5 things not to do when coronavirus quarantine, lockdown end

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After weeks of coronavirus quarantine, shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders, it’s no wonder millions of people are looking for an end in sight. This question of when life can go back to normal is on countless minds as countries, states and cities shift to indoor living to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Some of us are getting restless, imagining the people we’ll hug, parties we’ll throw and places we’ll travel.

Not so fast. As the first signs of easing are starting to play out around the world, it’s good to remember this is new territory for everyone and there’s much we still don’t know about the long-term behavior of this particular coronavirus strain. 


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Different governments and agencies are sure to have their own cadence for reintegrating and going back to business as usual, including taking a phased approach that slowly relaxes some measures while keeping an eye out for spikes in new COVID-19 cases. 

“The worst that can happen is that we make a misstep and let our emotions get ahead of the facts, and we have to go through this again,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his April 11 daily press conference.

One thing’s for sure — your lifestyle won’t return to “normal” all at once. While we won’t know for certain what will or won’t be allowed until those measures arrive, there are some common-sense codes that we don’t see going away any time soon. 

Don’t throw a party or hit the bars

Social distancing measures exist for a reason, and that’s to slow the spread of viral transmission from people who come into close contact. Hosting a party at home or crowding into a bar when they reopen will jam people together in a room, giving any lingering coronavirus on an asymptomatic host the prime opportunity to infect others, who then could pass it along.

“I will just remind the American people again. This is a highly contagious virus,” Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said in an April 15 briefing. “Social gatherings, coming together, is always a chance that an asymptomatic person can spread the virus unknowingly … But for all of you that are out there that would like to join together and just have that dinner party for 20 — don’t do it yet.”

Don’t stop washing your hands

Of course you’ll continue to practice common hygiene, but remember that relaxed restrictions won’t necessarily mean that the coronavirus outbreak is over, even after a vaccine eventually arrives. There may be economic reasons for schools and businesses to reopen, while the virus continues to spread, albeit at slower rates than today.

Remember that the goal of stay at home orders and thorough handwashing is to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed with patients in critical condition and minimize your risk for acquiring life-threatening symptoms.

Hopefully, the good hand-washing habits you’ve acquired during this time will stick around, including longer, more thorough washing, and more frequently after coming into contact with people and common surfaces. 

You may still need those face masks for a while.Angela Lang/CNETDon’t immediately visit high-risk people

There’s nothing I’d rather do when quarantine ends than rush out and give the senior citizens and immunocompromised friends in my life a big, warm hug. But that might not be the best move for them. Quarantine measures are likely to loosen before the vaccine arrives that will help protect people most at risk if they do acquire COVID-19. 

Though early vaccine testing is underway, an approved vaccine is still thought to be a year out, at the very least. That doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t see your loved ones for a full year. 

Antibody testing is a promising method in development right now that could be able to tell you if you’ve already been exposed to the coronavirus. Unfortunately, we’re not at the stage where this test — which isn’t yet available — can confirm immunity.

For people who are in high-risk groups, keeping a healthy distance may still be the best way to keep them safe. That’s something you and your family will need to carefully evaluate.

Sorry, it’s probably not the best time to build up those frequent flyer miles.Kent German/CNETDon’t plan a big international vacation

I’ve already started a mental list of every place in the world I want to visit once restrictions lift. And I’ve already revised it to local gems, like a hiking trail and the beach, activities that are off the menu where I live. Like me, you’ll have to have a little patience. 

While I expect that hotel and airfare prices will be enticingly cheap when nonessential travel is first deemed acceptable again, it does well to remember intermingling is nearly impossible to avoid in airports and airplanes (though not because of the ventilation system, according to the WHO), which is one major reason flights have been canceled and international travel effectively banned in many countries. 

The international movement of people contributed to the coronavirus reaching pandemic proportions so quickly, through person-to-person transmission like coughing and sneezing. If a recurrence were to happen, the last thing you want is the stress of finding yourself quarantined in an unfamiliar country, without a clear or quick way home. 

Don’t toss out those face masks

Not to be the bearer of bad news, but as a global society, we can’t say for certain what will happen next — if a sudden surge in new coronavirus cases will make it necessary to reinstitute quarantine measures, as has happened in Singapore and Hong Kong, or, worse, if a new strain emerges.

When the time comes, the smart thing to do is remain cautiously optimistic about regaining your freedom to move, but remain realistic that we don’t know what the future holds. So keep those homemade face masks handy.

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COVID-19: Indonesia records over 300 new cases in one day

The Indonesian Government on Thursday recorded 380 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The figure is the highest number of cases reported in the country since the outbreak.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 5,516.

The government’s spokesperson for the COVID-19-related matters, Achmad Yurianto, during a press conference, also confirmed 27 new deaths were registered, raising the total number of fatalities to 496.

However, the total number of recovered patients stands at 548 in the country.

According to the data provided by Yurianto, the number of suspected COVID-19 cases is 11,873.

Authorities have been conducting rapid tests in areas where cases were detected.

The government has also ordered the public to always wear masks to contain the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, the total number of Coronavirus cases has surpassed two million globally.

As of Wednesday afternoon, April 15, 2,024,675 cases of the disease had been recorded.

COVID-19: Health minister reveals location of most positive cases in Abuja

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has revealed the area where majority of positive cases of COVID-19 are located in Abuja.

Ehanire, during a press briefing on Wednesday, said the majority of confirmed Coronavirus cases in the FCT are from AMAC.

“The grand majority of positive cases in Abuja are in the AMAC region, perhaps with a few scattered in other places,” the minister had said.

Nigeria, on Wednesday, recorded 34 new cases, bringing it to a total number of 407 Coronavirus cases.

The nation’s capital, Abuja, has 58 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

Meanwhile, a total of 23 patients have been discharged after testing negative to the virus.

COVID-19 Cash Transfer – Nigerians react to Tinubu’s call to share palliative through BVN

A cross-section of Nigerians have reacted to the call by the National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu asking the government to choose the BVN option in paying vulnerable Nigerians.

On Wednesday, Tinubu urged the Buhari administration to pay money into the accounts of Nigerians rather than physical transfers, which the government adopted since the lockdown order was implemented.

Tinubu’s comments generated comments on social media as some Nigerians applauded him for speaking the truth.

However, a majority took a swipe at the APC leader, saying that his comments were to gain the hearts and sympathy of Nigerians for his 2023 presidential ambition.

Here are some comments gathered by Lasgidi Reporters from Twitter:

@Ogechime1 “The only APC member that has told the truth about Nigerians poverty and hunger. BMC will be busy defending Buhari that all is well, that we are not hungry or poor.”

@Vikta_ godvoice “As cool as this gesture may seem, let’s not forget we are dealing with politicians, and he might just be playing the good guy card to look like the people’s voice, anyway it’s not going to make me vote him in as President… Period!!

@Omolara5718 “Good advice at least, hoping to see it implemented. Anyways, no good advice from these people comes for free; this man has a reason for that, maybe to win our hearts for 2023.”

@Ojoolabisi “This is better than the other decision of crediting the account with 5k balance. Some of us haven’t earned a kobo for almost four weeks, yet we feed our family. The federal government should be human for once.”

@Dozzycash “Tinubu is trying to talk his way into 2023.”

@Surnnez “Since when did you Tinubu start speaking for Nigerians that we have to believe you now?

@AnieduEngr “This one is saying everything well because of politics. Once he enters there, he will turn worse than Buhari. We will never vote for you, continue milking the people you are milking.”

@Welly98welly “We already know that you are nursing presidential ambition and this is a way of kick-starting your campaign. Well done!

@Sylvanu731 “Maybe an influential voice like that of the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola (Tinubu) Ahmed Tinubu, will prick the conscience of our leaders to do right and provide relief with honesty and transparency.”

@Ebenezerlamotu “This is Nigeria. It’s not just ordinary eyes; there is something behind this man gesture. Let’s wait and see.”

@Motofe “Tinubu should know agberos, area boys and the poor don’t have bank accounts.”

@Ahmadrufae85 “Jagaban, this old man called Buhari he is stubborn and will not listen to you. He would rather wait till Abba Kyari comes back from corona babe.”

COVID-19: Test results of 90 persons showing Coronavirus symptoms in Abuja revealed

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Thursday released the results of 90 persons who showed symptoms of COVID-19.

The FCTA in a post via its Twitter handle said those tested for COVID-19 were confirmed negative.

Those tested were from the Mpape community of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).

FCTA added that everyone with a history of cough, fever, catarrh, chest pain and difficulty in breathing in various communities of Abuja, will be screened.

The post reads: “During community active case search, department of public health detected and tested the persons whose test came back as negative.

“As FCTA continues Community Active Case Search in various communities of Abuja, results of 90 clients from Mpape community testing, have all returned negative to COVID-19.

“This is to detect anyone with COVID-19 and get them treated promptly to break the chain of transmission in FCT.”

Abuja has 58 of Nigeria’s 407 Coronavirus cases; 23 of those cases have been discharged.

Mike Adenuga Foundation supports the fight against COVID-19 with N1.5b

From left to right: Globacom’s EVC, Mrs Bella Disu, presenting N500m cheque to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-OluThe efforts by government to raise funds to combat the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) got a huge boost on Monday as the Mike Adenuga Foundation (MAF) donated the sum of N1.5 billion to the cause.

The donation is made up of N1billion to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) which is coordinating the fund raising by corporate bodies to support the initiatives aimed at combating the COVID-19 pandemic and N500 million to the Lagos State Government which has recorded most of the cases in Nigeria.

Globacom’s Executive Vice Chairman, Mrs Bella Disu, presented the N500m cheque to the Lagos State Government in Lagos, while a representative of MAF presented the N1 billion cheque to CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, in Abuja.

The Foundation said it was committed to the wellbeing of the entire Nigerian citizens, especially at this time when the country was battling the Coronavirus pandemic. It also commended the government, individuals and organizations for their efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

MAF noted that the core values that connect people firmly with one another – love for family, community and enterprise – were the most threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, and stressed that the Foundation remained committed to the protection and promotion of those values.

On behalf of the Mike Adenuga Foundation (MAF), I visited the Executive Governor of Lagos, Mr. @JideSanwoOlu’s office to deliver the sum of N500 million to support the states fight against the global Coronavirus pandemic, otherwise known as COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/YMonJqqRKS— Bella Disu (@BellaDisu) March 30, 2020MAF also pledged to continue its current efforts to assist various bodies and institutions in the country with the supply of such essential items as Sanitizers, Masks, Test Kits, Personal Prospective Equipment (PPEs) and Respirators to combat the pandemic.

The Foundation  advised all to take measures to ensure their safety in line with the guidelines provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

These include social distancing, regular hand washing and use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, limiting non-essential travel and ensuring timely medical checkups.

“Our primary focus at MAF is to ensure that all Nigerians remain safe to support their families and the economy. We urge everyone to stay aware of updated practices and strategies to combat Coronavirus. These are trying times. However, we are confident we will overcome the challenge,” it concluded.

Just In: Coronavirus: Seven COVID-19 patients discharged in Lagos

The Lagos State Government has discharged seven coronavirus patients from its isolation centre in the state.

This development was disclosed by the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, via his Twitter handle on Thursday.

He said “Good people of Lagos,

“I bring you awesome news from IDH, Yaba, which is as a testament to our resolve to overcome the lethal COVID19 pandemic ravaging the world.

“Today, we discharged 7 more patients who have fully recovered and tested negative twice consecutively for COVID19.”

COVID-19: Satan targeting church using coronavirus – Pastor Giwa

The Senior Pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming of Jesus Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa, on Monday declared that Satan was targeting the church using Coronavirus.

Pastor Giwa stated that the pandemic was created to distract “the children of God” from gathering and praying.

In a statement he personally signed and sent to Lasgidi Reporters, the clergyman called on Christians not to be discouraged by the current happenings across the globe.

He said, “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we can achieve this victory through our faith, says 1 John 5:4.

“The main target of this epidemic is the church, and we must not allow Satan to rejoice. In our different houses, we must not relent in prayer and fasting.

“Satan, Lucifer, and the old Serpent has taken over the government all over the world, but our faith in God will vindicate us.

“Our political leaders are now confused because they no longer put their trust in God. Lucifer is now the driver directing them to do and undo.

“What God revealed to me days ago was powerful. I saw some few people being bathed clean while they didn’t bath millions of people.

“I asked God why they didn’t bath a good number of people. My greatest surprise was that there was no time for God to reply to me as the ‘Rapture” suddenly occurred.

“If it is the will of God to allow what is happening in the world to happen, there is nothing anybody can do.

“However, if God is not in it, their plans shall definitely fail, because nobody can change God’s plan.

“I want to urge true believers of Christ all over the world not to be looking for Antichrist but to be looking for Jesus Christ.

“We should not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is happening because everything we need to know is in the Scripture.

“Revelation 13:17 tells us how no one would be able to buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, called ‘666’.

“The evil people are those who created this epidemic to distract the children of God from prayers, fasting among others.

“They are trying to weaken the church so we won’t be able to gather together and pray in one accord.”

Just In: Five coronavirus patients discharged in Lagos

Governor Jide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has confirmed that five coronavirus patients have been discharged.

Sanwo-Olu on his Twitter page also disclosed that five more patients have tested negative twice and were discharged on Sunday.

“Dear Lagosians, yesterday, I announced the discharge of one more patient from our Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba.

“Today, I am happy to inform you that five more patients comprising two males and three females including a 10 year-old-girl have tested negative twice to COVID19.

“These 5 patients have been discharged to reunite with their families. This brings to a total of 29, the number of patients who have fully recovered and have been discharged from our facility at Yaba.

“Although, there is a strong indication that the state is winning the battle against #COVID19, it is imperative that we remain steadfast to curtail the spread.

“I strongly advise that we continue to observe #Social_Distancing. Let us StayHomeStaySafe to #SaveLives.”

He further advised Nigerians to stop stigmatizing discharged patients.

“We need to do all we can to support them to get over the experience as soon as possible.

“Once again, I wish to thank our frontline health workers, members of the Lagos State Health Family and the Emergency Operation Centre for all their hard work. You all have been nothing short of amazing.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday, confirmed ten new cases of coronavirus in the country.

The new cases were recorded in Lagos, Abuja and Edo, thereby bringing the total number to 224.