DESTRUCTION OF A DECADE.
Tensions in the country have risen all over. The myth that black people are resistant to COVID-19 has been demystified. This is after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Press release on 3/15/2020. The virus had somehow found its way home. The novel coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China were it had wiped out close to four thousand people before crossing over to other countries. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, an infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
From Wuhan, the virus would spread from one country to another. It's a global village after all. From the Asian continent to Europe and finally across the pond. On February 28th an airline from China landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Onboard were 239 Chinese citizens. This alarmed Kenyans who took up to Twitter to express their disappointment in the government. This was mainly because China was the hotbed of the virus. Three weeks later the President issued a press statement. The virus had made its way into the country. In his statement, President Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed two more cases of the deadly coronavirus in Kenya. In his address to the nation on Sunday, he said the confirmations followed tests on 27 people who came into close contact with the country’s first patient. President Kenyatta said the two patients were also taken to the isolation centre at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) for treatment.
Since then, every Tom Dick and Harry has put up measures to ensure less spread of the virus. The statement sent many Kenyans into panic mode. Retail Stores all over the country started filling up with invigorated buyers. The common Mwananchi was heading to the call. Self-quarantine it was and for this to happen, people needed food. Kenyans reacted in a similar fashion to the news as the world. Everyone went into panic mode. From foodstuffs to toiletries, Kenyans were stacking up, panic buying is on an all-time high for no one knows when this pandemic will cease. This has forced most retail shops to put a cap on the number of items people can buy. The trepidation has trickled to other areas. In most public areas, sanitizers are offered to anyone who walks in. The public transport sector has not been left behind, Matatus too are have followed suit sanitizing customers before boarding. Most companies, firms, and trusts have taken the matter to heart and asked their workers to work from home.
I don't know when this madness will subside but one thing for sure, COVID-19 has had an everlasting effect our lives.