This past few days has been filled with apprehension and a lot of information is going on about the corona virus (covid-19), i got to hear about it in the news of it’s spreading around in China and people getting infected and loosing their lives. It seemed like one of those scary epidemic infections that would soon die off like the SARS, Eboli and the likes, but this became an increasing source of worry days later, when i heard it has got into the United Kingdom and that people were being diagnosed and dying of the infection in Italy. Few days later, i heard in the news that the disease was in the USA and in most part of the world and a lot of people are dead due to it, the scare really got to me when i heard that two elderly people had died in the hospital where i work, which is close to my home, i felt like what is this coming to?! my children attend a school just 10 minutes walk from my home and i am worried for them, especially when some countries announced the closure of schools and this is yet to be the case here.
I have done a lot of reading about this deadly virus, after all i learnt that knowledge is power, but everything i read has just helped to increase my fear of it. I learnt though, that the best thing to do is to eat healthy so you can have a strong immunity to fight it and also, protect yourself from catching it by not going in crowded areas, stay some distance away from people who are coughing or sneezing and catch your own cough and sneeze in a tissue and bin the tissue immediately. Wash your hands with antibacterial hand wash for at least 20 seconds after you get home from outdoor activities such as work or shopping, have an antibacterial hand gel with you when you are out and about and rub this on your hands after contact with surfaces such as door handles. Avoid shaking hands and hugging people and many more, these are the key ways to prevent catching the virus.
Therefore i’m doing everything i can to protect myself and my family from contacting the disease, i would like to stop my children from going to school for now, but i have to wait for the Government to announce school closures, i’m seriously waiting for this news. I learnt that children have shown to be more immune to the infection but they can acquire it and carry it in their bodies for a while and hence they can infect the more vulnerable people such as the elderly or people with low immunity they come in close contact with. As soon as my children walk through the door from school, i take them to the bathroom and get them to wash their hands thoroughly with the antibacterial hand wash. I have wiped the door handles, light switches and sinks, toilets and other surfaces around my home with antibacterial spray and i do this regularly, to help kill off any traces of the virus. I suggest that every parcel, letters and deliveries be sprayed as well, or a good hand washing should be done after handling such.
All said and done, i hope we get over this problem quickly for good like other past outbreaks and i pray we will not be infected by it, i think the disease will enable people to improve their personal hygiene, i heard it is helping families to come together and unite to fight a common enemy and to appreciate one another, more. I hope it makes people to seek God more and to seek to know Him and to be right with Him and also to pray more, repent and seek to live righteous lives and say NO to sins.
I pray that God will heal our land, (If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their evil ways; then will i hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and will heal their land, 2 Chr 7:14).