As at today, Saturday, November 28, 2020, out of 61,319,899 cases that had been recorded to have contacted Covid-19, 1,438,508 of the total cases had been reportedly dead in different countries of the world.
This means that those casualties in one way or the other had had fever, dry cough, tiredness, aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, or other that might have forced them to death.
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COVID-19 pandemic is now the defining global health challenges rocking the world in our time and greatest challenge it has posed to human existence since World War Two.
Daily, people are losing jobs and income, with no way of knowing when normality will return. The International Labour Organization estimates that 400 million jobs could be lost.
The World Bank projected that a US$110 billion decline in remittances this year, what could mean 800 million people will not be able to meet their basic needs.
As the world continues to seek for solutions through different medications and other preventions, two Nigerians, Ifedayo Ojo and Samuel Akinola are on the verge of making history in the $.1M Next-Gen Mask Challenge that aims to reimagine protective face masks used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by making them more comfortable, functional, accessible, and even stylish.
Samuel and Ifedayo are members of the Naija Force Team from Nigeria working on reusable Naija Face mask that is transparent and light as a feather that will make people forget that they are putting on masks.
According to Ifedayo, “the straps can be worn around the ears or head, and there is a flap that allows the wearer to drink presumably through a straw without taking off the mask”
The lads aim to use their innovation to positively reflect on Nigerian youth, too. “That in spite of all we are made to contend with, we remain resilient,”
Ifedayo said that it took his team almost nine weeks from conceiving the novel idea till delivery.
“For us, it was more than just developing a product for the contest, it was a movement as part of a revolution for the hope of a better country and the world at large.
We worked on developing a mask that could help reduce the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus while enabling people live life unrestrictedly even if it meant protesting bad leadership and keeping safe.
The XPRIZE Foundation is a nonprofit that was founded in 1994, and has designed and operated seventeen competitions in the domain areas of space, oceans, learning, health, energy, environment, transportation, safety and robotics.
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