Who said its going?! Well, we ain’t certain if it is here to stay, since as it sweeps on African countries with infections and deaths, as usual, we still await upon the west for the cure.
The pandemic introduced a new and ever first calmness, which was brought by the lockdown. The ‘forced’ program by African governments yielded two faces; the positive and negative, good and bad, advantages and disadvantages to it- which depended upon people’s location, and placing.
First, this lockdown further helped public dig deeper in history to further discover or prove how something similar had ever happened. Yes, the Spanish Flue, which similarly once nearly swept the earth.
For once, families, or all statues had to ‘forcefully’ reunite, since they all had to stay home. Yes, the busy work, hustle, toil schedule was muted, or paused, that parents clearly got to recognized in observation of how grown their kids are, or how they behaved while home.
But it can’t be denied how this confinement led to other couples splitting too, since to some who would play hide and seek- where the jobs had sheltered many from facing their spouses- reality hit in, and hence Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases registered.
GBV cases weren’t only directed towards wives only, but to also kids, boys and girls, were abuses were worse.
The lockdown further opened us into realisation of what jobs and activities the world and society can do without. Yes, the world saw most jobs halted, since they weren’t that essential to the ailing public, yes! ‘They can wait!’
Essential jobs like the Medics, Security organs and Media, were and are still on the frontline, while farmers too operated on, since we all had to be fed. But, more and more employees have been laid off from jobs, as employers aren’t earning
With activities halted, everybody back home, feeding was still an requirement- though not everybody could afford it, that with no doubt; famine resulting to death might have certainly hit vulnerable families, who away from their daiky jobs-couldn’t afford a daily meal.
The fact that most governments lifted the lock down doesn’t imply that the pandemic has been contained, but because they need to survive and sustain life.
But some, if not most African countries still stagger in doubt; wondering if the Covid-19 is a politicized fallacy, a fuss, a scam planned by some niche of highly placed world leaders to stagnant economies. Most African youth have given up on crucial health guidelines; which explains the drastic rise in infections, which will definitely spark more deaths.