A Former Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi and president, Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN), Dr. Mohammed Alkali, has punctured the widely held belief that hot temperature prevents the spread of the novel coronavirus.
THE DAILY VENDOR reports that while delivering a lecture on the disease at a meeting organised by the Bauchi State Muslims Coalition on Covid-19 for imams and other stakeholders in Bauchi, the former CMD stated that it was erroneous for people to assume that places with high temperatures could not be affected by the virus.
He pointed out that even countries with higher heat like Saudi Arabia had recorded more cases.
According to Alkali, the virus lives in human and animal bodies, adding that it could also be viable outdoors for as long as 12 hours. He explained that the pandemic affects lung, stays in throat and could manifest in fever, coughing, sneezing, body weakness and difficulty in breathing, among other symptoms.
Stating that social interaction increases the chances of contracting the disease, the ex-CMD added that practicing social distancing helps in containing its spread.
The physician, who advocated frequent sanitization of hands, also advised mosques on the use of fumigators as part of measures to check the spread of the pestilence among worshippers.