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5G, Coronavirus, Vaccines: Facts on the contemporary issues

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5G and Coronavirus conspiracy theory is topical and I don’t think it is dying down anytime soon. But whether we choose to believe it or not, Coronavirus is real and it is devastating the world socially and economically.

Like previous viruses, the vaccine will be discovered some day and administered to people in Africa, Europe, Asia and other continents. It does not matter the order as long as it is certified, portent and saves life.

But for some few countries, public vaccination is non-mandatory; so, participating in the inoculation will be voluntary. No one will be forced to take it as peddled around by some theorists.

I do not pray that anyone gets sick, but if you have ever been very sick, you would have realised, at some point, that the only thing that bothered you was regaining your health.

How you get treated, which medication was used, be it tablets, injections, vaccine and so forth is of little importance. Some believe they do not even need medications; their faith is sufficient to heal them.

All they need to do is to Pray Until Something Happens (PUSH). Good! “Health is not everything, but without health, everything is nothing.” I don’t know the author of this quotation, but I always see it at the doorpost of my bank’s clinic.

There are few questions begging for answers especially at this moment in our country. First, what is a virus? What is a vaccine? Why do we need vaccines made overseas? Finally, what is the relationship between virus and 5G? This last question is the most daring. I will try to provide answers to the best of my knowledge.

What is a virus?

Virus is a very small micro organism measuring one billionth metre. This means dividing one metre into one billion times. Very small indeed, but that is not the real gist.

It is neither a living nor a non-living thing. It does not have most characteristics of living things like nutrition, respiration et-cetra, but does have reproduction, a devastating feature.

It is simply a protein strand with a code called RNA (Ribonucleic Acid). Reproduction is by injecting its RNA into the cell of the host. Once inside, the RNA tricks the cell into producing new copies of the virus.

The new viruses will then burst open the cell, killing it and moving to attack other cells. The process is repeated indefinitely, if not stopped, until the host is overwhelmed and dies.

Fortunately, our maker is also the maker of these organisms; so, from the onset, we were designed with an internal defence mechanism called immune system.

The primary function of this system is to protect us from invasion by foreign bodies like viruses and bacteria.

The mechanism of its action it too complex to discuss here. But in a very simple explanation, it engulfs the foreign body, kills it, and removes it from the body.

One will be tempted to ask why then does virus kill the host even with this defence system. The explanation is thus.

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The defence system only acts based on immediate threat or if it knows beforehand the nature of the enemy. There will be no need deploying troops to Cross-Rivers, Adamawa and other frontier states in the east unless we are at war with Cameroon.

But what if we are at war with Cameroon (our immune system is always at war with one foreign body or the other) and most of our troops are stationed in the eastern states; and suddenly, Benin Republic attacks us.

It will take some time to redeploy soldiers to the western states to mount a defence. From how the immune system works, if we have not been attacked before by these soldiers, then we must create a new army for the battle, leading to further delays.

If we are punctual or we could quickly recruit new soldiers; perhaps, they might have taken over Lagos, Kebbi, Sokoto before we arrive, attack, and push them back.

But if we delayed (there are several reasons for this), they may  take over Kwara, all the western states, the whole north west and heading to Abuja.

At this point, we are very symptomatic. But, we can still mount a strong defence, with some external help (medications), defeat and clear them from our territory.

Chances are that even with external help, they may still defeat and occupy our territory (this means death of the host). Without external help (no curative medications) to slow them down, we could be much vulnerable and the outcome may be a blitzkrieg.

But what if we had prior knowledge of this attack? Some of their soldiers had made incursions into our territory and had engaged in a skirmish with ours (minor exposure).

In this case, we will be much prepared to fend off their attack. There is every likelihood we would defeat them or at least mount a stronger defence. That brings me to the second question. What is a vaccine?

What is a Vaccine?

Vaccination is a medical process of preparing the body to mount strong defence against known infectious disease. This is achieved by introducing a substance known as vaccine into the body to mimic actual infection and let the body develop antibodies (disease fighting protein) for such disease in readiness for future and real attack.

The easiest way to make a vaccine is by attenuating some disease-causing organisms and introducing them into the body. Once inside the body, our immune system will respond to the threat by developing antibodies.

But, because the organisms are weak, they won’t be able to cause the disease. It’s like fighting a war with soldiers who do not have ammunitions or with non-functional weapons.

But on the process, we would have known some features of these soldiers; their uniform, formation, tactical and strategic manoeuvres. With this knowledge, we would be much ready to deal with the real enemies when they strike.

The beautiful thing about our immune system is that once they are formed, they remain undispersed even when there is no immediate threat for a very long time.

For this reason, if an individual is vaccinated or survived a viral attack, such individual will be immune from that disease for years and sometime for life.

There are several types of vaccines depending on how they were made and the disease they intend to fight. Other classification can also be based on the stage at which an individual was inoculated.

Most vaccines are prophylaxis (preventive), but some are therapeutic (curative).

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