ON the verge of the roll-out to start the new normal re the Covid-19 pandemic our advisers seem stuck in the “wash your hands” mode and the public is none-the-wiser about how to handle a second wave or a new version of the virus.
All efforts are aimed at confining the healthy: lockdown at home, washing hands, social distancing, no hugging, no kissing, no touching and limiting outdoor activities, curtailing the enjoyment of the fresh air and sunshine.
Stop treating us like irresponsible children. Biologists will tell you that we are all walking carriers of viruses. They accompany us like our shadow. However, they do not infect most of the population because the human immune system puts up the perfect defence.
The number one way to suppress the virus is to educate the public about how to boost and keep this natural defence mechanism in pristine condition. Why isn’t this angle given top priority as a treatment? The symbolic gestures mentioned above are all second division support systems. Statistics show that in the majority of Covid-related deaths the deceased had underlying medical conditions related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma. This information shared with the public will forewarn those affected and hopefully encourage a turnaround in their behaviours.
The containment of the virus is left to the scientists in their search for a vaccine. Has man ever made a remedy to cure one ill and not introduced several negative side-effects? Our actions show that we have been schooled to have very little faith in what was bestowed on us naturally. Our sons of thunder think that by marshalling the goings and comings of the population they can wear down the virus.
Should the roll-out reflect that we have a health or an economic issue? If health, then I do not support giving the green light to the tobacco and cement companies to resume activity. They both contribute to the deterioration of the lungs. Isn’t there a respiratory illness threatening us at the moment?
If the main problem is economics, and we want people to follow the stay at home and observe the social distancing guidelines then all those fast food outlets are part of the problem.
What about all the sole-proprietor businesses where every visit counts? Think again, leaders.
Our leaders are nervous about the rollout, and they should be because they have added insult to injury with this dependency syndrome.