By Alpha Bedoh Kamara
If all human efforts seem to fail in making this world a global village through internet technology, bringing nations together through sports, and strategizing together in building a united force to protect the rights of everyone, the COVID-19 pandemic should now be the reason why we must all embrace one another for the good of all, not against one another.
In just a few months since the first case was reported the virus is almost taking over the whole world and crippling economies. Unfortunately, nations are still at loss for words about what measures will exactly stop the spread of the disease as the onslaught continues with growing fatalities.
From one country to the other markets are closing, cities put on lockdown as efforts are being implemented by local and international public health experts to control and stop the pandemic. However, we should also be aware that the world is just recovering from the Ebola shock that killed thousands of people in West Africa. And before the Ebola disease, the world was faced with the Avian flu virus, among others, which also have the tendency to cause grave world crises.
But one thing that has stood out over the present health pandemic, as it was with other public health crises, is people’s concern for others and willingness to reach out to support and help those in need. Just recently, I was listening to a radio talk-show host when a caller called to commend teachers.
“I never realised how we take teachers’ role in society for granted until now that my children are home with us,” the caller said, unfortunately noting “We never appreciate the role teachers play in our lives”.
Like the caller, many of us now realise that the things we take for granted are the most important things for our social, health and economic wellbeing.
COVID-19 has created a moment for reflection for most people to taking positive health decisions to protect themselves and others. It is only when people work together will there be a success at the end of the tunnel. One of the things we should be doing now to strengthen our love for one another is to listen to the authorities and heed to public health warnings by always washing our hands, staying home and keeping a safe distance.
If you love yourself, your family, your country, and you are a patriot – heed to your government’s public health warnings and do what is asked of you. This is a civic responsibility we should take ownership of and encourage others to follow for the safety of everyone.
I am sure you want your children to return back to school, you want to go out and have fun, visit the local zoo, or watch the latest movie with your friends; but cannot do that now for fear of the disease. That means you don’t need to be told to do the right thing because it is for you and your loved ones to heed to public health warnings so that the spread of the virus could be controlled and stop for all of us to again enjoy the things we take for granted in life.