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Reopening Schools For J.S.S 3, S.S 3 Students Is A Recipe For Disaster – Sunday Onuoha

Coronavirus Nigeria

Coronavirus Nigeria

Bishop of the Methodist Church, Dr Sunday Onuoha has come to say that schools should not reopen amid the pandemic.

This is coming after Federal government’s approval to reopen schools for primary 6 pupils, J.S.S 3 and S.S 3 students in Nigeria.

According to him, this move poses danger to the fight against further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, so it should not happen.

He added that it will not just compromise the safety of students, it will also result in a high rate of infection as schools in rural areas since schools in rural areas may not meet up with approved guidelines given by the government.

His words, β€œApart from compromising the safety of students if classes resume, there is a high risk of community infection as schools in rural areas may not meet up with approved guidelines given by the government, hence the possibility of students spreading the virus among family members when they return from classes. The federal government should jettison the move as it poses a great danger to the fight against further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that can be mild, such as some cases of the common cold (among other possible causes, predominantly rhinoviruses), and others that can be lethal, such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. Symptoms in other species vary: in chickens, they cause an upper respiratory tract disease, while in cows and pigs they cause diarrhea. There are yet to be vaccines or antiviral drugs to prevent or treat human coronavirus infections.

Coronaviruses constitute the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae, in the family Coronaviridae, order Nidovirales, and realm Riboviria. They are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome and a nucleocapsid of helical symmetry. The genome size of coronaviruses ranges from approximately 27 to 34 kilobases, the largest among known RNA viruses. The name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning “crown” or “halo”, which refers to the characteristic appearance reminiscent of a crown or a solar corona around the virions (virus particles) when viewed under two-dimensional transmission electron microscopy, due to the surface covering in club-shaped protein spikes.

Human coronaviruses were first discovered in the late 1960s. The earliest ones discovered were an infectious bronchitis virus in chickens and two in human patients with the common cold (later named human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43). Other members of this family have since been identified, including SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 (formerly known as 2019-nCoV) in 2019. Most of these have involved serious respiratory tract infections.

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