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At the last count, the number of those infected by coronavirus was racing towards 400 000 and more than 16500 death had been recorded. this has happened in the space of four to five months.

The disease which started in Wuhan china, at about November has now spread to more than 190 countries, stretching the global healthcare industry to its extreme limit. There is fear and panic across the nations and the global economy has been grounded to a halt in an unprecedented fashion.

Many have described coronavirus as the deadliest disease facing mankind, but that is far from the truth. On the surface, coronavirus looks like one of the worst health based tragedy to ever affect humankind, but in fact, it ranks very low compared to other diseases or causes of deaths.

According to reports, more far more people have been killed in the first two months of 2020 by smoking or alcohol than coronavirus. These two are responsible for over a million deaths in January and February alone. That is a child’s play compared with the less than 2500 that died from coronavirus within the same period.

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Yet, the biggest killer of mankind is cancer, which wrecks the most havoc on human body and has destroyed close to 1200 live within same period.

According to University of Hamburg Data Center, here are the number of deaths in the world in the first two months of 2020:

Corona virus: 2,360.

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Common cold: 69,602

Malaria : 140,584

suicide: 153,696

Road accidents: 193,479

HIV loss: 240,950

alcohol: 358,471

smoking: 716,498

Cancer: 1,177,141

The Global Statistics on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illicit Drug Use: 2017 Status Report found a quarter of a billion hours of healthy human life are lost each year because of smoking and drinking, ten times more than is lost to illicit drug use.

This has led some experts to believe that the media campaign on coronavirus is induced to top pharmaceutical companies for profit considerations alone. But other experts have refuted such conspiracy theory as baseless, but they have also insisted that it is dangerous to devote all attention to coronavirus at the expense of other diseases and human tragedies that also threatens human existence

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COVID-19 Allowances: Lagos doctors declare 3 days warning strike

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Medical doctors in Lagos on Sunday declared a three- day warning strike over the state government’s failure to meet their demands.
The doctors under the auspices of Medical Guild are striking over wage disparity between the Federal and Lagos state doctors, COVID-19 Hazard allowances and inducement allowances MOU approved by the Federal Government, non-payment of doctors working in isolation centre as well as unceremoniously disengagement of doctors in the isolation centres without recourse to their welfare.
It could be recalled that the doctors had early served a 21 -day ultimatum to the state government and later extended it by two weeks during which the doctors and the officials of government met but failed to agree.
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Announcing this at a press conference in Lagos, shortly after a meeting with the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, the Chairman of the Medical Guild, Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo who said the strike will begin 8 am Monday and ends on Thursday 16th, 2020 said doctors in the isolation Centres were exempted from the strike.
Further explaining the rationale behind the strike, Sodipo said: “if the state government had met 70 per cent of their demands within the period their ultimatum lasted and the two weeks extension, the strike would have been averted.
Giving details of their demands, he said: That the wage disparity between Federal and Lagos State doctors is not being given necessary attention by the government.
“That the issue of COVID 19 hazard allowances and inducement allowances MOU approved by the federal government to her doctors is not being approved by the state government to her doctors.
“That doctors working in the COVID 19 isolation Centres are still being owed two months salaries which have remained unpaid at the moment, they are also being unceremoniously disengaged.”

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He further said the congress would reconvene at the end of the three days strike to review the progress made and plan for further action.
Speaking, an ex-officio of the Medical Guild, Dr. Babajide Saheed lamented that the government had the opportunity to avert the warning strike but failed to use it.
“The government had the opportunity to avert the warning strike if they had made efforts to do the needful.” they had made efforts to do the needful.”
He said if the government can come up with a circular to do the needful within 24 hours the strike could still be averted

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New Study Warns Of Brain Damages Linked To COVID-19

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A new study has found that infection with COVID-19 can lead to brain damages, including delirium and nerve damage, the study by researchers at University College London (UCL) showed on Wednesday.

According to the researchers, since COVID-19 broke out, there appeared to be a “concerning increase” of a rare brain inflammation known to be triggered by viral infections.

In the UCL study, nine COVID-19 patients with brain inflammation were diagnosed with a rare condition called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, which is typically seen in children and can affect both the brain and spinal cord.

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They said that some of the 43 patients studied did not have respiratory symptoms.

Dr Ross Paterson, of UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, and joint first author on the study, was quoted by local media as saying that “we might not yet know what long-term damage COVID-19 can cause.”

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As a result, the researchers called for systematic surveillance of brain complications as a result of COVID-19 infection.

(The Nation)

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