Coronavirus has now been declared by the World Health Organization as a Global Pandemic. What this means is that the virus keeps spreading across several countries.
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It is therefore advisable to keep up to date on travel, education and other guidance provided by your national or local authorities for the latest recommendations and ways to ensure our general safety.
CoronoaVirus and the Educational System
Schools worldwide are being advised by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to begin planning now for possible interruptions. Some international schools have resorted to e-learning to prevent the spread of the virus. However, moving courses online isn’t simple.
However, there are still areas where the transition will be a struggle, according to Vanessa Dennen, a professor at Florida State University’s College of Education.
Not to mention a lot of majors don't translate to online classes like STEM majors or performing arts or nursing or visual arts.
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Nearly 12 million children live in homes lacking a broadband connection. According to a 2017 report from the Democratic staff of the Joint Economic Committee. The majority of rural residents do not have access to broadband. The Great Firewall of China also prevents Chinese access to popular global platforms such as Google and, increasingly, to virtual private networks (VPNs) which would be able to bypass the firewall.
What this means is that the novel Coronavirus has the potential to set both international and local students back for a very long uncertain amount of time.
Schools in Nigeria
Be sure to ask your school administration about their coronavirus update and what their plans are for protecting their students. Several schools have taken preventive actions such as cancelling swimming and extracurricular activities. Schools with planned events such as fun days have also postponed them.
— United Nations (@UN) March 12, 2020
Travel Bans worldwide
Europe is experiencing its toughest lockdown yet as deaths from the virus and cases continue to mount.
Many countries have now placed travel bans to affected countries. The United States recently placed a travel ban on many foreign travellers from most of Europe for the next 30 days amid the growing coronavirus outbreak which has infected more than 1,000 and killed at least 33 in the U.S. India also closed its border by suspending existing visas, with some exceptions and Lebanon has also halted travel to four affected countries. In Nigeria, the US embassy has made changes to their consulate office.
Easter Break Travel
As Easter break is coming up travel will need to be carefully thought about. Many schools advice that during Easter break if you will be travelling outside of Nigeria, please
be aware of the restrictions.
If a family member or your child travels to a country that has a CDC Level 3 warning – currently Italy, China, South Korea and Iran – you will be expected to self-quarantine for 14 days on your return.
Keep your child at home if he or she is sick or if you suspect possible exposure
Its Effects On The Global Economy
Financial markets are now currently reflecting great uncertainties as the Coronavirus spreads globally. According to Harvard Business Review; the global economy after a major crisis like Covid-19 will likely be different in a number of significant ways.
We must, therefore, take a careful look at market signals across asset classes, recession and recovery patterns,
Symptoms and Prevention
The symptoms of coronavirus include; coughing, high temperature and shortness of breath. However, these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. You are advised to go for a medical check-up once you notice these symptoms.
Talking to your Child About Coronavirus
Parents are facing questions from their children, who have picked up bits and pieces of information (and misinformation) from the internet, TV, teachers and classmates. The topic is a daunting one to tackle with children, as there’s a lot of fear and uncertainty surrounding the illness.
There are some things that parents should keep in mind as they talk to their children and update them about coronavirus. First of all, it is important to be calm because your children will be looking for assurance from you. It is important to get a sense of what they already know. So ask open-ended questions that can help you gauge your child’s’ knowledge, as well as their emotional state. Encourage them to express their feelings and be sure to tailor the discussion to what you know about them as individuals. Read here for more on how to talk to your children about it.
Children do not seem to be catching the coronavirus in the same numbers as adults, and if they do, they are not developing severe symptoms, according to data from Chinese health officials. https://t.co/9zb4Mjzxnc
— CNN (@CNN) March 12, 2020
Coronavirus preventive measures include
— Washing your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds or while singing the happy birthday song twice.
— Wash your hands when you get home or into work, use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available.
— Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
— Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.
— This is the time to reduce touching your face, eyes or mouth; also reduce hugging and shaking people’s hands.
— Finally, avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
COVID-19 is not the flu. Lethality rate is much higher, this is why #CancelEverything is happening. It's called 'Flattening the Curve'- if we slow spread of the pandemic over time we can treat patients within the capacity of our healthcare system. Mitigation is crucial #13NewsNow pic.twitter.com/oQxRsehffa
— Evan Watson 13News Now (@13EvanWatson) March 12, 2020
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