COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria: A review

SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic in Nigeria




2019-nCOV, SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, Pneumonia, Acute Respiratory Distress syndrome, Nigeria


Background: An ongoing outbreak of pneumonia associated with a novel coronavirus was reported in Wuhan city, China. This new virus was named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) by the Coronavirus Study Group (CSG) of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. That disease, caused by the SARS-CoV-2, has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by the WHO. The outbreak has since spread across the globe, including countries in Africa.

Main body: The dominant mode of transmission is from the respiratory tract, via droplets or indirectly via fomites, and to a lesser extent via aerosols. 

The rapidity with which the infection spread throughout the world was unexpected. The disease has now affected 212 countries, areas, or territories, with more than 2.1 million total confirmed cases and over 144 thousand fatalities as at the time of writing. It, therefore, behooves countries of the world to take firm public health measures for the pandemic is to be contained.

Conclusion: Nigeria, with a population of at least 170 million people, is of global interest because a rapid rise in the number of infected people will have serious implications not only for the country but for the whole African continent.%MCEPASTEBIN%

Author Biographies

Charles Elikwu, Babcock University

Department of Medical Microbiology

Benjamin Carson College of Medicine

Oladapo Walker, Babcock University

Department of Pharmacology

Benjamin Carson College of Medicine

Professor of Pharmacology



How to Cite

Elikwu, C., & Walker, O. (2020). COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria: A review: SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic in Nigeria. Babcock University Medical Journal (BUMJ), 3(1), 11-26.



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