It is time that Kenyans must put their common sense into use. The Novel Coronavirus is not a joke, it is not a virus that considers any challenges that a country is facing. It knows no one and cares for no one. Kenyans must take heed of the government directives. All measures are being put in place on a step-by-step basis as the government tracks down and isolates all those who have come into contact with any infected person.
The country began with one case on March 13, 2020 and now stands at 31 cases, with one unfortunate death and one recovery. We can and are praying for God’s protection and wishing that all this will pass but we are also the solution bearers when it comes to the spread of the Coronavirus. Run, run and run as far away from it as possible by staying at home.
The Coronavirus does not move, it is people that move it. And if we stop moving the virus stops moving and the virus dies.
That is the whole point of containment, it is the point of staying at home and in some countries, a total lock down has been instituted because the infection cases have already overwhelmed healthcare facilities and officers. This is what flattening the curve is all about; reducing the infections through containment and ensuring the virus does not spread further.
As at now, Kenyans are being urged to maintain social distancing because as more infections take place, more and more people will have to be traced and isolated.
A priest has led to the isolation of 145 people who might have come into contact with him. A Deputy Governor has caused the isolation of close to twenty County officials including policemen and a Governor who are fearing for their lives and those of their families. A student in Kakamega has caused the isolation of a motor bike rider who ferried her to her home in Kakamega after jetting in from London and travelling to Kakamega, with more contacts being tracked from the time she arrived in the country.
Remember, no man is an island and these people might have also made contact with their family members hoping that they are maintaining social distancing to some scale. Your local barber might have interacted with a taxi man who ferried the student, priest or any other infected person from the airport. A chain of infections can only be stopped if people simply stay at home.
The government has enhanced a national response to the Coronavirus pandemic and has classified critical and essential services. Can we allow only these people to go to work without endangering their lives? All around the world, campaigns have been done to urge people to maintain social distancing and stay at home. Among them are medical professionals and health workers who work round the clock to ensure Kenyans receive the necessary treatment. These people have families.
The National Security, Administration and Co-ordination officers, public Health and Sanitation officers in the County governments; such systems must work to ensure the country does not come to a standstill.
Below are the critical and essential services as given by the National government.
- Medical Professionals & Health Workers
- National Security, Administration and Co-ordination Officers
- Public Health and Sanitation officers in the County Governments
- Licensed Pharmacies and Drug Stores
- Licensed Broadcasters and Media Houses
- Kenya Power & Lighting Company Limited
- Food Dealers, Distributors, Wholesalers & Transporters of Farm Produce
- Licensed Supermarkets, Mini-Markets and Hypermarkets
- Licensed Distributors and Retailers of Petroleum and Oil Products and Lubricants
- Licensed Telecommunication Operators and Service Providers
- Licensed Banks, Financial Institutions and Payment Financial Services
- Fire Brigade and other Emergency Response Services
- Licensed security firms
Let us take heed and do as we are told. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, use a hand sanitiser whenever necessary and cough or sneeze into your elbow – simple but crucial directives that will be the difference between life and death for someone else.
Or else you might find yourself in an isolation ward.