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In the last few weeks, there have been a lot of information and panic on the COVID19 pandemic. Amidst all the information on #Covid19 flying around, including mistruths, it’s prudent that we learn the science behind this pandemic and take the necessary precautions.
What is COVID19?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic
This means they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
Symptoms of COVID 19
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
How to Prevent Spread
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
Stay safe everyone.
Primetime Limited, producer of the National Science & Maths Quiz and its satellite programmes, the Mentorship Sessions and SciTech Fair, appreciates the outpouring of support during the month-long event. The support came from old students who thronged the competition venues to support their alma maters and others who donated various items and cash to their schools’ teams to aid in their preparation for the competition.
The support for this year’s edition also came from our many fans on social media who followed every single post we made about the event. Noteworthy also is the support we received from the media, with Citi 97.3 FM leading the way. with live broadcasts and insightful discussions about the competition.
In spite of the success of the NSMQ2017. the theft of Dr Elsie Effah Kaufmann’s handbag at the National Theatre is an unfortunate incident that seems to overshadow the immense effort that Primetime, as the owners of the programme, the 135 competing schools, the contestants and teachers, put into making this year’s edition the great success that it was.
We are working with the Police to find the culprit and bring him to book. As the owners and producers of the programme, we are determined that all necessary precautionary measures be taken to ensure this unfortunate incident does not happen again.
We would also like to show our appreciation to Ove bags for the lovely bags and to Cazabella designer costume jewellery for the beautiful piece of jeweller)’ presented to the quiz mistress, Dr Elsie Effah Kaufman on Monday, 3rd June 2017. to console her on the loss of her bag and its contents. We are also grateful to Dayans Eye Sendees for replacing the quiz mistress’ lost reading glasses. May God richly bless you for your kind gesture.
The National Science & Maths Quiz has been a part of the calendar of Senior High Schools in Ghana since 1993 and Primetime will build on the success of the 2017 edition as planning would soon commence towards the 2018 edition.
The 2017 edition of the National Science & Maths Quiz was sponsored by the Ghana Education Service. GES, through the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and supported by Tigo, GOIL. Prudential Life Insurance. Accra College of Medicine and GCB Bank. The competition was also supported by Citi FM. Pulse Ghana. Radio Univers. GhanaThink Foundation. TV Africa. GTP. Unicorn Car Rentals. Dunken Beads and Hawtie Make-Up.
We welcome other corporate bodies and individuals who have education at heart to join us in promoting the study of Science and Mathematics in our schools.
Signed: NANA AKUA A. ANKOMAH ASARE MANAGING DIRECTOR