2020 review: 4 ways coronavirus changed Nigerians' lifestyle

2020 review: 4 ways coronavirus changed Nigerians' lifestyle

From the city of Wuhan in China to the over 200 countries and territories, coronavirus (COVID-19) tragically took the centre stage of the discussion by storms, shook the economy and is drag-racing the world towards a re-defining point in the recent history of the human race.

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Nigeria is, of course, not exempted from all that was ushered in by the global pandemic. Since February when the first case was recorded in Lagos (in the case of an Italian man), what has been known of the most populous Black nation has been reduced to a crippled state struggling to survive due to the blocks posed by the devastating pandemic.

Nigeria has recorded over 1,000 official COVID-19 fatalities from 73,175 confirmed cases according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) data.

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And there is a palpable fear of more cases with the second wave knocking following an increase in the number recorded on daily basis.

As part of the 2020 review, Legit.ng highlights four ways coronavirus changed the style of living in Nigeria.

1. 'COVID salute'

Since February when the first case of coronavirus was recorded in Lagos, the general lifestyle of Nigerians has been massively affected.

Notable of this is how handshaking has been restricted and disallowed due to the possibility of transmission and spread of the deadly virus.

2020 review: 'COVID salute' plus X other ways coronavirus changed way of life in Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state practising COVID salute. Credit: @BashirAhmad
Source: Twitter

In churches and other important gatherings, people now great with elbows -- what has been termed as COVID salute.

2. Limited/no social/mass gathering

With coronavirus actively spreading in the county, the mass gathering whether for social or religious reason has been reduced as people are now being encouraged to maintain social distancing at the worship centres and other places.

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Funeral and parties have been grossly hit. Important places like clubhouses, theme parks, cinemas are now partially or fully locked to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection.

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3. "Work from home"

Coronavirus has opened the alternative possibility for various workplaces as most of the flexible works are now being done remotely amid COVID-19 scare. Nigeria, without any iota of doubt, is not excluded by these realities.

Meanwhile, public experts have continued to argue that while coronavirus is overwhelmingly admitted to be a disaster, it is a blessing that may completely change the lifestyle of workplaces as many jobs will now be done remotely.

4. Face mask use

2020 review: 'COVID salute' plus X other ways coronavirus changed way of life in Nigeria
Nigerians must use face mask or risk contracting the coronavirus.
Source: UGC

The face mask has been proved to be an integral weapon in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, a reason masses have been urged to use it while going outside.

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Amid a surge in the case of the infection, using of face mask has become necessary. Nigerians, if not used to it, will now risk contracting the virus or adhere strictly to face mask use.

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