Coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria has been confirmed in states, and the worry that it may soon spread to other parts is snowballing. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and other reputable organizations have the virus spread through droplets.
These droplets can be transferred to other persons through a handshake, car knobs, Automated Teller Machine (ATM), and other surfaces and channels. With the switch, the cashless economy, the use of ATMs and Point of Sale (POS) machine is more popular.
Malls, filling stations, Supermarkets, Pharmacies, banks now prefer to use the POS to reduce the amount of liquid cash they handle, and banks advise their customers to make use of the ATMs for none large withdrawals.
With the gospel being preached about taking precautionary measures against the spread of the coronavirus, the Ondo State Epidemiologist, Dr. Stephen Fagbemi, has advised that a disposable towel when using the ATM.
According to Dr. Fagbemi, it will be helpful if persons who plan to use the ATM can use if with their hands covered with disposable towels like tissue paper. He also added that using disposable towers is not enough, but the use of hand sanitizer immediately after use will be safer.
” People should have small disposable towers to punch the buttons on the ATMs, and when you want to use the doorknobs and when you are done dispose of the tower and apply hand sanitizer. We need to take caution now because nobody is using the ATMs in Italy and other countries now. If this virus spreads more than this, the use of ATMs will be the least of our problems.”
The Epidemiologist also added that the exchange of banknotes is a huge problem, ” that is where the problem comes, there is nothing we can do about that, except we use hand sanitizer.”
He added that Nigerians need to avoid congested areas and avoid none compulsory trips. His response to whether a religious country like Nigeria can avoid being among large crowds that gather in churches and mosques was strong.
” They just shot down Mecca, even the vertical is shot down, are we more catholic than the Pope? Everybody will comply if this spreads more than this”