In these uncertain times all leaders are reassuring people we shall flatten the curve and return to normalcy. I thought to myself what if we embrace this as the new normal. A lifestyle of selflessness where the rich share with the poor, where a lavish life no longer makes sense but we live within our means and share the rest with the vulnerable, the same unity and solidarity showcased to fight covid is also used to mitigate climate change, connect more with family and nature, instead of buying guns leaders in Africa build more hospitals and pay medical workers well and finally put in place more remote learning measures to educate the African child. Most kids can’t go to school now because of corona virus but there are kids in the world that even during what you call normalcy, have to walk miles everyday cross rivers and lakes to access education. We all know that everyone is struggling to protect their life by hiding in their homes but what about the homeless and street kids?
Doctors and nurses are going an extra mile to save other people’s lives. The world has gone ahead to applaud their efforts in combating this novo deadly virus whose mutation is unknown whether natural or born in laboratories to create chaos and topple super powers.
Scientists report to the world that it affects the respiratory system just like its brother virus SARS and coincidentally both originated from Asia. I am sure that you have seen the diagram of the covid-19 virus, it has projections or hooks that attack the body cells mainly the lungs. But smokers are susceptible to the virus and stand high chances of advancing to the severe stage. The future of Africa is the youth so this is the best time to quit smoking and slaying to concentrate on thinking about saving the motherland. Most countries profit from Africa being the way it is in a sorry needy state. The corona virus may disrupt world order and bring new super powers if Africa is to heal this is the time to play the right card.
In this entire period, where is God? My atheist friend asked. Jerusalem, Medina and Vatican have announced lockdowns. I responded by saying let’s put aside religion but rather focus on the lessons drafted from this existing pandemic because I didn’t know any justifications I could use from the Bible nor the Quran.…In order to make my friend happy, I stated to him that even with the closure of churches and mosques, people are always in communication with God. In fact each home has now been turned into a church or mosque. He laughed it off and took a glass of lemon juice since we no longer have access to beer shops.
National budgets especially in Africa should invest more in health institutions and research concerning public health other than expenditure on military equipment. This pandemic is a wake up call. There maybe another just like it in the coming future. Authoritarian regimes have an upper hand in fighting Covid not because of their guns but strict lockdown measures working hand in hand with the health sector.
Fundraisings for food and basic needs all over the world even in the wealthiest nations should act as a reminder of the potential and harmony created when humans come together with their differences aside.
The undermining governments faced serious problems especially USA where their president called it the Chinese virus as if it was meant to stay in china. A virus knows no boarders or race. The UK prime minister who hugged patients in the hospital and went ahead to promise them on how everything was in control joined them a few days later as a patient. The lives of people are more important than the economy. I think Italians drew a lesson having failed to lockdown the northern part since it’s the economic heart of the country, this even strongly affected its economies.
Lastly, washing hands is not only for people on the frontlines but for everyone anywhere not only to stop Covid but any other disease. Let me hope washing hands regularly will turn into a norm.
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