Kenya’s Most Googled Questions 2020

10 questions from 2020

2020 was a year of pandemics, politics and change across the world. Here’s what peaked Kenya netizen’s interests last year.

  1. 1. What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many different kinds, and some cause disease. A newly identified coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has caused a worldwide pandemic of respiratory illness, called COVID-19. (Johns Hopkins Medicine)

  1. What is curfew?

Curfew regulations require that people remain indoors at a specified time unless issued a special “pass”. Kenya implemented a dusk-to-daw curfew in March 2020 as part of measures aimed to stop the spread of COVID19. At present, curfew runs from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am. On January 3rd, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced an extension of the nation’s curfew until March 12. 

  1. What is happening in Nigeria? 

In 2020, protests against the nation’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) came to a head. The protests began on October 8, 2020, after a video showed assumes SARS officers shooting and killing a man in the southern Nigerian state of Delta. 

A demonstrator stands atop a vehicle and shouts slogans as others carry banners while blocking a road leading to the airport, during a protest over alleged police brutality, in Lagos, Nigeria October 12, 2020. REUTERS/Seun Sanni TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Protesters called for the disbandment of SARS with the hashtag #EndSARS on Twitter. On October 11, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari dissolved the unit.

Following two weeks of peaceful protests, videos began surfacing on social media showing demonstrators singing the national anthem amid sounds of gunfire. Eyewitnesses claimed that members of the Nigerian army initiated the shooting. Around 38 people were killed on October 20th alone. That same day, a 24-hour curfew was placed on citizens of Lagos.

  1. What is Halloween? 

Halloween is celebrated on October 31st. As it is observed in the U.S., Halloween celebrations include costume parties, visiting haunted attractions, watching horror films, and telling scary stories. Children also dress up in costumes and go door-to-door in search of candy. This activity is popularly referred to as trick-or-treating. 

  1. What is a fever?

A fever is a temporary increase in body temperature, often due to an illness. Having a fever is a sign that something out of the ordinary is going on in your body.

For an adult, a fever may be uncomfortable, but usually isn’t a cause for concern unless it reaches 103 F (39.4 C) or higher. For infants and toddlers, a slightly elevated temperature may indicate a serious infection. (Mayo Clinic)

Fever is a symptom of COVID-19. 

  1. What is BBI?

Kenya’s Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) was developed in 2018 by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga following months of post-election violence.

The BBI was tasked with looking at nine issues crucial to creating “a united nation for all Kenyans living today, and all future generations”. It has been questioned debated by Kenyans since it’s inception. 

  1. What is my IP?

An  Internet Protocol (IP) address is a unique number assigned to all devices when they connect to the internet. To use the internet, all connected devices must have an IP address. 

You can find out what your IP address is here

  1. What is entanglement?

An entanglement is defined as “a complicated or compromising relationship or situation” (Oxford Languages).

The term was popularized in 2020 following a Red Table Talk episode with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Jada Pinkett-Smith admitted to being involved in an extramarital relationship with 28-year old singer/songwriter August Alsina. 

“It all started with him just needing some help. Me wanting to help his health, his mental state,” said Pinkett-Smith. 

“From there, you know, as time went on I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,”. 

  1. What is hantavirus?

Hantaviruses are a family of viruses spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes in people worldwide.  Infection with any hantavirus can produce hantavirus disease in people. Hantaviruses in the Americas are known as “New World” hantaviruses and may cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Other hantaviruses, known as “Old World” hantaviruses, are found mostly in Europe and Asia and may cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS). (CDC)

  1. What is quarantine?

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. (CDC)

According to the CDC, quarantine requires that exposed individuals: 

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19

To find out more about what’s happening in Kenya, check out ThisNairobi’s “News” section.

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