AN EVALUATION OF THE ROLE OF MEDIA IN PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF COVID 19 PANDEMIC IN NIGERIA

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Background to the study

The 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is running rampantly in China and is swiftly spreading to other countries in the world, which causes a great concern on the global public health. The absence of specific therapeutic treatment or effective vaccine against COVID-19 call for other avenues of the prevention and control measures. Media reporting is thought to be effective to curb the spreading of an emergency disease in the early stage. Cross-correlation analysis based on our collected data demonstrated a strong correlation between media data and the infection case data. Thus we proposed a deterministic dynamical model to examine the interaction of the disease progression and the media reports and to investigate the effectiveness of media reporting on mitigating the spread of COVID-19. The basic reproduction number was estimated as 5.3167 through parameterization of the model with the number of cumulative confirmed cases, the number of cumulative deaths and the daily number of media items. Sensitivity analysis suggested that, during the early phase of the COVID-19 outbreak, enhancing the response rate of the media reporting to the severity of COVID-19, and enhancing the response rate of the public awareness to the media reports, both can bring forward the peak time and reduce the peak size of the infection significantly. These findings suggested that besides improving the medical levels, media coverage can be considered as an effective way to mitigate the disease spreading during the initial stage of an outbreak.

0bjectives Of The Study

The aim of this study is to examine An evaluation of the role of media in preventing the spread of covid 19 pandemic in Nigeria. The specific objectives are to:

  1. To examine the availability, adoption, and impact of technology and the media in the management of COVID-19 Outbreak in Nigeria
  2. To investigate the media tools used to communicate information on Covid-19 outbreak to Nigerians
  3. To examine the different challenges of adopting and use of technology and the media in the management of COVID-19 Outbreak in Nigeria
  4. To understand the benefits of adopting and use of technology and the media in the management of COVID-19 Outbreak in Nigeria
  5. To find out media tools are more widespread and accessible across varying geographical locations in Nigeria.

Research Questions

  1. What is the level of adoption, use and impact of technology and the media in the management of COVID-19 Outbreak in Nigeria?
  2. What are the media tools used to communicate information on Covid-19 outbreak to Nigerians?
  3. What are the challenges of adopting and use of technology and the media in the management of COVID-19 Outbreak in Nigeria?
  4. What are the benefits of adopting and use of technology and the media in the management of COVID-19 Outbreak in Nigeria?
  5. What media tools are more widespread and accessible across varying geographical locations in Nigeria.

 

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