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‘What To Do If You Can’t Taste, Smell Four Weeks After Surviving COVID-19’



If you contracted COVID-19 and have recovered, this is a must-read for you.

Scientists warn that many survivors of COVID-19 who lost their senses of taste and smell may not recover those senses after other symptoms of the disease might have disappeared.

According to preliminary data from clinicians, about a quarter of recovered COVID-19 patients say they regained their senses of taste and smell within two weeks of other symptoms disappearing.

Researchers, however, said long-term data is needed to determine when those who did not report an improvement in two weeks recovered their ability to taste and smell.

“It could take months, and some physicians say they may never recover those senses,” the scientists warned; adding, “This may put up more barriers to full recovery for COVID-19 patients, causing emotional distress and anxiety.”

Speaking to our correspondent on the issue, Public Health Physician, Dr. Helen Omuh, says loss of smell in COVID 19-is usually temporary and will be restored within two to four weeks.

Omuh, however, said if the loss of smell was not restored within two to four weeks, patients should see their clinicians for review as soon as possible to rule out the presence of other diseases.

She said impaired sense of smell could be prevented by people avoiding things that they are allergic to.

Omuh, who is a Deputy Director/Head of Department, Prevention, Care and Treatment at the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria, said loss of sense of smell, called anosmia, is one of the symptoms of coronavirus disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection.

“More than 50 percent of patients have been reported to develop the symptoms, making it more common than fever and cough.

“The exact mechanism is not known, but a team of international researchers, led by neuroscientists at Harvard Medical School, reported that the nerves responsible for smell (called olfactory sensory neurons) do not express the ACE2 receptor proteins required by the virus to enter cells.

“However, these proteins are found in the cells that provide metabolic and structural support to olfactory sensory neurons. It is the infection of these cells that cause temporary loss of smell in COVID-19 patients.

“There is reassurance that the loss of smell in COVID-19 is usually temporary and will be restored within two to four weeks. But if not restored, see your clinician for review as soon as possible to rule out other diseases and treat those that are treatable,” Omuh counselled.

The World Health Organisation had, in May, added the loss of smell and taste to its list of symptoms of COVID-19, which are, headache, fever, dry cough, tiredness, aches and pain, sore throat, diarrhoea, skin rash or discolouration of fingers and toes, and conjunctivitis.

According to WHO, more serious symptoms are, difficulty of breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, loss of speech or movement.

Besides COVID-19, Omuh also identified use of drugs like cocaine, and allergic rhinitis, as common causes of impaired sense of smell.

“Allergic rhinitis are inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose due to allergy; septal deviation which is sideways displacement of the wall between the nostrils with unilateral nasal obstruction.

“Others common causes are post-viral like common cold virus; neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases; or psychiatric disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia; as well as head injury,” Omuh explained.

For the less common causes, she added, “Systemic diseases with nasal manifestations, such as granulomatous with polyangiitis; healthcare related causes such as nasal surgery, laryngectomy, and medication; among others.”

On how to prevent impaired sense of smell, the physician urged people to adhere to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control infection prevention and control guidelines to avoid being infected with COVID-19.

Omuh also counselled people to avoid things that they are allergic to, and to shun illicit drug use.

“Ensure treatment of possible underlying illnesses or causes – for example, clinician may change or discontinue medication.

“For treatable causes, ensure you see a clinician for detailed review and diagnosis,” she said.

For people who suddenly developed impaired sense of smell, she advised them to self-isolate until they may have been tested for COVID 19.

Source: HealthWise

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2020 Headies nominations (Full List)



Nigeria’s premier music award show, Headies, has released the nomination list for the 2020 Award show.

2020 Headies nominations (Full List)

As anticipated by many, stars like Wizkid, Burna Boy and Fireboy lead the nominations,.

See the full nomination list below;

Here the full list of Nominees for Headies Awards 2020

1. Best recording of the year:

– Brymo – Ozymandias
– Burna Boy – Wonderful
– Fireboy DML – Dreamer
– Wizkid – Smile
– WurlD – Ghost Town

2. Producer of the year

– Pheelz – Billionaire by Teni
– Spax – Away by Oxlade
– Kel P – Pull Up by Burna Boy
– Sarz – Mad by WurlD

3. Best Rap Album

– AQ – God’s Engineering
– Ill Bliss – Illy Chapo X
– Psycho YP – YPSZN2
– PayBac – CULT!
– Erigga – The Erigma 2

4. Best Alternative album

– Brymo – Yellow
– Asa – Lucid
– Bez – The Light
– DRB – Pioneers
– The Cavemen – Roots

5. Best Pop album

– FireboyDML – APOLLO
– Burna Boy – African Giant
– Davido – A Good Time
– Yemi Alade – Woman of Steel
– Adekunle Gold – Afropop Vol. 1

6. Song of the year

-Davido – Fem
-Wizkid – Joro
-Naira Marley – Mafo
-Simi – Duduke
-DJ Neptune, Joeboy & Mr Eazi – Nobody

7. Best R&B album

-Fireboy DML – LTG
-Praiz – King
-Chike – Boo Of The Booless
-Tiwa Savage – Celia
-Sarz & Wurld – ILGWT

8. Best Music Video

-Clarence Peters – Eli
-Director K – 1 Milli
-Meji Alabi – Smile
-TG Omori – Billionaire
-Ovie Etseyaye – Wombolombo

9. Best R&B single

-Simi – Duduke
-Sarz & Wurld – Mad
-Omah Lay – Bad Influence
-Tiwa Savage – Dangerous Love
-Fireboy DML – Tattoo
-Praiz – Under The Sky

10. Best Rap Single

-Reminisce – OGB4IG
-ILLBLISS – Country
-Phyno – Get The Info
-Falz – Bop Daddy
-Blaqbonez – Shut Up

11. Best Collabo

-Sweet in the middle
-Don’t call me back
-Know You
-Get The Info

12. Best Vocal Performance (Male)

-Wurld – Ghost Town
-Chike – Forgive
-Praiz – Under the sky
-Cobhams – Plenti
-Nonso Amadi – What makes you sure
-Johnny Drille – Count on you


-Omah Lay
-Bella Shmurda

14. Headies Revelation

-Victor AD
-Fireboy DML

15. Lyricist on the roll

-AQ – Eunice
-Blaqbonez – Define Rap 2
-M.I Abaga – The Trinity
-illBliss – Country
-Phenom – Get The Info
-Phyno – Speak Life

16. Best street hop artists

-Naira Marley & Young Jonn – Mafo
-Mayorkun – Geng
-Reminisce – Instagram
-Rudeboy – Audio Mone
-IVD ft Zlatan – Bolanle
-Olamide – Pawon

17. Best Alternative Song

-Lady Donli – Corner
-Moelogo – I Wonder
-Deena Ade – Bitter
-The Cavemen – Anita
-Gbasky – Money Devotion
-Olu – God save the queen

18. Album of the year

-Burna Boy – African Giant
-Fireboy DML – Apollo
-Adekunle Gold – Afropop Vol 1
-Brymo – Yellow
-Chike – Boo of the Booless

19. African Artiste Recognition

-Master KG
-Kuami Eugene
-Sauti Sol
-Shatta Wale

20. Headies Viewers Choice

-Burna Boy
-Fireboy DML
-DJ Neptune

21. Rookie of the year

-Alpha P
-Bad Boy Timz

22. Songwriter of the year

-Simi – Duduke
-Fireboy DML – Dreamer
-Burna Boy – Way Too Big
-Omah Lay – Bad Influence
-Wurld – Ghost Town
-Adekunle Gold – 1 Milli

23. Special Recognition

Eedris Abdulkareem & Timaya

24. Hall of fame

-King Sunny Ade


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Anticipated Movie, ‘Quam’s Money’ to host Star Studded Premiere in 4 Different Locations at the Same Time | December 6th



The star-studded premiere of the much talked about blockbuster, ‘Quam’s Money,’ is set to take place on December 6th, 2020 at 4 different locations around Nigeria at the same time.

The Inkblot Productions, Filmone Entertainment, and House 21 movie will be screened at all 4 locations for select audiences consisting of the movie’s cast — Falz, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Williams Uchemba, Toni Tones, Michelle Dede, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Jemima Osunde, and many other Nigerian entertainment industry A-listers.

Quam’s Money’ is an action-comedy which follows the character of Quam aka Sweet Boy Q, a security-guard-turned-millionaire, who does everything to get his money back after losing N500 million to a group of fraudsters in a phoney business deal. It is the sequel to the 2018 hit movie ‘New Money,’ and sees Falz reprise his role from the first movie, this time as the lead character. It is directed by Kayode Kasum (Sugar Rush) and written by Chinaza Onuzo (Up North)

‘Quam’s Money’ will be available for public viewing in cinemas across Nigeria from December 11th, 2020.

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Senate urges FG to procure COVID-19 vaccines for Nigerians



The Senate has urged the Federal Government to make sufficient funds available for procurement and administration of COVID-19 vaccines for Nigerians.

It described as unfortunate the failure by government to produce a plan for the purchase, distribution and administration of the therapy despite the fact that many nations globally had done so.

Adopting a motion sponsored on Thursday, Dec 3, by Senator Oloriegbe Ibrahim during plenary presided over by Senate President Ahmad Lawan in Abuja, the upper legislative chamber directed its Committee on Health and Primary Health Care to summon the Ministries of Health and Finance, as well as the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and other relevant agencies for their plans.

The lawmakers regretted that “the only plan on COVID-19 vaccine for Nigeria is the pledge by Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI) to support 20 per cent of the country’s requirement.”

This support, according to them, would cover only the cost of the treatment without taking care of logistics for distribution and administration.

The legislature added: “Despite the change in the epidemiology trends of the disease, the financial plan developed by the country and World Bank in April 2020 to fund the response to the pandemic is still being implemented without taking due cognisance of the changes by re-allocating the funds to vaccine procurement.”

It noted that failure to administer vaccines in the nation would result in Nigeria’s inability to contain further infections and a possible ban on Nigerians by countries across the world.

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