COVID – 19 PANDEMIC, GENDER AND VULNERABLE GROUPS IN NIGERIA

Alexander Ngozi Aniche (PhD), Juliana Aniche

Abstract


Corona- virus Disease (COVID – 19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered corona -virus. It was first identified amid an outbreak of respiratory illness cases in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Most people infected will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and may recover without requiring special treatment. Most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Covid-19 outbreak a global health emergency. Thus, Coronavirus affect both males and females. It cuts across gender but the vulnerable groups are the most affected by the Coronavirus. The first confirmed case in Nigeria was announced on 27th February, 2020. In Nigeria, the coronavirus is increasing the already existing inequalities between the rich and the poor and even creating new inequalities which are cutting across gender and hitting the vulnerable groups the hardest. Thus, the need for this work on Covid-19 pandemic, gender and vulnerable groups, especially in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized.


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Covid-19, gender, sex, gender roles, vulnerable group.

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