Coronavirus: Nigeria’s hot temperature may suppress spread of disease - Virologist
- There is a high possibility that coronavirus will not be heard of in Nigeria soon
- This a because the usual hot temperature in the country spells danger to the virus which thrives better under cold climates
- This fact was put forward on Tuesday, March 3, by Adeola Fowotade, a virologist in the country
Nigeria's hot temperature which many see as almost unbearable may be a blessing in disguise which can come in handy for the federal government in the battle to stop the spread of coronavirus.
This is as tropical weather, according to a Nigerian virologist, Adeola Fowotade, is capable of suppressing the virus, Daily Trust reports.
Fowotade, quoting a number of health experts, noted that the disease, just like the influenza virus, thrives in cold climate, and as such, may find it difficult to survive in Nigeria.
Speaking on this possibility at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, she said: “That is an extrapolation from what happened with influenza virus also known as the flu, which is most prevalent in colder climate during winter.
“There is a very high chance there will be some remission as the temperature gets warmer in those temperate places."
In her professional opinion, Fowotade pointed out that envelop viruses, to which the epidemic belongs, are known to ineffective and as she put it, susceptible, in hot temperature.
However, the expert warned health officials and all Nigerians to apply precautionary measures and strictly observe rules on personal hygiene always.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that after his trip to China to attend a meeting in the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Wuhan, China, the Director-General of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, was on Tuesday, March 3, quarantined.
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The news was disclosed by the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, as he briefed the Senate on updates of efforts made by the ministry to tackle the spread of the disease.
Ehanire said that Ihekweazu would remain in isolation for a period of two weeks as a prescribed safety measure.
The NCDC boss took on a self-quarantine at his residence but refused to reveal what part of the country he was as at the time of writing this report.
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