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Insights into the Nigerian COVID19 Outbreak

These authors contributed equally to this work.
Version 1 : Received: 5 July 2020 / Approved: 9 July 2020 / Online: 9 July 2020 (10:49:11 CEST)

How to cite: Ugwu, C.; Adekola, A.; Adewale Fasoro, O.; Oyesola, O.; Heeney, J.; Happi, C. Insights into the Nigerian COVID19 Outbreak. Preprints 2020, 2020070181 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202007.0181.v1). Ugwu, C.; Adekola, A.; Adewale Fasoro, O.; Oyesola, O.; Heeney, J.; Happi, C. Insights into the Nigerian COVID19 Outbreak. Preprints 2020, 2020070181 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202007.0181.v1).

Abstract

Given the pace of SARS-CoV-2 transmission and its relatively high mortality rate, COVID-19, has the potential to become the most severe pandemic in recent times. This virus’s spread across international borders has triggered different responses in countries around the globe with a spectrum of mild, moderate to severe outcomes. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country with many densely populated cities, presents a unique situation for the explosive spread of SARS-CoV-2. However, at the point of this writing, the number of reported confirmed infection and mortality is comparatively lower to other countries with dense urban populations. The exact reasons for this are not clear but include societal, political and infrastructural factors that will influence the course of the outbreak in Nigeria. In this perspective, we have described the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and its associated peculiarities. We identify critical steps that remain to be taken to contain and control the outbreak in Nigeria.

Subject Areas

Nigeria; disease drivers; public health; COVID19

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