The warning was issued through a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Mr Ademola Babalola, and Secretary, Mr Sola Oladapo.
The statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Sunday cautioned journalists in the state to be very careful in the discharge of their duties.
The Nigeria News Agency recalls that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday announced four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infected persons in the state which increased the total to seven.
The union warned members to be cautious in performing their roles as essential service providers, saying the extent at which the virus was spreading was alarming.
“Truly, our services are very essential at this period when the world is ravaged by Coronavirus (COVID-19). The public look on to us for information on this global pandemic.
“Our job leaves us more exposed to the ravaging virus. The rate at which this virus is spreading has become very alarming and it is no respecter of anyone.
“As journalists, we must be very careful of how we carry out our duties without being infected,” it said.
It commended members for their services at this trying period, praying that God would continue to protect them from all forms of infections.
Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Tajudeen Atitebi