The astronomical shifting of the world’s condition of the effects of the Corona virus pandemic is an incredibly versatile challenge the world powers; both big and small are battling now. The novelty of this situation is tremendously deafening because it has been able to do far more than anticipated.
The advent of this disease and its rocket jet increase characteristics have reduced several countries into a sorry state with regard to the harm the disease is causing while we all look on helplessly.
Literally, the virus has presented its unremarkable and harsh appearances it can ever provide, leaving all of us on tenterhooks for an immediate remedy to end this pandemic.
Behind these harshness lies another quality of trying to see the silver lining of the dark cloud – the diamond in a rough – of the effects of the disease which feel very much like the calm before a very long and punishing storm.
However, trying to keep grounded provides some positive effects emerging that might possibly outlive the virus itself.
1. Community spirit
In recent weeks, it is striking how many people seem to be taking better care of their relationships, especially with conversations that are struck up between family members and even passers-by; a rare experience work and other duties prevent us from having often times.
Though, spatially distant from one another, we have become more socially connected in our relationships and neighborhood spirit. This seems to be cherished more than ever. We are having dialogues at safe distances with passing neighbors whom we may have probably not spoken to previously. It is a nice feel of community spirit growing in countries.
2. Nationalism, philanthropism and benevolence
The same seems true from the kind of nationalism, philanthropism and benevolence that have sprout up among individuals and organisation in the country. As the disease is spreading with a startling rapidity, we have seen the government and its officials, corporate Ghana and individuals stepping up to support with some needs of the vulnerable people and the entire population.
As forerunners of these benevolent acts, the president of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo and his vice, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, on 24th March donated their three months’ salary into the COVID-19 Trust Fund. It has so far seen several industries and individuals who have accepted and made seemingly relevant contributions into the fund.
Also, no matter how trivial it may seem, for once; we turn on our TV and radio sets and do not see or hear political party sympathizers throwing tantrums in the air.
3. Personal hygiene and sanitation
Another thing that many have taken for granted for a very long time is personal hygiene and sanitation. The dawn of the disease has actually stirred up the consciences of the government and the entire population at large, since the disease can function in tandem with poor personal hygiene and sanitation.
Arguably, the government only took steps to disinfect the various market and public places in the country after the country had recorded its first case of the Covid-19.
There is no gainsaying the fact that many more people die every day for many other reasons — it’s still unnerving that such a potent virus can come about from virtually nowhere and claim so many lives, spreading so quickly.
There will undoubtedly be many serious adverse effects from Covid-19 and these are not to be downplayed. Nonetheless, there is hope that many of the positive effects will endure into the future.
Till next time, this is from the mind’s mind.