Everyday Threats: Things Around You


You wake up in the morning, have a coffee and breakfast, wash, go to work, check out the news and the odds at Betway on your way to work, you work, you eat, go home, relax, then go to bed – and you don’t know how many things you pass each day that represents a threat to human life. Let’s take a look at some of them today – perhaps this way even you will be able to keep a better eye out for them.

The flu

Influenza doesn’t seem very threatening to a healthy adult – all it causes is a week of discomfort, fever, and upper respiratory symptoms like sneezing, a sore throat, and such. There are people who won’t even stay home when they have the flu – they walk the streets, travel on the bus, and sit at their office while sick. But the flu is not something to be taken lightly – actually, it is one of the deadliest viruses in the world today.

By the total number of lives claimed ever, the influenza virus is the deadliest. Even without counting the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918 and the more recent H1N1, the flu claims hundreds of thousand lives each year. In Nigeria only, more than 300,000 people were killed by the flu in 2017 alone (according to the World Health Organization).


Last year, Nigeria had 11.5 million vehicles on its roads, taking people to work, kids to school, and merchandise to the stores around the country. People walk among them and ride in them day after day. They think of them as being useful and convenient – but they don’t think of them as a threat. But they are.

According to a recent report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), 2,598 Nigerians died in road accidents in the six months between October 2017 and March 2018. Although the number of road accidents has declined since the similar period of the previous year (from almost 5,000), the number is still significant. According to the World Health Organization, road injuries are the tenth in the list of the top causes of death worldwide, killing more than 1.4 million people each year.

The finer things

Enjoying a cigar and a glass of brandy is fine as long as you show moderation. But both of these can be a threat if you don’t. Alcohol and tobacco-related conditions are among the leading causes of death around the world each year. Alcohol kills 3 out of 100,000 people in Nigeria, the WHO’s records show, and more than 17,000 Nigerians die each year from tobacco-related health conditions – like lung cancer, for example.

These are the threats we face in our everyday lives. Hopefully, we’ll all learn to stay vigilant and avoid being affected by them for a long, long time.

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