The Okada “Covwise” and The Graduate Covidiot

The Okada “Covwise” and The Graduate Covidiot

So you think this is a fluke I asked him. He boldly replied yes! The government just wants to use this medium to steal the allocated money meant to fight the virus, no real case of the coronavirus in Nigeria he boldly added.  This was me in a conversation with a graduate whom I felt should be educating others about the importance of social distancing and staying at home as much as possible.  Alas, he was an educated covidiot whom I needed to educate.

Covidot,  a new term attribute to the urban dictionary is defined as a stupid person who stubbornly ignores social distancing protocol thus helping to further spread COVID-19. I will add to that, anyone that refuses to stay at home and is not on the exemption list.  Covwise, on the other hand, is my word which means the opposite of covidot.

On the same day, I was with this educated covidot in Abuja – a state that had confirmed cases of the virus – I met an okada covwise. I had hopped on his bike to return home and hoped that during the drive, I could educate him on how to prevent the spread of the virus but to my amazement, he had more information than the graduate. I was so elated that I added him extra cash and wished him well as he had agreed to practice staying at home.  

The virus is real and affects both the rich and poor, celebrities, market woman, bus conductor and any human at that.  To see your risk of exposure to the virus, click here and answer the questions.  The  COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on economies and lives globally. Don’t wait till it gets close to your before you believe its real.

“We sometimes think the world’s problems are so big that we can do little to help. On our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine.”

– Her Majesty The Queen

Life is hard right now but together we will beat this virus, pick valuable lessons to make the world a better place. There is hope. Keep spreading love and be empathetic. Don’t lose your humanity. Here are some things you should know about the virus and how you can help flatten the curve and stop the spread of the virus.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that causes illness in humans and animals. COVID-19 is the recently discovered infectious disease.  The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.

Majority of the health care facilities across Africa can barely handle a large outbreak at the moment so please, wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, maintain social distancing and as much as possible, stay at home. For more reliable information, visit or send hi to +41 22 501 76 15 the WHO Whatsapp Contact.

This too will pass by God’s grace. While God is doing His part, play your part too and don’t be a covidiot.