Ever since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Bill Gates has taken active steps to prevent the spread of the disease and inform the world about the details and dangers of the novelty virus. Recently, he made some comments regarding the COVID-19 situation in Nigeria, and here is everything you need to know.
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Considering the land size and the size of the population of Nigeria, the current coronavirus situation may be surprising to both outside spectators and Nigerian themselves. With only a little more than 1,000 coronavirus cases per just a little under 200 million citizens, the rate of infected patients in Nigeria is certainly low.
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Over the past few months, people have made different assumptions on why the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria is slower than expected. The most popular theory was the lack of testing facilities and test themselves, as well as the fact that quality medical assistance was not available to many Nigerians living in remote and rural areas.
Last week, the billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates published an essay called “Innovation vs. The Coronavirus” on his website. In the essay, the founder of Microsoft shared his thoughts on the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the possible steps the world needs to take in order to combat the virus.
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When talking about the situation with the coronavirus in different parts of the globe, Gates mentioned Nigeria and India as developing countries with large populations that account for only a small part of the COVID-19 cases worldwide. Bill Gates said that he hoped the weather conditions, along with some other factors, will prevent the large scale spread of the disease.
At the same time, the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, expressed fears that although a large part of Nigerian population consists of younger people, which, in theory, should prevent a high death rate from the coronavirus, the health of many young Nigerian citizens is compromised by factors like malnutrition and positive HIV status.
That is why, why we can all hope that warm weather and other factors will slow down the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria, which should also do our best to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and even strangers from getting infected. Avoiding public places, wearing protective face masks, thoroughly washing hands, using a hand sanitizer, and coughing or sneezing into your elbow instead of your hands are the easiest and most effective ways to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
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