problem is to face it squarely before finding a solution.
Travel / Other US Visa Categories Restricted by Gray123: 4:25am On Sep 21
The latest round of sanctions could see Nigerians hit with even tighter restrictions and greater scrutiny on US B1 business visit visas, B2 holiday visit visas, L1 intra-company transfer visas, H1B specialty occupation visas, E2 Treaty Investor visas, E1 Treaty Trader visas and other types of US visa.
However, Trump’s continued ‘targeting’ of Nigerians has drawn criticism, with many arguing that it’s causing fear and generating fake news. Nigeria has become a target of Trump visa restrictions mainly because Nigerians have a high US visa overstay rate.
Under the Trump administration, thousands of Nigerians have reported that access to US visas is harder than ever. Many claim that their US visa applications are often rejected, which dissuades them from applying again… at least until Trump is no longer President.
The latest visa restrictions on Nigerians come as huge blow, given that back in February US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said he was ‘optimistic’ that the US could lift existing restrictions imposed on the African nation. However, the latest State Department announcement has seemingly quashed hope that restrictions will be lifted any time soon.
Politics / US Places Travel Restrictions On Nigerians Involved In Violence And Rigging Duri by Gray123: 4:37am On Sep 16
(CNN)The US government has placed travel restrictions on Nigerians who undermine "democratic process or organize election-related violence" during elections.
This latest move follows a decision in January 2019 to deny visas to individuals involved in electoral violence.
Last year travel restrictions were also placed on individuals who were involved in corruption and electoral violence during the country's general elections in February - March 2019.
The lastest visa restrictions affect "individuals have so far operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles," Morgan Ortagus, a US State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement announcing the restrictions Monday.
"We condemn the acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption that harmed Nigerians and undermined the democratic process."
It listed four states in Nigeria as harboring violators.
The visa restrictions will only affect "certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people," the report says. However, the individuals affected were not named.
It stated that the US government wants to help Nigeria "end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights.""
Nigeria's general elections and parliamentary elections, held between March and April 2019, were marred by violence, vote-buying and rigging.
More than 620 people died of violence during the 2019 elections cycle, according to a report from SBM Intelligence, one of Nigeria's leading analysis platforms.
This violence weakens voter confidence in the government and scares away Nigerians from participating in elections, says Lagos based public affairs analyst Samuel Ibemere.
"Nigeria has had leaders who do not care about the consequences of their actions or being accountable to the people. The US is sending the message that there is now a Big Brother is watching their actions. The country has had the politicians who subdue the will of the people during votes. It is a problem that has been here for a long time," says Samuel.
Nigeria will go to the polls once more on September 19 to elect the governor of Edo state, one of the states included in the US visa ban.
The rhetoric of the top candidates from the country's leading political parties have been tough and tense.
The country's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) warns that the tensions could lead to a state of emergency.
Local authorities have organized peace meetings between the leading politicians in the state to ease rising tensions, according to local media reports.
Many voters have withdrawn from the polls for fear of violence, a recent survey has shown.
Samuel says he expects the US ban to change the political culture of violence in Nigeria, as well as other African countries because of Nigeria's strategic influence in the region.
"Nigeria is Africa's largest democracy and the US is trying to set it up as a model that other African countries can copy. If Nigeria works well, the rest of Africa might just follow," he said.
Health / We Are In A Global Public Health Emergency by Gray123: 8:29am On Sep 13
We are in a global public health emergency, which has had a negative impact on all aspects of our lives, including the economy and government finances. The health and survival of our country are very important. We should avoid any action that will weaken the results of the containment of the pandemic.
Health / Covid-19 Live Updates by Gray123: 8:21am On Sep 13
AstraZeneca’s vaccine trials resume in Britain after a safety review. Canada reported zero deaths linked to Covid-19 in a 24-hour period.
RIGHT NOWThe United States has reported more than 6.5 million cases, nearly two million more than India, which has the second-highest number of cases globally.
Trump appointees at the Health and Human Services Department have meddled in the C.D.C.’s weekly disease reports.
Political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services have repeatedly asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to revise, delay and even scuttle reports on the coronavirus that they believed were unflattering to President Trump.
Current and former senior health officials with direct knowledge of phone calls, emails and other communication between the agencies confirmed on Saturday a report in Politico late Friday that the C.D.C.’s public Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports have been targeted by senior officials in the Health and Human Services’ communications office.
The reports, which one former top health official called the “holiest of the holy” in agency literature, are written largely for scientists and public health experts, to update them on trends in infectious diseases, not only the coronavirus but also other outbreaks around the country. They are guarded so closely by agency staff members that political appointees only see them just before they are published.
The reports became the subject of intense scrutiny this summer by Michael Caputo, a Republican political operative and former Trump campaign official the White House installed as the top spokesman at the department in April, despite his having no background in health.
Mr. Caputo himself said on Saturday the Politico’s report was largely accurate, but he denied that there was any overt pressure involved. He said that the primary person involved in critiquing the reports, Paul Alexander, an assistant professor of health research at McMaster University in Canada whom he hired to advise him on the science of the pandemic, simply offered direct reactions to the drafts of the C.D.C.’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports.
“He digs into these M.M.W.R.s and makes his position known, and his position isn’t popular with the career scientists sometimes,” Mr. Caputo said of Mr. Alexander. “That’s called science. Disagreement is science. Nobody has been ever ordered to do anything. Some changes have been accepted, most have been rejected. It’s my understanding that that’s how science is played.”
In emails obtained by Politico and confirmed to The Times by a health official with direct knowledge of them, Mr. Alexander accused C.D.C. scientists of trying to “hurt the president,” referring to the weekly reports as “hit pieces on the administration.” Mr. Alexander asked Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the C.D.C. director, to edit reports that had already been published, which he believed overstated the risks of the virus for children and undermined the administration’s efforts to encourage school reopenings.
The meddling from Washington concerned Dr. Redfield, according to one former senior health official, who often pushed back when Mr. Caputo called to pester him about the reports.
Inside the C.D.C., employees expressed outrage and demoralization on Saturday over the reports of interference.
Health / Why Canada Flattened The Curve -- And The US Didn't by Gray123: 4:24am On Sep 11
(CNN)It seems an awfully long time since Canadians were last lectured by the state on sexual behavior. Just as folks were headed out for Labor Day long weekend frolicking, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, warned fellow citizens to wear a mask while having sex and to avoid kissing people in order to prevent passing along a Covid-19 infection.
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Tam, who also serves on a World Health Organization (WHO) international oversight committee, said "sex can be complicated" during the pandemic and that the lowest risk sexual activity during Covid-19 involves "yourself alone."
The stern warning -- echoed again on Tuesday by Dr. Tam amid reports people are holding large gatherings -- "What we don't want is this virus getting into a setting where there is a high degree of transmission, sometimes called super-spreading events. Those are crowded, enclosed places where people are gathering where they're not observing public health measures or where we have to help them adjust their protocols to better manage," she said.
"The most difficult part is private functions, family gatherings, where we need to make sure we support persons in this country to know what to do to minimize the risk."
Her admonitions come as Canadians start to send their children back to school and prepare for a further reopening of the economy. With fears of an uptick in numbers -- the daily case count in British Columbia surged to 121 on Friday from 80 in early June -- Canadian officials are turning up the heat and warning of rollbacks on openings if people don't heed the rules.
The coordinated, blunt and direct public health messaging and parental-like warnings are in stark contrast to United States, where Covid-19 cases per capita are more than five times what they are in Canada.
Perhaps mindful of the need to speak directly to young Canadians as pandemic fatigue sets in and a more cavalier attitude takes hold, Tam didn't mince words -- even if it meant breaking our national taboos. In fact, it was exactly the type of blunt and direct public health messaging that is absent in the US, but which has helped to crush the curve north of the border.
Trump may reach a new milestone by Election Day
Trump may reach a new milestone by Election Day
"We need to do better with risk communication here in the United States. We know this virus affects every facet of our life -- from what happens in the bedroom to the kitchen table to our social gatherings," Dr. Syra Madad, senior director of special pathogens at NYC Health and Hospitals, told me. "If you treat this as a taboo topic or preach for abstinence that's not going to work."
Huge contrasts in numbers
As of Labor Day Monday, the US had the highest number of cases and deaths in the world (over 6.3 million and almost 190,000 respectively). And, in terms of the average number of new infections per day, the US is in worse shape now than over Memorial Day weekend, when there were fewer than 20,000 new cases per day compared to over 50,000 new cases on Friday. Currently, new cases were trending up in 14 US states, 14 were holding steady and 23 reporting lower case counts (including the District of Columbia).
Contrast that to Canada, where the daily Covid-19 case count is less than one-quarter of what it was at its peak on May 3 (1571 vs 247 as of Monday).
This is not to say we haven't had our blind spots: Neglect in long-term care homes, especially in Quebec where more than half of all deaths occurred in such facilities, was deemed a national shame and prompted a coroner's inquest.
There were also outbreaks at farms in southwest Ontario (close to Michigan), where migrant farmworkers are employed and work and live in close proximity
Why Canada?
The truth about 'herd immunity'
The truth about 'herd immunity'
There are a number of theories as to why Canada has managed to flatten the Covid-19 curve much better than the United States. One is that Canadians, who entered confederation with the motto "peace, order and good government" are much more compliant than our southern neighbors with their attachment to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" -- even if it means potentially killing others by refusing to wear masks in the name of freedom.
"A lot of Canadians are rule-followers. If you're at the bank and there's three tellers open everybody gets in line behind one teller and waits for their turn to be called. We are very, for the most part, rule followers -- especially in Ottawa," Sarah Chown, the managing partner of Metropolitan Brasserie in Ottawa and local chair of the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association, told me.
It can also be argued that the federal and provincial governments enabled Canadians to respect lockdowns and stay at home by offering unprecedented and generous financial aid from early on -- including up to C$2000 per month for Canadians out of work, as well as more time to pay taxes and mortgage payment deferrals, allowances for seniors, and wage subsidies for businesses -- all a far cry from the limited amounts offered south of the border. Even the media received a C$30 million handout from Ottawa in the form of forgiveness of broadcasting fees.
In all, the Covid-19 measures helped push the federal deficit to C$343.2 billion this year and the federal debt past the C$1 trillion mark for the first time, former federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in July.
And all that is on top of free public health care, including free testing.
"If compliance means personal or business bankruptcy, people will ignore orders such as lockdowns. I suspect that's part of the American Covid-19 story in certain regions," Canadian political analyst Yaroslav Baran told me.
The desperate 'pandemic' among US veterans
The desperate 'pandemic' among US veterans
From the get-go, Canada's federal and provincial leaders prioritized science over politics and spin, evangelizing the importance of wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing and proper hand hygiene, promises to support widespread testing and contact tracing backed by free downloadable Covid-19 exposure app. Even the recently concluded federal Conservative Party leadership race was held mostly online -- after going on for much longer than anticipated.
And with a possible federal election on the horizon, Elections Canada is prepping for a surge in demand for mail-in ballots, all without controversy.
A key but painful measure to stem possible Covid-19 contagion from the United States, the border was closed to all but essential travel on March 22. The closure has been extended to September 21 but expect pressure from the Trump Administration -- which is trying to project a return to normalcy -- to open the border ahead of the November elections.
Political Bromances
Unlike the US, where political divisiveness and legislative gridlock have become commonplace during the pandemic, some unusual political "bromances" have sprouted here in Canada, none more prominent than that between Ontario Premier Doug Ford of the Conservative Party and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland from the ruling federal Liberal party. Referring to his federal colleague with such glowing terms as "amazing," Ford seems to seize every opportunity to praise their newfound bonhomie.
Through daily, televised briefings -- often simulcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's national news channel -- the pandemic has also transformed the heretofore unknown provincial health officers into celebrities in their own right, with Dr. Bonnie Henry in British Columbia, gaining international notoriety with a flattering profile in The New York Times and a fan club on social media.
And throughout it all, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has remained front and center, filling the airwaves during the first months of the pandemic with daily briefings in a comforting Mr. Rogers tone of voice, assuring Canadians that "We're in this together" and that the government will be there for them, especially in terms of financial aid.
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It's been said that Canada has had no closer friend and ally than the United States. That sentiment was summed up in 1976 with a bicentennial gift book called Between Friends/Entre Amis. It was an eloquent acknowledgment of how much we have in common, including the longest undefended border in the world. Here on Vancouver Island, we breathe the same forest fire haze, share stewardship over the same endangered marine mammals and gaze at the same stars and aircraft contrails as our neighbors in northwest Washington state. Even the Stars and Stripes has pride of place in many spots alongside the Maple Leaf.
But with the United States being the Number One Covid-19 hot spot in the world, I cannot remember a time when we have been so thankful for being kept apart.
America -- entre amis -- get your act together so that so we can bring this Covid-19 estrangement to an end.
PAID CONTENTedictable, preventable catastrophe.
Health / The Us’s Covid-19 Epidemic Is Bad. But Just How Bad Is It? by Gray123: 4:07am On Sep 10
If the US had Canada’s Covid-19 death rate, 100,000 more Americans would likely be alive today

The US’s Covid-19 epidemic is bad. But just how bad is it?

Over at the New York Times, columnist David Leonhardt compared the US’s coronavirus death toll to that of the rest of the world. He noted the US accounts for about 4 percent of the world’s population but 22 percent of its confirmed Covid-19 deaths. So how many lives would be saved if those numbers were even? Leonhardt calculated: “about 145,000.”

Columnist Ross Douthat took issue with that approach. Arguing that “the patterns for Covid-19 fatalities often look more region-specific than country-specific,” he compared the US to a slew of countries in the Western Hemisphere, particularly in Latin America and parts of Europe. By that toll, the US doesn’t seem to do so badly, with a death rate close to that of Brazil, France, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

But Douthat’s list, despite calling for a regional comparison, doesn’t include Canada, arguably the country most similar to the US in the Western Hemisphere and one that’s done a much better job fighting the coronavirus than the US.

So that got me wondering: What would a more comprehensive comparison look like? What would the US death toll be like if the country had the same rate of Covid-19 deaths as some other wealthy nations, accounting for population differences?

The results, based on Our World in Data, are staggering:

If the US had the same death rate as the European Union overall, nearly 84,000 Americans wouldn’t have died from Covid-19 (out of the nearly 190,000 who have died so far).
If the US had the same death rate as Canada, nearly 109,000 Americans wouldn’t have died from Covid-19.
If the US had the same death rate as Germany, more than 152,000 Americans wouldn’t have died from Covid-19.
If the US had the same death rate as Australia, more than 179,000 Americans wouldn’t have died from Covid-19.
If the US had the same death rate as Japan, more than 185,000 Americans wouldn’t have died from Covid-19.

Our World in Data
The US doesn’t do worse than every other developed nation. San Marino, Belgium, Spain, the UK, Italy, and Sweden all report worse death rates. But the US has been catching up to the latter four recently, and they comprise only a handful of the three dozen developed nations in the world.

The comparisons here aren’t perfect. There are other factors, like higher rates of preexisting medical conditions, that would have likely led the US to suffer more Covid-19 deaths, all else held equal. But that wouldn’t explain why the US has reported multiple times the cases — more than four times the EU, more than five times Canada, and more than 18 times Australia — and, as the list above demonstrates, multiple times the deaths.

In his op-ed, Douthat argues that his comparisons suggest Donald Trump is a merely mediocre president. Taking the steps to stop Covid-19, he wrote, “would have probably required presidential greatness, not merely replacement-level competence. We can say without a doubt that Trump whiffed when this call for greatness came. But distinguishing between Trump’s incompetence and what an average president might have managed is harder, so long as so many peer-country death tolls look like ours.”

But peer-country death tolls really don’t look like ours. The US is doing about seven times worse than the median developed country, ranking in the bottom 20 percent for Covid-19 deaths among wealthy nations. Tens of thousands of lives have been lost as a result.

And a lot of this is on Trump. As cases climbed in the US, the president abdicated problems with testing to local, state, and private actors; pushed states to reopen way too early to supposedly “LIBERATE” their economies; spoke negatively about masks while refusing to wear one himself; and backed unproven and even dangerous approaches to treating Covid-19, including injecting bleach. Each of these failures compounded and led to the current US death toll — and local and state governments, as hard as some tried, simply don’t have the resources to fight a pandemic on their own.

Compare that to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, or Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. These are leaders all over the political spectrum, but they took the pandemic seriously — building up testing, advocating for mask-wearing, encouraging social distancing, or all of the above. And their countries are much better off.

There’s still time for things to go a different way. Maybe the US will somehow get its act together, avoiding another wave of infections and deaths. Maybe other developed countries will see massive second waves similar to America’s. (Spain and France, after relaxing social distancing and going easy on masking, already are.)

But for now, the US has suffered a much worse Covid-19 outbreak and death toll than all but a handful of its developed peers. It’s a predictable, preventable catastrophe.
Health / Ways To Successfully Respond To The Pandemic by Gray123: 4:19am On Sep 07
To successfully respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, first of all, the country needs to formulate correct epidemic prevention policies and measures, and secondly, the public's compliance and implementation. Only in this way can we maintain national security from the threat of COVID-19, otherwise even as powerful as the United States will fall into chaos.
Health / Nigeria’s COVID-19 Curve Is Flattening At A Rapid Pace by Gray123: 3:50am On Sep 01
The COVID-19 pandemic curve is rapidly flattening at an incredibly fast pace in the last few days. This follows several measures implemented by the government such as wearing a face mask, social distancing, and lockdown procedures, which are slowing down the spread of the pandemic in the country.

The latest data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced on Sunday reveals 138 new cases of Covid-19 was confirmed in Nigeria, which is the lowest daily number recorded since April 27th. It was 250 the day before and 160 on Friday. In total Nigeria has a total tally of 53,865.

A look at the time series shows that the curve started bending consistently in August after enduring three months of significant increases since May which dragged till the later part of the month of August. Month to date August has registered a daily average of just 357 one of the lowest and just lower than 150 days (between April 1 and August 29 2020) average of 359 cases.

The latest COVID-19 situation report shows that over 34,199 (64%) of the recorded cases were male while 19,528 (36%) females have been affected so far. Also, the most affected age group is between 31 and 40 years of age. Only 1% of the recorded cases have travel history, 24% got infected through contact with infected persons while 75% got infected through unknown exposure.

So far, 41,513 patients have been discharged since the pandemic, indicating a recovery rate of 77.1%, 11,339 patients remain under observation while 1,013 (1.88%) deaths have been recorded.

It appears that the policies of the government are working as health experts have often cited wearing facemasks and limited movements as one of the most effective ways of containing the spread of the virus. Recall that the President, Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movement in Lagos and the Federal Capital (Abuja) for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from March 30th, 2020, and later extended by an additional two-weeks period.

While Nigerians were restricted to the four walls of their homes, mandatory use of face masks and adoption of social distancing was strictly enforced in the country during this period with many organisations switching to remote working.

Furthermore, on April 27th, 2020, the President partially put on hold the movement restriction with only a few businesses allowed to commence operations from May 4th. It came along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020.

Alongside the measures that have been taken by the federal and various state governments, most organisations also carried out a number of sensitization programmes to enlighten the public about the symptoms of the disease and how it can be prevented. A move, which is reflective of the new trend in the number of confirmed cases in the country.

But while it appears the curve is flattening, there are also reports of underreported cases. A recent Nairametrics research suggests some people have fallen ill with symptoms of Covid-19 but did not bother to go for testing.

Why this matters: The steady decline in the number of confirmed cases recorded in Nigeria suggests the government’s policy on facemasks, lockdowns, and curfews appear to have contained the spread of the virus. This matters immensely for the economy especially as the government reopens the airspace for international flight operations and businesses consider resuming full operations.

Also, the quicker the curve flattens, the more optimistic it is for the economy to recover faster than expected. The Nigerian economy contracted by 6.1% in the second quarter of the year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and halt in most aspects of the economy. Resuming full economic activities might not help the country avoid a recession but could quicken the recovery process.

This shows that strong government measures can better curb the epidemic, and wearing a mask is also one of the most effective ways to curb the spread of the virus. I think those European countries with chaotic policies should learn from us.
Health / Re: Schools To Reopen In Nigeria's Lagos As COVID-19 Cases Decline by Gray123: 4:51am On Aug 31
The school has finally reopened, but the protective measures we should take must continue. Don't be like some European countries, because the opening of schools has led to a surge in epidemic cases.
Health / Schools To Reopen In Nigeria's Lagos As COVID-19 Cases Decline by Gray123: 4:50am On Aug 31
ABUJA (Reuters) - Schools will reopen in Nigeria’s commercial hub of Lagos next month as part of plans to revive the economy as COVID-19 cases decline, the state governor said on Saturday.

Lagos, the epicentre of the pandemic in Nigeria, plans to reopen colleges on Sept. 14, and primary and secondary schools on Sept. 21, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said.

“The gradual easing doesn’t mean the pandemic is over,” he said in a tweet. “It is not an invitation to carelessness or nonchalance.”

The Lagos governor said restaurants, social clubs and recreational centers would also be allowed to reopen as long as they followed safety rules.

Nigeria has reported 53,727 infections in total - including 18,104 in Lagos - and 1,011 deaths.

The West African nation has been opening up gradually.

It aims to resume international flights in September after domestic flights restarted last month and a ban on interstate travel was lifted.

Secondary schools reopened across Nigeria this month for pupils due to take graduation exams.
Health / If More Americans Wore Masks by Gray123: 4:01am On Aug 24
Another 134,000 people could die in the US from Covid-19 by December if no further safety measures are mandated -- and the actual number probably would be much worse if mandates are relaxed, researchers say.
The projection by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation comes with a silver lining: About 70,000 of those lives would be saved if many more Americans wore masks, the institute's leader said.
"It really depends on what our leaders do, (both) as individuals, and what governments do," the IHME's chief, Dr. Chris Murray, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Friday night.
At least 176,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the US since the pandemic began, and more than 5.6 million have been infected, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
IHME projected that if nothing about the nation's approach to prevention changed, death rates would dip in September but rise later in the fall, and the total would reach about 310,000 by December 1.
But changes in behavior would affect the projection, he said:
• If governments ease current social distancing restrictions and mask mandates, daily death rates could reach 6,000 daily by December, up from his current prediction of 2,000 daily, Murray said.
• On the other hand, if significantly more people wore masks, the projection of total deaths from now to December would drop by almost 70,000, he said. About 95% of the US population would have to wear masks for that to happen, he said.
Coronavirus case rates have been dropping for weeks in parts of the US, but death rates have been relatively elevated.
The country's seven-day average for daily coronavirus deaths was 987 on Friday -- the first time in more than three weeks that it dipped below 1,000, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Daily US cases over the past week averaged about 44,100 as of Friday, down from a peak average of 67,317 on July 22, John Hopkins data show.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield said earlier this week he expects deaths to begin declining by next week as a result of continued mitigation measures.

From the successful examples of various countries, wearing masks has an obvious effect on the epidemic situation. But masks are still not popular in the United States. I think that for the sake of people's life safety, the state should issue corresponding rules and regulations.
Health / Avoid Disaster By Keeping The Border Closed by Gray123: 4:19am On Aug 23
If you've been living through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic for as long as the United States has, you might be pretty envious of the comparative calm just across the border in Canada.

Indeed, some Americans have even gone so far as to sneak into their northern neighbour, despite a border ban that's been in place since the pandemic began.

Many of them have been exploiting what has become known as the "Alaska loophole".

In March, Canada closed its borders to all foreign nationals.

But those who discovered the loophole have reportedly been telling authorities they're only passing through Canada on their way to the US state of Alaska.

Back in June for example, seven Americans were fined for illegally crossing into Canada to go on a hike.

Foreigners are also apparently arriving by sea, either on sailboats or luxury yachts.

It wasn't until the end of July that the border authority attempted to close the loophole, announcing that travellers heading to Alaska would need to take the most direct route to their destination.

"The border isn't actually fully closed, it's just closed to 'non-essential travel', which nobody has firmly defined," Colin Furness, an epidemiologist and professor at the University of Toronto, told the ABC.

"There are still something like 200,000 people crossing the border into Canada every week from the US. I wish that number was much lower, because people have to self-quarantine and our resources to enforce [and] monitor that are pretty weak."

Amid reports that this might be happening and that some Canadians were beginning to act out against American vehicles, premier of British Columbia John Horgan reminded Canadians to "be calm, be kind" at the end of July.

Closing the border is not a good way, but it is estimated that Canada has no better way. After all, the epidemic in the United States is so serious. In this regard, we should also be vigilant.
Health / Leaders Need To Lead The People by Gray123: 4:41am On Aug 21
Abuja — Fear-stricken management and officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will today undergo Covid-19 pandemic tests at its Sunday Dankaro House secretariat inside the National Stadium Complex in Abuja.

The compulsory test for all the staff of the football house is a follow up to the positive Covid-19 result of the Director of Finance of the NFF, Charity Kadiri.

General Secretary of the Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi in his address to Management and Staff on Wednesday said: "Apart from him testing positive, I also had issues and had to go for tests when I was feeling ill and uncomfortable. But the truth is most of us have had contact with one another over the days, thus it is important we do the tests.

"I want to appreciate the Federal Government immensely for the efforts so far to contain the pandemic, and also officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control for agreeing to come to the NFF offices to conduct the tests. After the tests, the offices and the entire complex will be disinfected in line with the protocols of the Covid-19," stated Dr. Sanusi.

Sanusi also disclosed that after the tests, the offices would be closed for the disinfection process, while Management and Staff will work from home. Once the results are out, those who tested negative will immediately resume work in the Secretariat while anyone who tests positive will be required to self-isolate for the period stipulated in the Covid-19 protocols by the Federal Government.

The leadership of the country is very important in the face of a pandemic. Our country is doing very well in this regard. We are not like some countries because the leaders do not care and do not give the people a good lead, so the harm of the epidemic has become huge and beyond control.
Health / Nigeria Set To Resume Int'l Flights by Gray123: 3:48am On Aug 19
Nigerian authorities announced the resumption of international flights after more than four-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic that has infected nearly 49,500 people in the West African country.

Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika said late Monday that the international flights will resume on Aug. 29, “beginning with Lagos and Abuja as we did with the domestic flight resumption.”

Sirika said international flight passengers must take a COVID-19 test wherever they are coming from very close to departure dates.

“A portal will also be opened for passengers to pay for another COVID-19 test to be done eight days after arrival in Nigeria,” he added.

“They will also fill in health questionnaires online, and hand them in at the point of entry, instead of filling the forms on the aircraft or on arrival,” Sirika said.

He said coronavirus preventive measures such as physical distancing, wearing of nose masks, washing of hands, and temperature checks will remain in place.

With a population of nearly 200 million, Nigeria has confirmed 49,485 coronavirus cases, with 977 deaths and 36,834 recoveries, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The NCDC said a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities.

Nigeria resumed domestic flight operations in early July.

The flights resumed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the capital Abuja and Murtala Muhammed Domestic Terminal in the commercial city of Lagos.

Go ahead, Nigeria! Let us welcome more good news! I also remind everyone that the necessary protection must be done, not to mention the common sense issue of whether to wear a mask or not, as in some other countries.
Nairaland / General / Unemployment Data by Gray123: 4:55am On Aug 17
The number of unemployed people in Nigeria has spiked to 21.8 million following the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the private sector.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) put the figure of unemployed Nigerians at 21,764,617 as at the end of June as the country’s covid-19 cases almost hit 50,000.
Many private firms have rationalised their workforce and service industries have given up their sprawling office spaces and directed staff to work from home.
The statistics on the employment situation are contained in NBS’ Labour Force Statistics website, entitled “Unemployment and Underemployment Report (Q2 2020)’’ released in Abuja on August 15.
It referred to the report as an Abridged Labour Force Survey under Covid-19 for August 2020.

The data shows that my country has been severely affected by the new crown epidemic. Of course, if we compare this data with other countries, our situation should be controllable. This also shows that we must earnestly learn from the lessons of countries with severe epidemics, and we should not become the next United States, Brazil, India or other severely affected countries.
Health / One News by Gray123: 4:02am On Aug 14
Pandemic letter from America: how the US handling of COVID-19 provides the starkest warning for us all

Health / Latest Data From The WHO by Gray123: 4:11am On Aug 12
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently stated that more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19 are being reported daily across the Americas, which encompasses North, South and Central America. Out of all of the 100,000 infections being reported by several countries that more than half of them are coming from the United States.

This should make us vigilant. Epidemic prevention is more useful than imagined. Looking at the current situation in the United States, we should take a warning.
Health / Italy Is Now A Role Model For The United States by Gray123: 4:38am On Aug 10
Confirmed coronavirus cases in the US hit 5 million on Sunday – a bleak milestone met with astonishment and alarm in Europe.

Perhaps nowhere outside the US is America’s bungled virus response viewed with more consternation than in Italy, which was ground zero of Europe's epidemic.

Italians were unprepared when the outbreak exploded in February, and the country still has one of the world’s highest official death tolls at 35,000.

After a strict nationwide, 10-week lockdown, vigilant tracing of new clusters and general acceptance of masks and social distancing, Italy has become a model of virus containment.

The difference of a thought determines the follow-up development, and the United States has tasted the consequences of their misjudgment.
Health / Health System Is Important by Gray123: 3:55am On Aug 07
This outbreak has revealed the weaknesses of the US in its healthcare methods. The US should learn from other countries how to strengthen the health system.

Americans are faring much worse mentally and financially during the COVID-19 pandemic than citizens of other high-income countries around the world, according to an international analysis.

One-third of U.S. adults say they've experienced unbearable stress, anxiety and sadness during the pandemic and more than 30% have faced economic hardships, the Commonwealth Fund report revealed.

"Data from our research demonstrates that U.S. adults, when compared to people in eight other high-income countries, face greater mental health and financial consequences from the COVID-19 pandemic," said Reginald Williams II, a vice president at Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that studies health care issues. "It is also notable that few U.S. adults believe that national leadership has done a good job of managing the pandemic when compared to other countries."

Only one-third of Americans said President Donald Trump has done a "very good" or "good" job in handling COVID-19 -- a lack of faith in government not shared by most people in other developed nations, the survey found.

"It's no secret that at a time when countries around the world are reopening, ours is still struggling to return to work and daily life," said Dr. David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund.

"As the number of confirmed COVID cases and deaths in the U.S. continue to climb, we need to start implementing public health measures that we know work, like mask-wearing, social distancing, and robust testing and tracing that can help us stop the spread of COVID-19 as so many others have effectively accomplished," he said.

The Commonwealth Fund has been comparing health systems around the world for decades, but the COVID-19 pandemic presents a rare instance in which every nation surveyed is facing the same crisis at the same time, Blumenthal said.

Between March and May, the organization interviewed more than 8,200 adults in nationally representative samples from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Health / To Be Or Not To Be,that's A Question. by Gray123: 8:39am On Aug 02
Health experts on Saturday continued to urge communities to use caution and planning when considering whether to send students back to school, after the US got its first glimpse this week at how Covid-19 could reshape education.
"We have to ask the question, are we willing to live with the end result of the inevitable situation where teachers are going to become infected?" asked Dr. Michael Saag, associate dean for Global Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
"Are we willing to live with those consequences?" he said. "Because I think that's what we're going to see in about three months from now, unfortunately, with the rates of infection that we have."
I hope that when it comes to whether schools are open or not, less consideration should be given to electoral factors and more scientific judgments should be made.
Health / Why Still No Progress by Gray123: 4:54am On Jul 30
Time has passed so long. Why does the solution to the pandemic still look like nowhere?

Health / The Safeguards Are Useful by Gray123: 4:26am On Jul 29
If you look at what's going on in Europe and the United States, you'll see that all the safeguards we've taken are useful.

Health / Need To Be More Vigilant by Gray123: 4:34am On Jul 27
This is a new development of the epidemic situation in the United States that is worthy of our attention. Compared with our country, our medical service has a gap, so we should be more vigilant.

Health / Flying Blind by Gray123: 4:27am On Jul 23
The virus has no national boundaries. If a country does not control it, all countries will not be safe. The United States, which has the most advanced medical treatment, has the situation of incomplete epidemic data, which is worrying.

As the coronavirus continues to tear through the U.S. with more than 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Tuesday alone, most states are falling short in reporting critical information needed to track and curb the spread of COVID-19, according to an analysis released Tuesday.

The report released by Resolve to Save Lives, a nonprofit led by former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Tom Frieden and part of the global health organization Vital Strategies, claims to be the first comprehensive review of COVID-19 data in all 50 states.

The analysis argues that incomplete and inconsistent COVID-19 data from states, along with the absence of national leadership, is behind the U.S.'s poor response to the pandemic.

The report claims that across the U.S., only 40 percent of essential data points are being monitored and reported publicly, while more than half of essential information is not reported at all.

According to the report, not a single state reported turnaround time for testing, how quickly patients are isolated, or the proportion of cases diagnosed among individuals who were exposed to a COVID-19 patient. Only two states publish data on how quickly contact tracers are able to interview people testing positive to learn about their potential contacts. The report’s authors say these indicators are essential to track and respond to the virus.

“States around the country have done good work. They’ve been doing the challenging, hard, meticulous job of collecting, analyzing and presenting crucial information,” Frieden said during a news briefing Tuesday.

“But because of the lack of national leadership, we don’t have common standards, definitions, targets or accountability,” he said.

Frieden said as a result the U.S is “flying blind” in its effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Resolve to Save Lives, along with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, are recommending states and counties report 15 indicators they say are essential for an effective response to the outbreak.

The indicators include more data on confirmed and probable cases, percentage of new cases linked to known cases, testing and contact tracing performance indicators and others. Every state and county should be able to collect and publish nine of the indicators immediately and the others within a few weeks, according to the report.

The CDC says it is already tracking, or has plans to track, 14 of the 15 indicators recommended, according to The Washington Post.

“CDC is always looking at best practices for ways to enhance, consolidate and report data, to make it easier for states and the public to access,” the CDC said in a statement to the Post.

Meanwhile, Michael R. Caputo, assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), pushed back against the report’s criticism of the U.S. response.

“While Frieden scrambles for relevance, the team at CDC under Dr. [Robert] Redfield’s leadership has already accomplished the very things Frieden calls for. We’re providing open and transparent data to scientists, researchers, and the public on a level Frieden never accomplished gathering data by fax,” Caputo said according to The Washington Post.

The U.S. continues to lead the world in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths, with more than 3.9 million cases and more than 142,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Health / Something Important by Gray123: 10:38am On Jul 19
Nothing in the world is more important than life.

Health / Mask by Gray123: 9:22am On Jul 18
Wearing masks is essential. Don't create new cases.

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