It is funny that last year, we never thought that we would come to a place where we will be talking about face masks and now, it is only a few days till the month of May when face masks will be made compulsory in Lagos as well as in some other states but will face masks really protect us from the Covid-19 virus?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), face masks are intended for individuals in the community, public health and infection prevention and control (IPC) professionals, health care managers, health care workers (HCWs), and community health workers.
It is noteworthy that body fluids passed through coughing and sneezing can transmit the Covid-19 virus hence, face masks are necessary especially in this period when we cannot tell if the people we encounter when we are out, are infected.
Face masks contain filters that help trap dust particles, germs, and microorganisms before they come in contact with your face or nose which is a fertile breeding ground for the Covid-19 virus. If face masks are worn right, they can protect us from contamination to a very large extent, only if they are handled and worn rightly.
How should you wear a face mask?
– Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and sanitize your hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer, before putting on your face mask.
– Cover your mouth and nose completely with the mask and ensure there is no gap between your face and the mask.
– Avoid touching the face mask while it is still on. If that happens, wash your hands with soap and water and then finish up with a sanitizer.
– Replace face mask with a new one once it is damp and don’t re-use.
– Remove the face mask from behind and dispose into a bin immediately. Don’t forget to wash your hands thereafter.
Staying safe and healthy brings peace of mind, so please ensure that you don’t miss out on any information that can help you. Do you have your face masks already? Share with us in the comment box.
People build a nation and people build an economy. What this means is that once the general wellbeing of a group of people is threatened, it’s the ability to function effectively is questionable. We are having a glimpse of how disastrous this pandemic can be for the world if left unchecked.
Nigeria is a developing nation and is still recovering gradually from the economic recession of 2016 which was due to global oil price crash and insufficient foreign exchange earnings to meet imports. From the point when the first case of COVID-19 was discovered until when it began to spread wider, there has been a need to review and change earlier revenue expectations and fiscal projection. The oil price, for instance, is below $17 and it seems like it will go even lower.
The COVID-19 pandemic is also taking a toll on the employment rate. The last unemployment report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) ranks Nigeria 21st amongst 181 countries with an unemployment rate of about 23.1%, not forgetting that the nation has been rated the poverty capital of the world with approximately 87 million people living on less than $2 a day.
The pandemic may also lead to a fall in household consumption which will result from the partial or full restriction on movement (lockdown) like we have seen happening in Lagos, Ogun, and Abuja. This will cause people to buy only essential goods, leaving manufacturers of non-essential goods and services useless.
There is also the place of crumbling of wealth due to decline in assets like stocks and equity.
Having known all these, a greater responsibility is bestowed on us all to do all we can to make sure that we battle the COVID-19 virus together. Start by staying home to curb the spread, only then can we establish peace of mind in homes all across the nation. We are for a COVID-19 free Nigeria at Credit Direct but we cannot do it without you.
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Do you remember that popular song, “Enugbe, mo need owo”? ( It’s a Yoruba statement from Nigeria which means “I am cashless, I need money!”). This is a song normally sung by those who seem to have run out of cash, this, unfortunately, is the case for many people right now but we want to help you avoid being initiated into the ‘enugbe’ gang. Ride with us:
The golden question during a lockdown is how one can access emergency funds. And with these few tips, we hope that you will be able to save up enough funds to scale through a lockdown for as long as it might take.
1. Conduct an inspection! Now dear Mr. or Madam Inspector, did you notice that you have been spending less on restaurants, your gym membership, movies and trips to the mall? That extra cash should be going straight into your emergency piggybank because believe this – it will save your life!
In addition, check what you have at home, freezer, store, and pantry to see what you have so that you don’t end up buying what you already have. That is also some extra cash you could save, don’t you think?
2. Start a budget In building a budget, you are not only looking at what you are spending but you get to ask yourself if what you are about to spend on is essential or just unnecessary. Those shoes you want to buy can hold on while you manage your old shoes because really, who cares about what you are wearing during a lockdown? That treadmill can be replaced with a jumping rope and an evening stroll. In all, you need to embrace the challenge of having to live off less (at least for now)
3. Apply for a Cash2Go loan by CDL We understand that a lot of people might be reading this when it seems like it is too late. Well with CDL, all you get is peace of mind and of course, money in your pocket (wink). Give us a call today or simply send us a message to apply for our loan with no collateral.
In all, to save more money during a lockdown, Spending within your means is the keyword. Share with 3 people today to put a smile on their face.
Culture, we have learned, is the way of life of a people. Every tribe, region, state and country around the world has its own culture but with the advent of the Coronavirus, the whole world has unwittingly or out of necessity subscribed to a common culture – we find ourselves doing similar things like staying home, bulk shopping, using sanitizers, etc.
The virus disrupted the plans of both the government and individuals, but as sad as this might be, let us remember that there is life after COVID-19. It is one thing to acknowledge this but it is another thing to prepare for it. We would love to share some major areas in which you can prepare:
1. Develop yourself A lot of things will change after COVID-19 is over, things like the frequency at which we go out, how business is done, schools resumption, etc. This period is, therefore, the best time to equip yourself well enough to easily warm up to the new norm after the Pandemic ends. Read books, take courses, build healthy relationships, spend more time discovering yourself. Now is the time to build, not to feel hopeless
2. Plan, Plan, and Plan This would be the time to revisit the things you planned to do before COVID-19 but we cannot guarantee that you will end up doing it the same way you planned to, so you will need to go back to the drawing board. You might not end up working on the same project with the same person so what is your Plan B? You might need more money to execute that project, do you have a Credit Direct hotline on your Speed dial already? The areas to plan differ from one person to another but you shouldn’t be caught unprepared.
What plans of yours had to change because of Covid-19? Share with us in the comment box.
Why are we really on lockdown?
Just yesterday the president of Nigeria, President Buhari addressed Nigerians, extending the lockdown by 14 more days. We know that anxiety is increasing day by day and uncertainty lingers but this decision seems to be the best one so far. Let’s explain why the lockdown is necessary.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has informed us that the COVID-19 virus is spread primarily through body fluids of an infected person hence, the need to sanitize and wash our hands regularly, disinfect surfaces, avoid touching our faces and keep a safe distance from one another. The big question really is: If we keep moving everywhere, how long can we remain protected from the virus seeing that there are chances that we would come in contact with an infected person(s) as we go about our day?
If we really are truthful to ourselves in answering this question, we will begin to see every reason to cooperate with the federal government by staying at home which seems to be the best option for us to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus.
Imagine the difference it would make when you decide to stay at home – you are contributing your own quota by reducing the cases of the Coronavirus infection; you are increasing peace of mind for those in your community.
In the case that you run out of essential items like toiletries, foodstuffs or cash, remember that Credit Direct is here to help you with our loans which you can access in less than 24 hours – we won’t rest our oars in spreading peace of mind even in the face of a pandemic.
We will beat this, we are more than able but we will achieve this by first staying at home, and staying safe.
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“Stay safe! Stay home!” These words have become well known to the whole world. Now that we cannot but stay home, for many homes has become an office.
In this time that we are, there is a great need to quickly adapt and get used to the idea of working from home. There have been complaints from different people in different places about distractions, lack of motivation, ‘Junior’ scribbling on daddy’s presentation or typing sweet nonsense on mummy’s monitor, and the list goes on and on…
What if there are ways to make you feel more comfortable with working from home? Would that make you give us a “thank-you” virtual hug (#socialdistancing) after you are done reading this? If we have a deal, let’s slide right into it:
Important to have a separate casual chat channel to take a mental break from work, as we do in the office. While you are working remotely, it is ok to have casual informal breaks where people can catch up on other things to ensure the office jokes and laughs comes to live again.
Here are a few things that must be present in your home workspace:
– An actual office space: This doesn’t have to be elaborate like the one you have at your office but it should be somewhere that you have mapped out in your house that will be dedicated to work and work only. This helps you to focus and get your priorities right.
– Good lighting: As much as possible, have a light that is bright enough to read lest you start appreciating how beautiful your bed is. You need to stay awake to get quality work done and good light contributes to achieving this well all the time.
– Timer: Being at home gives a subtle aura of leisure and relaxation hence, it is easy to lose touch of time. So, whether you are working on a report, having a chat with a business partner, or replying a sales executive from Credit Direct who just informed you that your loan application has been approved, a timer helps you stay on track and you find out that you have enough time left to rest and attend to other matters.
Everyone can lead from the position they are in and set an example to inspire others. No matter who you are, ensure to lead in your space, be creative, be spontaneous, be impulsive with responsibility. Get the most out of situations and resolve challenges as they come up.
– A desk and a chair: Having this couple doesn’t just help condition your mind into work mode, it also leaves off a message to every member of your family that whenever you are seated on that chair, you have switched to “Do not disturb” mode.
Working from home can be more efficient than you imagined, you only need to make it work.
And there you have it: we just saved your life and we did it with no collateral; like our loans. What will you start doing today? Let us know in the comments.
Kids are one of the most lively, hyperactive bunch you would ever find in your lifetime. They are innocent, optimistic and really just want to do something – this tells us that as parents and guardians, it is up to us to properly help them channel their energy into productive activities and which benefits their physical, mental and social health.
With almost every kid cooped up at home, it’s almost certain that they are restless and driving you up the wall. Don’t bundle them up in the back seat of that new car you just got, thanks to Credit Direct Loans and drop them at the side of the road and zoom off, that’s breaking quarantine protocol. #staysafe.
Here are a list of things you can start doing today to engage your young ones during this period..
- 1. Create time to play with them
Activities like singing and dancing with your kids have over the years yielded tremendous results and one of them is that you are consciously helping them make lemonade when life throws them lemons. With the negativity going on and you as their parents constantly reminding them to wash and sanitize their hands regularly, playtime is a way to help them relax and stay away from the negativity flying all around the media and their environment.
2. Encourage them to start writing
This might not apply to younger toddlers because all they know at this point is to scribble. However when writing isn’t possible, drawing/painting is. This way, you are building their mental health as you encourage them to express their mood or emotions daily.
3. Create talk sessions
Are you a busy mum/dad? Is your child the introvert? This is a perfect time to bond better with your kids. A lot of parents are shocked at what their kids go through at a young age when they finally get to talk. Bullying, verbal or sexual abuse are very common things that kids face and until they voice out, kids have evolved into knowing how to keep a lot of secrets.
4. Play monopoly and other games to keep their brains active
Yes, we know you cannot lock them up all week long with only books and DIY videos, you should also play games with them, play pianos and other board games to help build their brain and keep their minds active. Most of these games help them make good decisions in life. The monopoly is a good game in achieving this. You might want to adopt it.
Getting your kids to talk to you also strengthens your bond with them. Today, create an hour or two when the day is almost over and call your kids to yourself. Start talking first and then give them the stage thereafter and watch your kids become your new besties.
Kids are individuals too, you need them more than you know it to remind you of all the many opportunities you can take advantage of, isolation or not.
So, drop the car keys slowly and let us know if these helped in the comment section.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 23 suspected cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been identified in Edo, Lagos, Ogun, FCT and Kano states, out of which one was confirmed positive “index case” with no death.
NCDC Director General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed this while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja, adding that as at March 7, there was no new confirmed case of COVID-19 in the country.
NAN reports that this was the eighth national situation report, following the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 disease in the country on Feb. 27, 2020.
Ihekweazu said that a total of 219 contacts were identified, including contacts from hotel, workplace and healthcare workers.
“No new contacts have been reported in Lagos and Ogun states,” he stressed.
He said the confirmed case was clinically stable at the designated treatment facility for COVID-19 at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) Yaba, Lagos.
He reiterated that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated at level three, had continued to coordinate the national response activities, led by NCDC.
Nigeria Records 8 New COVID-19 Cases has recorded eight new Coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total confirmed cases to 89. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known via a press release.
The statement said: “Eight new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Nigeria, seven in Lagos State and one in Benue. As of 4pm on March 28, there are 89 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria with one dead.
“For a breakdown of cases by states, Lagos currently has 59 cases, FCT– three, Ekiti –one, Oyo – three, Edo – two, Bauchi – two, Osun – one, Rivers – one, Enugu – two, and Benue – one.”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, said coronavirus has hit 46 African countries.The agency said there are over 3,778 confirmed COVID-19 cases across 46 countries on the African continent, with a total of 109 deaths reported. South Africa currently has 1,170 cases, making it the country most affected by the virus on the continent.
Lagos, considered the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria, is driving towards shutdown, as the country tries to prevent the spread. Many states in the country have asked people to stay at home, restricted gatherings and shut schools, bars, non-food markets and shops.