Coronavirus: The Power of COVID19

It’s Thursday morning. The lockdown is on. Self Quarantine well mastered by the citizens.

Thanks to the Ministry of Health and the Government of Uganda, citizens are now collectively following the guidelines/measures, they are all in their houses, but we are not sure if some are having what to eat. You turn on the TVs, every channel is airing news about COVID19 updates and whenever I’m outside, I see few people moving and most of the shops, hotels, Markets and restaurant are closed

But the reality is that many Ugandans are all just held up in their rooms, houses drinking water, praying, eating and mindfully reading Coronavirus stories, how to prevent it and praying for the crisis to come to an end

Now look, I’m in no way making light of this situation, I am merely trying to lighten the tense and frightening mood. The fact is, that while we’re all social distancing and living the life of directives and guidelines, our medical professionals, deliverymen, sanitation workers, police officers, farmers are out there in harm’s way working in this pandemic. Can’t we all say thank you?

So, as an active Social Media user, I have a lot of isolated spare time in my hands. To date, I haven’t been active on social media other than catching up with the news, and I have spent the lockdown time reading and research Coronavirus

And in my informative pursuits, I realized something very interesting. Now listen, I know this could be seen as slightly bad timing. Like come on, read the room

Right now, the research shows that one person transmits COVID19 to (on average) three people. Who then each passes it onto three more people and thus, the viral spread of Coronavirus, scary but true!

Looking at the increasing number of COVID19 cases in Uganda, it hit me hard which is the power of one person sharing the virus and should not be underestimated. If each one of us found the courage to follow the measures put in place, and who then who pass it on, and imagine what the Pearl of Africa would be like.

No, imagine the real change, the positive force that could come to be. Talk about the ramifications of community spread

In addition to the eradication of this horrible virus, and the protection of loved ones and those on the front lines is that we need to read and stay at home with the families and stay together

And frankly, we’re all scared of dying. We’ve got the news out here telling us that the cases of COVID19 are 44. At the end of the day, I don’t care how realistically minded or fearless you are, whether you admit it or not, every single one of us is afraid of COVID19 at least to some degree

We need to take up a soapbox on the streets, homes seriously and people should also share the Good News always

If the Coronavirus has taught us anything, it is that there is power in one. One person passing on the virus. One person social distancing. One doctor treating patients. One delivery person transporting supplies. One person, from the Ministry of Health giving us COVID19 test updates, One person giving guidelines, one person holding a press conference in the night.

In this pandemic situation, It could be you. It could be me. But what if it was all of us. Stay safe, stay well, stay positive, wash your hands, stay home.

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Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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