Are We Emerging Out Of The Dark Tunnel Of The Coronavirus? Over one year ago, the coronavirus was unleashed on our society and the world experience a pandemic they have not seen in over one hundred years.
According to a media report on 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization was informed of a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Then, on 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization Director-General declared the outbreak of COVID-19 to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and issued a set of temporary recommendations.
Whether countries took the warning or act upon it is debatable. A couple of months later, the Coronavirus, also known as COVID 19, began sweeping through literally every country on planet earth; nations were faced with an unprecedented level of control against their citizens that we have not experienced unless there was a war.
The countries implemented countrywide lockdown, mask-wearing distancing protocols. The businesses were forced to close their doors to the public. Millions of employees were made to work from home, closure of schools, colleges, Universities. All social event cancelled, especially in bars, nightclubs, and other hospitality venues.
The onus was now on a vaccine to combat the coronavirus because of the number of hospitalisations and deaths. So far today, there have been over 114 million people worldwide affected by the coronavirus, 2.54 million deaths worldwide, over 520 thousand died in the United States and over 123 thousand deaths in the UK.
There seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel following the creation of several vaccines, and vaccinations are happening across the world. America have so far vaccinated over 78 million, and in the UK, over 20 million and other parts of the world like Israel or doing well with vaccinating its population.
The coronavirus has taken a massive toll on our life, mental health, family gathering, sport, socialising and, in particular, the hospitality sector. In the UK, we have been on lockdown since December. Considering the United Kingdom is made up of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, they all have different protocols in their lockdown procedures. The UK has a tier system from one through to four. England enters tier four in December, hence the lockdown.
Some states in the US begin to roll back their lockdown. In the UK, the prime minister has given the citizens what he calls his roadmap to reopen the country and restart the economy. If there are no unforeseen events, the |United Kingdom should get rid of all restrictions by 21 June 2021 and life as we remember it may return to some semblance of normal.
There is, however, a word of caution, particularly in the US because of the various variants of the virus that have been identified and that also apply to the United Kingdom. The US is warning states not to relax their coronavirus protocols too early as the variants may run rampant again, and hospitalisation and deaths could rise again. It is hoped that the various vaccine available may control the spread of any variants of the virus.
In my opinion, we are at the mouth of the tunnel; we can see the light we need to hold on a few more months, continue with the vaccination, mask-wearing and keeping our distance. Listen to the health expert and sooner rather than later, we will emerge into the light and be able to put this unseen enemy COVID 19 behind us and get back to living our lives the way we should be.
It is disgraceful that some of the states are in a hurry to reopen even though the coronavirus’s various variants are still prominent in their area. These individuals are making decisions that could be detrimental to other people’s life. Because of their bad decision and some community members are complaining, they blame immigrants as the culprits for spreading the coronavirus.
The areas in the states that are opening up are not even suggesting that the public should wear a mask; they have pulled the plug on all the coronavirus protocols that are put in place to save lives. There will no longer be any restrictions on the social gathering, mask-wearing are social distance, and the fear is once these criteria are removed, the virus will run amok. Many more people will lose their lives because they are trying to deflect from the problems they are experiencing.
Let us not forget the people who were never given a chance to emerge from the coronavirus may their souls rest in internal peace.