When someone says we are in the middle of a pandemic, I want to scream, how do you know? Being in the middle of a pandemic should mean that we have moved from the beginning of the onslaught. If we have progressed from the beginning to the middle phase then we have one more step to go to get us to the end of the pandemic and the battle against Covid-19 will be won.
Middle of a pandemic are words which I used to let slide over my head but lately I cringe when they are said because who knows where we are with this killer virus? We might be at centre stage but one thing is imminently clear, we are not near the end of it yet. No one knows for sure what the situation is with Covid-19. We could still be at the starting point. If the world headlines are anything to go by, we may have enjoyed the middle status for a time but sadly now find ourselves catapulted back to the start. At the moment we are in yo-yo land. The pace at which Covid-19 is spreading worldwide is alarming. It is sad when our country does well in its efforts in beating Covid-19 due to our sheer willpower in following the rules that when an upsurge occurs, it seems like one step forward and two steps back. We are all experiencing a roller coaster of emotions. Collectively, we are all in this together, undergoing similar feelings worldwide. When we do secure an effective vaccine I’m sure the whole world will simultaneously give a collective sigh of relief and gratitude. Relief to secure an injection to protect all our vulnerable in society and gratitude for the studious scientists who are committed to providing a safe vaccine for our at risk group.
The frame of mind a person endures due to covid-19 is similar to the one humans suffer when a loved one dies. With the onset of covid-19 there was a sudden rush of fear. Fear of the unknown until we learned more about this enemy. Fear was followed by a sense of denial which was replaced by anger and finally acceptance of something which you cannot alter or control. When you accept any given situation it is much easier to move on in a positive manner and deal with the repercussions which might occur. Acceptance gives strength. Strength gives courage. Courage helps us to face the impossible and conquer it. We all need courage to beat this virus. Our courage will help us to follow the rules which are implemented for our own good and the good of others. Rules function best when they are followed. We are lucky. The rules are minimal. They are easy to understand and follow.
- If you experience any of the symptoms of covid-19 you should self-isolate and contact your doctor and explain your condition to him.
- When you are in a crowded place and social distancing cannot be adhered to then it is safer to wear a face covering.
- When you cough or sneeze you should use a handkerchief. If you do not possess one then you should use the inside of your elbow.
- Keep a distance of two metres between you and the person next to you unless you live with that person.
- Wash your hands with soap and water regularly especially when you arrive home after being in a crowded place.
I’m sure you will agree that these rules are simple. If we all follow them we are on track to beat covid-19. We can get from the middle of the pandemic to the end of it, hopefully, with ease. If we do not follow the rules and instead blame everyone else for the spread of this virus we will continually revert to the start. Each of us has a part to play so let this be the greatest game we ever played and play our part to the best of our ability and in so doing, will manoeuvre us effectively from the middle of the pandemic to the end of it. I for one will be glad to ease out of the middle of the pandemic because if I hear those words again, I trust we will be stuck in the middle for longer.