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COVID-19 Health

TWEETS #3

Lagos bans religious gathering more than 50 people            https://twitter.com/followlasg/status/1240384381077913602?s=21

Cash app donates       

Jack of Twitter           

NHS Drs want tests so they can go back to frontlines            https://twitter.com/theda_uk/status/1240550347950653442?s=21

Taking microbiology seriously           https://twitter.com/idrisayobello/status/1240403932515614720?s=21

Ghana returns SA flight         

Not just cough

Can’t escape long calls           https://twitter.com/jeffkasanoff/status/1240114193518346240?s=21

Health workers

Las Vegas closing      

On critics of big donors         

Quarantine with no power

Handbook for kids     

There is no emergency in a pandemic

Purge alarm during quarantine

School kids at risk at airport

Nigeria gets a case through land border

Nysc innovation for handwashing

Travel bans

https://twitter.com/chinyereoranugo/status/1240196263708065792?s=12

ICU in Nigeria

Death toll in UK        

Her mom

Burkina Faso VP       

Prisoners         

Seasonal predictions are shaky

22year old shares experience 

Katsina           

Trudeau          

SA disinfects taxis

Panic buying  

Locked up and Lonely by Akon

Guilt tripping Drs on strike     https://twitter.com/aishayesufu/status/1240286952513056772?s=21

Account of infection  

Nhs staff given freebies          https://twitter.com/nwanneonwubiko/status/1240263185376194560?s=21

Religious Camps

Double venting

NCDC bill      

What distancing does

We are the virus

BRT   

High school musical   

Soap war        

4 centres in Nigeria    

Risk

Celebrity

Socializing

Health workers

Parents

Alcohol          

Lagos closes schools  

Awareness in Igbo     

Wedding

Nigeria 3rd case         

NCDC

History Africa banning flights from Europe  https://twitter.com/karlremarks/status/1238437072593137664?s=21

A Doctor shares his experience with covid-19 infection            https://twitter.com/GoughCJ/status/1239587299136098305?s=09

Mental health

Revealing against the productive quarantine gang            https://twitter.com/ayahnaaragon/status/1238685803078959104?s=21

The poor

Kashmiris on lockdown         

Politics

            Britain https://twitter.com/morganpaulett/status/1238910780977930247?s=21

https://twitter.com/derektmuller/status/1238830995039805440?s=21

Panic buying is haram

Police in China vs us

https://twitter.com/mqmqqmqm/status/1238915872598773760?s=21

What has it ruined

Bidet sales soar

Virgin

Weak and the effects 

https://twitter.com/mustafathepoet/status/1239365541669646337?s=21

Compassion even with social distancing            https://twitter.com/rowaida_abdel/status/1239392355108761601?s=21

Western individualism            https://twitter.com/goldwomyn/status/1238831649607032832?s=21

Dr Chikwe asks for calm

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COVID-19 Health

ARTICLES #2

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/isis-issues-coronavirus-travel-advice-terrorists-should-avoid-europe-5m89dvjjw

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/15/uk-coronavirus-crisis-to-last-until-spring-2021-and-could-see-79m-hospitalised

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/15/uk-medical-schools-urged-to-fast-track-final-year-students-to-help-fight-coronavirus

UK Health minister appears not to super herd the immunity theory           https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51892402?ocid=wsnews.chat-apps.in-app-msg.whatsapp.trial.link1_.auin

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/u-s-government-official-coronavirus-vaccine-trial-starts-monday-1.4854275?fbclid=IwAR3r1mDrVRpXsatw3iNMvqZGdq4oFhaWEKBoW7wb8nb9JO_tTmNcAxIH-K4

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.africanews.com/2020/03/14/covid-19-gabon-shuts-stops-issuing-tourist-visas-to-citizens-of-hardest-hit/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/research/coronavirus/

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/brothers-hand-sanitizer-price-gouging-tennessee_n_5e6e8e04c5b6bd8156f9b763

http://theconversation.com/coronavirus-and-covid-19-your-questions-answered-by-virus-experts-133617

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japan-coronavirus-test-positive-recover-a9404056.html

COVID-19 spread from January 23 through March 14th. https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/fj7535/oc_covid19_spread_from_january_23_through_march/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/coronavirus-nhs-steps-up-fight-21694418

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/work-from-home-tips_uk_5e6a1358c5b6bd8156f22f5d

https://www.wsj.com/articles/people-fleeing-coronavirus-head-to-a-new-safe-haven-china-11584354274

https://graphics.reuters.com/CHINA-HEALTH-SOUTHKOREA-CLUSTERS/0100B5G33SB/index.html

Sanitizer hoarder has nowhere to sell them          https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/14/technology/coronavirus-purell-wipes-amazon-sellers.amp.html#click=https://t.co/YPeXEot79a

https://t.co/xWueohdnIt?amp=1

https://www-thehindubusinessline-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/new-plasma-derived-therapy-for-covid-19-on-the-horizon-takeda/article30981684.ece/amp/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/14/anti-inflammatory-drugs-may-aggravate-coronavirus-infection

YOUTUBE           

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-coronavirus-test-negative-white-house-says

https://academic.oup.com/jtm/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jtm/taaa039/5804843

Coronavirus latest: at a glance   

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/15/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/15/trump-offers-large-sums-for-exclusive-access-to-coronavirus-vaccine

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/

https://www.newindianexpress.com/sport/football/2020/mar/13/arsenal-manager-mikel-arteta-tests-positive-for-coronavirus-2116200.amp?__twitter_impression=true

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3074988/coronavirus-some-recovered-patients-may-have

https://www.zerohedge.com/health/brazilian-media-reports-president-bolsonaro-tests-positive-he-dined-trump-saturday

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8109405/BA-ground-aircraft-cut-staff-tackle-unprecedented-crisis.html

“Looming threat of COVID-19 infection in Africa: act collectively, and fast”                https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30464-5/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email

https://link.medium.com/vPbgjTmgP4

https://link.medium.com/NobSpr2gP4

https://link.medium.com/HbyvtF3gP4

https://link.medium.com/gLEsUe5gP4

https://link.medium.com/bgkyWh7gP4

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-coronavirus-queen-cancels-visits-21688546

https://www.ft.com/content/9a9e9e60-64b3-11ea-a6cd-df28cc3c6a68

https://informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/covid-19-coronavirus-infographic-datapack/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/opinion/coronavirus-best-response.amp.html

https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/news-and-features/responding-to-coronavirus

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COVID-19 Health

TWEETS #2

Public health is important            

https://twitter.com/ccardydnp/status/1239311118679621633?s=21

Idris Elba

How this puts the plight of refugees in perspective                https://twitter.com/shanicealethia/status/1238753376151777286?s=21

Nicolas Taleb in UK’s policy

The 1918 influenza epidemic hit Nigeria

Shakespeare wrote a book in the plague quarantine                https://twitter.com/rosannecash/status/1238700345548627969?s=21

Omar Sulayman

Heartrending dismay by Uber driver on risk of infection                https://twitter.com/uber_trips/status/1239013389680214017?s=21

https://twitter.com/obtund_/status/1237930127947857921?s=21

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COVID-19 Health

ARTICLES #1

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/11/entertainment/tom-hanks-rita-wilson-coronavirus/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51847198

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.       

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-51735367 myths      

  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51819624 Italy fake news  

  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-51847620 India suspend visas      

https://www.skysports.com/live-blog/11095/11945306/coronavirus-latest-england-vs-denmark-and-bosnia-herzegovina-vs-n-ireland-concerns-tpc-sawgrass-goes-ahead

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-conference-new-york-cancelled-council-foreign-relations-business-a9393371.html

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2236760-we-dont-know-why-so-few-covid-19-cases-have-been-reported-in-africa/

Why are there low cases in Africa             

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1254138/coronavirus-uk-school-closures-easter-half-term-uk-coronavirus-news

  https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10206746560458516&id=1709865674 _#AnimatedInfographic_

COVID-19 Cases outside China: *23rd January to 10th March*

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/coronavirus-cancel-everything/607675/

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/gabrielsanchez/life-during-coronavirus-quarantine-pictures

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/gabrielsanchez/life-during-coronavirus-quarantine-pictures

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/world/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-11-20-intl-hnk/index.html#click=https://t.co/kbFEw9WVla

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid19-new-test-kits-swab-three-hours-12505658

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8105817/Number-coronavirus-cases-cut-66-China-acted-just-one-WEEK-earlier.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/bahrain-accuses-iran-biological-aggression-covid-2019-200312165334964.html

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/coronavirus-cruise-ship-risk_l_5e693e9ac5b6bd8156f0ca60/amp#click=https://t.co/NKdOWN3PDG

  https://link.medium.com/GUXUYv9mL4 an idiots guide to coronavirus 

  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51827356 Health minister UK tests positive for coronavirus     

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/chinas-coronavirus-cases-rise-infections-010848356.html

https://www.wired.com/story/a-disease-tracker-backed-by-gates-and-zuckerberg-tackles-covid-19/

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/coronavirus-middle-east-north-africa-iran-outbreak-what-we-know

https://www.wired.com/story/a-disease-tracker-backed-by-gates-and-zuckerberg-tackles-covid-19/

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/coronavirus-middle-east-north-africa-iran-outbreak-what-we-know

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-11/keep-calm-and-wash-your-hands-britain-s-strategy-to-beat-virus

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1237774421307228160.html

WHO Press Briefing on COVID19 now a pandemic.                           

https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-clean-your-smartphone-keyboard-mouse-safely/

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COVID-19 Health

TWEETS #1

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/09/africa/nigeria-coronavirus-cases-intl/index.html

https://twitter.com/vl0ko/status/1237117540297572354?s=21

https://twitter.com/zaddy_nomso/status/1238013839112908800?s=21

https://www.businessinsider.com/wuhan-coronavirus-us-cases-health-risk-2020-1

https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-11-20-intl-hnk/index.html

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Health Raked In

25 March 2020

25th of March

What am I supposed to do?’: Covid-19 sparks mass unemployment across US

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/25/us-unemployment-coronavirus-hospitality-food-industries-claims

Death toll in Spain overtakes China

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/25/coronavirus-death-toll-in-spain-overtakes-china-as-lockdowns-extend-across-globe

COVID-19: Ikeja Electric Closes Offices Partially to Safeguard Customers, Staff https://www.ikejaelectric.com/covid-19-ikeja-electric-closes-offices-partially-to-safeguard-customers-staff/

Nigerian celebrity, Runtown gives donations

Receipt of Runtown’s money

Canada backs $57bn coronavirus relief bill

https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-us-canada-52022506?__twitter_impression=true

In darkness admist staying at home

LA County Sheriff allow gun store to remain open

https://abc7.com/amp/6045568/

Johns Hopkins: please take social distancing seriously to save lives https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-0325-coronavirus-hopkins-social-distancing-20200324-b75k465kdfcq3jt235mr7uzaba-story.html?outputType=amp&__twitter_impression=true

US Navy called in

UNHRC measures to keep refugees safe

https://www.unhcr.org/news/stories/2020/3/5e79e2410/live-blog-refugees-covid-19-crisis.html

Police shut down 15 schools, clubs and religious gatherings in Lagos for non compliance

Vatican decree for upcoming Easter celebration

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-03/covid-19-decree-regarding-easter-triduum-liturgical-celebration.html

Ontario confirms 100 new coronavirus cases in a day

Online gaming booms as virus lockdowns keep millions at home

https://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2020/03/25/covid-19-online-gaming-booms-as-virus-lockdowns-keep-millions-at-home

Final year students to be put on NHS frontline to deal with coronavirus crisis

UN chief calls for global ceasefire to focus on ‘the true fight of our lives’

https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1059972

Economic recession expected in G20 countries amid COVID-19 outbreak

https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/25/coronavirus-spain-surpasses-china-in-the-overall-number-of-covid-19-deaths

More than $200 milion received by WHO

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/donors-and-partners/funding

Nigerians respond to news of top Government officials testing positive for Coronavirus

Testing Kits for Coronavius from the Jack ma foundation arrive Nigeria and head to Abuja.

Rwandan Police employ extreme measures to enforce lockdown

https://twitter.com/BBGAfrica/status/1242866603596881920?s=20

FDA approves it’s first rapid Coronavirus test

Prince Charles tests positive for Coronavirus

World renowned Chef dies after testing positive for Coronavirus

Risk of dying from COVID-19

https://ourworldindata.org/covid-mortality-risk

Private hospitals will be made public

https://www.thejournal.ie/private-hospitals-ireland-coronavirus-5056334-Mar2020/

Angry italian mayors admonishing citizens disobeying self isolation order

NCDC calls citizen in self isolation

Young people are aware

Telemedicine regulations changed by a decade in two weeks

Don’t be silly

Nigeria’s Presidents spokesman complains about the coronavirus coverage in a chilling blast from the past

Family not taking any chances

Prince Charles 

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52033845

Nigerian Celeb giving out money

New symptoms

Refusing isolation, get charged with attempted murder

Text messaging

Corruption

New York executive order

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20210-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

Response to racism

Zoom 

Visas extended

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/visas-extended-for-those-currently-unable-to-return-home-due-to-covid-19

Repurposing elephant projects

Trigeminal neuralgia a new symptom

Dead at home

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/25/london-woman-36-dies-of-suspected-covid-19-after-being-told-she-is-not-priority

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Books

Reading Your Way to Wholesome Living

Reading will change your life

First Thursdays in March are World Book Days, set aside to promote literacy. Reading in many communities is majorly done for school but there’s more to it than that. It could be used for fun, growth, company, as a complement to healing, bonding, and fostering strong communities.


An avid reading lifestyle keeps the brain active and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It is an activity that increases your cognitive ability thus delaying the onset of memory loss as you age. The effects are more pronounced when it is a lifelong habit.

There are many more benefits a good book can add to your overall health. Have trouble sleeping? A book may be what you need. Reading a couple of chapters of a physical book regularly builds a pattern that improves the quality of your sleep. Ebooks are not included as they expose you to screen time just before bed which interferes with sleep.

In building your vocabulary, it helps you to gain better conversational skills. The wealth of experience you gain from being an avid reader flows into your social skills as you have more topics to discuss with others. This helps some people to build confidence and overcome anxiety in social gatherings.

Reading a couple of chapters of a physical book regularly builds a pattern that improves the quality of your sleep.

In this regard, book clubs are an excellent platform to meet new people from billionaires to authors to artisans. Creeds, tribes, races , nationalities joined by one spark- the love of books. It is one of the best chances humanity has at unity and peace.

In reducing the effects of stress, a good book helps you to bear the rigours of ill-health. This benefit can be unlocked just after about 10 minutes of reading. When I feel stressed about something, I find reading to be helpful in relieving the tension.

Other benefits include improved overall mental ability, increased attention span and an increase in empathy found among readers. Exposure to different scenarios in fiction, following characters through their journeys makes us understand that there are many perspectives to life based on different experiences. This makes us more welcoming and less judgmental. Looking to build a better world? Invest in libraries and book communities.

Children shown the wonders of the world with books are less likely to have time for disruptive activities. It is an activity that fosters cooperation rather than vicious competition among them. Their bonding improves, their language skills grow faster , they are able to communicate clearly and just being busy with this may make them less inclined to petty crime later on. Buy more books for them.

Now that you know reading makes you a healthier, smarter and better person, what book are you picking up next?

Dr Mariam Toye

050320

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Books reviews

Book Reviews With Oumissa 12: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Generational stories take more time and dedication. It is harder to tie together and make the dates, historical events and flow add up. When an author achieves this, the time spent is worth it because you don’t have to be doing the mental gymnastics.

Two sisters start life out on vastly different paths. One gets married to a slavemaster, the other is captured.And in this way, two genealogical lines are formed. This heartrending account follows the lives of their descendants across different eras and locations, tracking their journey. Each lifetime had a tumultuous event that drastically redirected their path in life in a major way.

No one forgets that they were once captive, even if they are now free. But still, Yaw, you have to let yourself be free.

They all remain connected not just by blood but by an indecipherable spiritual bond. So powerful is it that centuries after the forerunners , their descendants meet in a most unexpected of places.

The work of historical fiction begins in the Gold Coast when the intraAfrican and then transatlantic slave trades were in full swing. As it unfolds, positions change, fortunes dwindle, and expectations get shattered into splinters.

The branch that remains at home experience abolition, colonialism, a budding democracy and then migration to America. The other lives through the horrors of the dreaded voyage across the Atlantic, slavery and the variety of indignities people of colour faced.

Yaa adeptly describes the ugly moments and how slaves fought to hold on to the few moments of normalcy and happiness in all that bleakness. Abolition, the harsh conditions of the coal mines, racism, economic disenfranchisement give way to the drug era and finally an educated generation that is do close to getting equal rights as whites.

Through it all, we see love in its purest form survive the most arduous circumstances. Aku is that member of the family that’s the link between the past and the future. She binds everyone together and feels the experiences of the lost relatives she has never met. She has gripping visions of the dark past, holds tight to her customs and beliefs, lives to see the Gold Coast become Ghana and is so attached to Marjorie, her granddaughter helping her to recognize her past.

In America, the worst thing you could be was a black man. Worse than dead, you were a dead man walking.

There is a pervading sense of the supernatural throughout the book and many passages will raise the hair at the back of your neck. It is also beautiful to see how each character tries to pass down the family history to the next generation.

It was a gripping and fast-paced read.so graphic were the descriptions that you could feel how tight the slave decks were in the ship, could feel the claustrophobia in H’s coal mine, feel the self hatred Richard had towards his wife and child and feel that electric spark when Marjorie falls in love with her many times removed cousin. It is a splendid work in narration, vivid in its capturing. While the continuity isn’t great as one person’s story often ends abruptly leaving you wondering what happened to them, it is in all, a brilliant work that paints so well what black people still experience today.

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Health Lagos Girl

Danfo: The Travails of a Lagos Commuter #1

two-people-holding-hands-1101732Waking up late and having to rush to work is a vicious cycle of stress. It was such a relief to get to the main road and find traffic. Let me explain, it was not the notorious kolori-konidi type. You know the ones you can neither make head nor tail of. I could easily see that it was due to a construction diversion and therefore was moving.

Hurdle number two was getting a bus. Due to the increased LASTMA presence, all drivers were obeying the no-indiscriminate-stops rule. I had to walk back to my initial start point to get a bus. Next time, open your eye well dear. Hurdle number three, getting a bus to my next stop is an exercise in patience as they come one in fifteen. Always annoying to see bus after bus approaching only to be disappointed at the destination being called.

At last, I found my bus and hurdle number four was beating the other Disappointed Gang members to the few available seats ahead of the many others going my way. It is important to identify your competitors in this battle. If not you will sleep there.

Alhamdulillah, let’s take a deep breath, get comfortable on the plank seat and use my inner mind to try to channel the traffic into dissipating. The predictable fifth hurdle of change was laying in wait. The fare was already hiked so I was in no mood for this everyday shenanigans. The conductor grumbled, “Ko si change o, mo ti so fun yin ki e to wole”. I kept my money.

I thought to myself, “Ah, this man can lie! He did not mention any such thing when he was looking for passengers. When you are ready, you will collect your money.”

“E ma bole o,” he added in a feeble attempt at being menacing.

“You and who are coming down? After waiting twenty minutes with the sun burning my face, you must be joking bruv. Emi ti mo ti late.”

We coasted along. After a while, the road became free and Fast and Furious mode began. The whizzing air started billowing my scarf inside one man’s eye. Sorry o!

Mr Conductor collected his money finally and said we would have to sort change when we get down, that he has multiple people to give change to. I still did not say anything. God will help, you hear?

As I was bracing for the inevitable Joining Games, the conductor started calling my end destination. What manner of luck is this? I asked him if he would stop at my precise junction, he said yes and I was thrilled. One less bus to jump, less exposure to the sun.

Onwards Island, we connected with the Third Mainland Bridge. We raced alongside other cars until we saw a build-up of vehicles. Now, this is actually the story. My therapist, bless her heart, is used to my long preambles and digressions by now. Be like her and let me land.

“Iru hold up wo leleyii bayii,” a lady with her goods lamented. So we are even plenty that are late. A MOPOL got down from his car and helped direct the traffic. That’s when we saw a long line of cars and people. In confusion, we craned our necks and wondered why they all stopped without an obvious accident. What really habbun? Then we heard one of the numerous bystanders saying someone has jumped inside the water, The car the person apparently got down appeared to have a sinister aura.

Oh no! Not again.

This had a chilling effect on us all. The following exchange ensued in the bus:

Conductor: Why will anyone kill themselves? How can he get down from the car and jump like that.

Trader: E ma so be! You don’t know what the person was going through. (Yes, the general assumption was a man even though Yoruba does not have separate pronouns for the sexes.)

It is not easy o. people are facing a lot.

Eleha: Some people have problems with no one to help them and this feels like a way to end it.

Conductor: Ehen! (the one that means ‘you don’t mean it’)

Trader: It’s true. One woman near my shop found her husband’s swollen body at home, he had downed a whole bottle of *now-banned pesticide*. This feeling is like a strong spirit, one needs to speak out about it . Avoid staying alone.  If not, it will overwhelm you and the voices will tell you to kill yourself. When I feel like that, I go out and spend time with my loved ones or anyone that can cheer me up. May God have mercy on us.

Man in Northern attire: face registering confusion. Someone translated from Yoruba to pidgin. Confusion gives way to shock and he shakes his head in palpable consternation.

Conductor: This is terrible. I heard of a similar case who drank *same now-banned pesticide*. He is not a poor man o.

Trader: It is not always about money. Some people have overwhelming problems with no hope. Some feel sad more easily than others. It could be debt but it could also be anything. We have to watch out for these sad feelings.

Other passengers: exclamations and heavy sighs.

Eleha: I hope the divers usually around there get him out. They have saved several people this way. When this thing happens, one can go to the clinic and get treatment before it gets to this level.

There is silence as we all are lost in thought, end up forgetting our bus stops as the driver heads to a different destination than originally planned.

…………………

I hope that the person who jumped off the bridge yesterday was rescued. I saw a video of the LASG rescue team and the divers. The bridge is such a common location for suicide but the increased police presence at different parts of it is thought to prevent this. However, anyone whose mind is set on it can get past the watchful eye. Telling the Uber driver he wanted to throw up only to jump must have been such a nerve-wracking experience for the driver.

Suicide can be prevented. We need to listen, be sensitive, build resilience, strengthen our mental health services, increase awareness and end the stigma around mental illness. There is hope.

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Health

Get Through Harmattan Well, Warm and Fresh

After 2018 ended with little more than a whiff of the cold dry wind many love to hate, the harmattan’s grand entry as the past year wound down came as a shock. The absence of traffic on Lagos roads due to the annual exodus of residents to their hometowns seemed to pave the way for the gusts carrying dry, cold air and dust from the Sahara. One morning you were battling the simmering heat, the next you woke up with your nose dry.

Here comes winds whose voices you hear conversing, faces white and dried up and air that goes up your nose and settles behind your forehead head with some hammering. All of which is reminiscent of the Night King in that last battle.

Hair

Your hair doesn’t have to be like that of Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands. There are a wide variety of oils and organic hair products you can use to keep your hair from being more frizzy than usual. Wrapping the hair in a silk scarf while you sleep is even more important right now so you don’t lose moisture while you go out, remember to keep it protected. Do you remember how in elementary science class, we were taught that our hair, scarves and even bedsheets will have sparks of electricity due to the friction generated by the air’s quality at this time. How magical it is to run fingers on beds and see the sparks flying about.

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Moisturize

Oiled Skin

As a danfo coasted down a busy Lagos road, the driver teasing someone standing by her stall, “See as harmattan come make your face dull.” It was a young girl and it appeared they knew each other as she smiled at him with recognition and mild bemusement. Then he went, “me wey i dey talk na my beard dey hide my real face. My face be like person wey dey suffer. This harmattan ehn.”

You don’t want to look like you were mistakenly locked in a walk-in cold room for some time, lips dry, white and chapped, white lines appearing whenever you scratch your body and colour draining from them. Body moisturizers would help you lock in moisture. Leaving your skin unprotected will make it dry and may lead to itching.

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Drink Water

Imagine your kidneys pulsing with glee as they get what they need to keep your internal plumbing going smoothly. Kidney disease is a chronic condition that can be expensive, long term and stressful. If there’s a way to prevent it or reduce your chances and it is drinking water please do it. This weather would make you more thirsty than usual, please do not wait for this to happen before you drink water.

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Home

Dress warm as the cold can be biting at least in the morning. You could use water heaters or just boil water for your bath. Don’t be a hero like Folabomi Amoo said. Be humble and care for your body. Dust the surfaces at home and work more frequently, keep your windows shut and get a humidifier if possible.

Fire Safety

Be more watchful of fire as the dry air makes fire a big risk at this time. Turn off cooking gas when not in use, unplug electrical appliances, check your car is functioning properly, keep flammable objects like matches, lit candles and phones (yes, phones) away from diesel cans, petrol kegs and our ubiquitous continually droning generators.

Medical conditions

Sickle cell patients need to drink more water, dress warm, drink warm fluids when it is cold and keep their clinic appointments. The weather may increase the frequency of crises. People with asthma need to protect themselves by wearing masks. The Yoruba say, ‘ma fi itiju karun’. Roughly translated as not to fall sick due to worrying about what people will say. Wear your mask or use a clean handkerchief. The exhaust on this city’s roads is bad enough, don’t let the dust be another trigger for you. If you are living with any other condition like kidney disease, hypertension, diabetes and are worried about how this weather may affect you, please do not wait till you feel worse, see your doctor.

Vulnerable groups

Children, pregnant women and the elderly are more vulnerable at this time and we must do our best to keep many people as warm as possible. Homeless people, mentally ill people who are not being cared for in a psychiatric facility but are left to roam the streets are also at risk. You can leave extra sweaters somewhere they can find. You could donate to the organizations procuring blankets and warm clothing for people in the northern part of Nigeria who feel the cold more. Remember the temperature drops to 11 degrees in some places and that these areas mostly do not have access to a regular power supply and central heating.

Lastly, men!

Before harmattan, some used to have white lines, ash-like feet. It’s 2020, please moisturize. It doesn’t make you less of who you are. Even better, it keeps you healthy, confident and keeps your loved ones happy to see you. Besides, you would be raising a new generation of boys who look up to you and realise that adequate self-care is important and a complement rather than a dent on masculinity. Keep your beard from being frizzy with the variety of oils available.

In all, this period may be tough for many reasons. That cold air especially can make one feel ill but everything has its end, we only have to do our best to survive. Two good things though- clothes get to dry quickly unlike in the rainy months. Secondly, agbalumo is out!

How do you cope with harmattan?