The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has explained that compared to other countries with similar climatic conditions, Nigeria’s mortality rate of the disease is low due to the age bracket of most of those infected by the virus.
Chairman of the task force, Boss Mustapha, stated this after he led his team to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the progress of the national response to the pandemic at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday.
Speaking to State House correspondents, Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said 80% of the infections were in the age bracket of 31 to 40 years, which he described as a very active part of the population.
“Those are the ones that are within 80% that can weather the infections; some will show mild symptoms and not take ill severely.
“The 20% that is remaining from that are those that are likely to fall sick and 5% of the 20% are likely to be critical ill and require the level of oxygen and ventilation”
He said that is the reason young persons in isolation centres often say that they don’t know why they have been kept there since they don’t show symptoms.
According him, even when they have the infection, they are able to surmount it because of their level of energy.
However, he added that the PTF was worried about the remaining 20% as he said nobody knows who may become victim among them.
Therefore, he said, everything was being done to protect the vulnerable such as the elderly and those with underlying illnesses.
Non pharmaceutical interventions
Mr. Mustapha appealed to Nigerians to continue to adhere to the non-pharmaceutical interventions prescribed for the prevention of the corona virus infections.
He said since no vaccine has been invented, people should maintain social distancing, wear masks in public places; maintain proper hygiene of washing of hands and sanitizing, avoiding crowded environments and staying at home.
Mustapha said the recommendations made to the President during the task force’s briefing would be made known to Nigerians at its briefing on Monday.