I really never wanted to get deep into the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic issue. Talking about it makes me realize how much it is affecting everything around me. There is so much fear, anxiety and panic resulting from the pandemic. Some couples spending long periods of time together at home as a result of the quarantine measures is leading to damaged relationships, there has been a case of deaths for instance after a woman accused of exhibiting coronavirus symptoms by her family committed suicide from the stigma the disease causes among many other negative effects the disease has brought about. For the first time in a long time we are having a common problem affecting all of us. The virus does not choose who to affect depending on skin color, age, race or social status. It does not discriminate on how light skin or dark skin you are, how poor or rich you are or even how healthy or sick you are. I will be going through how its affecting our day to day life and how to stay safe and survive the pademic.
If you are a parent you have soo much work to do. Personally I have a 1 year old son and a 10 year old niece. My son who is teething always has his fingers in his mouth rubbing his gum. They also loves playing outside. It is really hard to teach them to not do all these things because I cannot trust any surface to be as clean as I would like, so someone has to always keep an eye on him.
My work does not give me the luxury of working from home so I am still going to work. The number of clients for the business have greatly reduced and we are trying to attend to the few that are coming in. I can only stop going to work if the worst comes to worst and there is a lockdown. I happen to interact with lot of people through out the day, so I have measures in place on arriving home to avoid carrying any possibility of the virus into my home. On getting home from work I rush to the bathroom, soak all my clothes and take a shower.
Another big thing for me is limiting visitors into the house. Assume everyone including you, is infected. You don’t know where people are coming from or who they have interacted with. The virus does not show any symptoms immediately, so you may welcome to your home someone who does not show symptoms and end up affecting the whole family or affecting the visitor on the other hand. The fear of not knowing if you have the virus or a normal flu during these times is also a reality. I had recently developed irritations on my throat since the first case of the virus was announced in Kenya and I really freaked out. I had to go the hospital for tests twice. Above everything, lets focus on being calm and take the neccesary measures. Have all the information on; how the virus spreads, it’s sysmptoms and how to avoid catching it. Rely on trusted sources for the information like the World HeaLth Organization (WHO). If you have anxiety issues you can watch less news but stay informed. Just know what is important for now to be safe.
Guys travelling to the rural areas now also risk taking the virus there. Lets remember, this is where we have our parents and grand parents who are older and probably have health issues. The virus is taking down the older polulations in greater percentages than the young population. Its gets worse if you have pre-existing health conditions. The best we can do is stay at our homes and avoid unnecessary momement.
I totally empathize with those of us going through a stressful time, probably from being forced to cancel important events, sick people who had to travel outside the country for treatment and they cannot with all the restrictions and the list goes on. If you are going through this take time and relax, since this is an issue we cannot control. Look for solutions to get you back to normal life and keep a positive outlook of hope. Listen to what you love, smell what you love or even take time to see what you love. Talk to people you trust.
Talk to people you trust because a problem shared is a problem half solved. We are all in this together.
The pandemic has hit the world hard, the economy is going down, businesses are not as vibrant and employers maybe forced to layoff their employees or force them into unpaid leave since some business cannot sustain themselves. Those who are sent home for leave or worse still layed off have families to feed and bills to pay. With such a situation you will find increased mental health cases. Lets handle the situation calmly and also check on one another.
Our confirmed cases are rising in Kenya everyday, the Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has made it clear that the cases touch every corner of our capital city, Nairobi. Basically if you are in Nairobi, you sholud be more careful. Store enough food for your quarantine, use this time for self care and connect with yourself in all ways. If you have a balcony or a backyard you can grow greens, tomatoes, onions, name them.we can get all solutions to survive.
STAY SAFE ♥️