It’s official – the stock market has become unstable. It’s official – every sporting activity has been suspended until further notice.
It’s official – the coronavirus is a pandemic.
A pandemic is a disease epidemic that has spread across a large region, for instance, multiple continents, or worldwide. And WHO has officially declared the spread of the coronavirus, a pandemic. It has become a matter of concern for us in this part of the world as well, because there are cases of infected personnel in South Africa, Senegal, Togo, and Ghana.
The issue with the pandemic now isn’t the fact that it’s a pandemic but how it has been portrayed.
I’m sure if HIV/AIDS and Ebola were people, they would be baffled at how much chaos and confusion the world has been thrown into because of Coronavirus.
This isn’t to undermine its effect on the world globally – the main defining point, which many people are refusing to see and pressing the panic button about is the rate at which people are dying.
The truth is many more are infected and that is the worrying aspect of things, with some cases of people making recoveries, but yes, mortalities have been recorded and people have died. But the truth is we should be worried, because considering our history, the coronavirus is merely going to add to the already growing list of diseases and infections the world is already battling.
People don’t realize this, but pandemics never actually go away. HIV/AIDS is still a pandemic and so is Malaria. They aren’t necessarily dealt with, they merely lose steam and become limited to localities and portions of the world. And then we go back to our routine life until the next one hits.
In recent lifetimes, if nothing at all, we witnessed Ebola and what it did. Interestingly, there were cases of Ebola last year before the Coronavirus took the spotlight on the main stage. The fact that this is even a fact on the ground is a worrying issue for us all.
It isn’t just a time for us to try and figure this out, but we need to be proactive about the other diseases that are just waiting to jump into the fray, it’s a sign to humanity – for all of us to step up.