Since Mid March of this year, the COVID-19 hashtag has been trending over a plethora of social media -Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and the likes. Like a new invention, the term suddenly became the talk of the whole town. Even peasants, market men and women have become familiar with the word which was aforetime known as 2019-nCoV by the World Health Organization but was later christened SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.
Unarguably, the ubiquitous nature of the disease which was first discovered in Wuhan, China, has caused more harm than good. Its destructive elements and tentacles has spread and is still spreading all round the globe making even the rich to tremble. Its cold hands has taken even the powerful and sent them to untimely graves. The whole situation makes one to believe that truly “the rich does cry too” and that if the storm can affect the one indoors, then the individual outdoors should be wary and careful too.
Initially, people including myself were sceptical about it. Many thought it was more of a myth and an assumption. However, as the process of time passed, reality like a shinning sun dawned on all making us undoubtedly believe that it was not a myth but a reality.
Economies of giant nations and world powers have started to shed tears to the goddess of nature for mercy and pity. This is because its quantum effects cannot be measured in any known way that can be comprehended by the mortal minds of men. Consequently, several organizations have sent their workers packing as they are unable to satisfy their monthly demands (salaries, arrears). This has further increased the rate of unemployment, poverty, homelessness and ultimately crime.
While doctors, nurses and other officials in the health environment are working assiduously round the clock to find and proffer lasting solutions in the form of vaccines to the epidemic, it seems the goddess of success and luck haven’t rewarded their efforts with any worthwhile achievement as it could take a year or more before the safety and efficacy level of the drugs could be ascertained.
According to the Forbes magazine, there are several questions about the disease which have not been totally answered. Some of these include: the deadly nature of the disease, the risk group as well as the rate of transmission. This has continued to cause a lot of worries and anxieties.
Apparently aware of the above scenario, the American Psychiatric Association, noted that “the ongoing pandemic is exerting the whole world both physically and mentally”. As a result of this, the question bothering the mind of all is: WHEN WILL COVID-19 END?
Current statistics obtained from the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that there are over 12,000 recorded cases across the world and over four thousand deaths. The record of deaths and casualties varies from one geographical location cum continent to another as only few countries such as Lesotho, Papua New Guinea, Anguilla and a others are yet to record cases and casualties (Daily Trust Newspaper).
Nigeria alone has recorded over a thousand cases and a considerable number of deaths according to the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC). Day by day and with several tests been conducted, these figures continue to rise on a geometric progression making one doubt if Nigeria and the whole world in general can actually escape from the bondage of the corona virus pandemic.
Religious leaders in their show of power have beckoned on the government to give them a chance to heal patients that have tested positive to the virus. Nothing fruitful however, seems to come from the many attempts they have made. This on its own is a wonder as the virus seemed to have defied all medical and spiritual solutions.
The question therefore of when the corona virus disease will be over seems challenging and proves somewhat difficult. The simple interpretation of this is that the virus could have a permanent circulation in human beings just like runny nose and other flu like and respiratory disorders.
Thus, it seems there is no end in sight to the virus been wiped out. Medical prophecies have emanated that if the current tempo of the virus is sustained, over a billion people will be wiped out from the earth’s surface. How scary this sounds! Do we then begin to count our days like the scripture advised?
Well, inasmuch as there is no need to entertain fears and other emotional angst, there would be need for developed countries to brace up and deploy machineries and technologies to collect relevant data that can assist in decision making in respect to the pandemic. Importantly, is the issue of coming up with a new approach and strategy that integrates a rational and realistic mechanism to deal with the pandemic and nip it in the bud.
I do hope the above suggestions end in victory.