This article will explain two things:
- why some Teachers must remain at home even when school resumes.
-the implications of COVID-19 on school reopening.
Read on to get properly informed. cheers.
I have written a number of health publications on COVID-19, addressing the most vulnerable age groups in the society, who are at a higher risks of suffering serious health complications or even death from COVID-19.
However, I am going to streamline this article to address the health implications of COVID-19 on school resumption, more specifically the class of teachers that are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 or even dying from it when school reopens.
Please do well to share this important piece of information with your friends, families and loved ones you never know who you will be saving by doing so.
The truth is that, not every Nigerian is aware of the risks that are associated with contracting COVID-19, it is not like the normal malaria that comes and goes after treatment without causing any damage(s) to our health. Some persons suffer serious damages to their lungs and/or other organs in their body due to the harmful effects caused by the virus.
Why some teachers must remain at home if school resumes:
The School is a mixed system that comprise of different age groups; children, adolescents, teenagers, young adults and older adults. The older adults are mostly the teachers in schools.
Of all these class of individuals, the older adults or older teachers (50 years and above) are at a higher risk of suffering serious health damages or complications after contracting COVID-19. Hence the importance of this piece.
The two class of teachers that must remain at home when school resumes are:
1. Aged teachers, usually from 50 years and above.
2. Teachers with any of these diseases: asthma, kidney disease, liver disease, hypertension, obesity, immunocompromised teachers (such as teachers with HIV, tuberculosis, diabetes etc)
3. Pregnant teachers.
These class of teachers must remain at home even if school resumes this year, unless a potent drug for the treatment of COVID-19 or a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection is discovered.
This is just a precautionary measure to curtail the increasing number of Nigerians that are suffering severe health problems and morbidity (death) from COVID-19.
As at today, the number of COVID-19 cases and death recorded so far are 35454 and 72 respectively.
The rationale behind this necessary precaution (of some teachers remaining at home) is simple; the aforementioned health conditions and age groups exacerbates the health effects of COVID-19.
Imagine an older teacher with asthma contracting the virus, when one of the cardinal symptoms of COVID-19 infection is difficulty in breathing. It therefore means that teacher will experience worse episodes of breathing problems, which is life threatening unless he or she is placed under a ventilator urgently.
The story is the same for teachers with compromised immune system, such as teachers with HIV, tuberculosis, diabetes etc. When they contract the virus, their immune system will not be able to combat the virus effectively, which leads to serious organ damages caused by the effects of the virus.
In plain words, the way a healthy and young individual or teacher will react to the virus is totally different from the way older and unhealthy individual or teacher will react. The older and unhealthy people tend to suffer more.
Irrespective of the hunger and low financial income that is prevalent in most homes at this time, it is important we follow the directives of our health officials faithfully. The minister of health Osagie Ehanire has reiterated these implications of COVID-19 infection in older people on many occasions. Finally, we can make up for time lost, but we cannot make up for lives lost.
You probably didn't know that a high percentage of people who die from COVID-19 are old people. Which means that we might record more deaths when school reopens if these teachers (with health problems or teachers that are 50 years and above) are not instructed to remain at home.
What are your thoughts on this? I will love to here them. Cheers.
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