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The simplistic talk of a normal person, a father, a husband, a son, and brother. I talk basic and simple language basic English, and I feel like I normally say what I feel or think. Might come across as brass but I feel voice your opinion, and you shall be heard. Something I teach my kids who now live in a world that is nearly abnormal.
COVID – 19, The stylish virus of the year 2020. A pandemic that has affected the world Globally. A “UFO” something I would have called this thing we all know as Coronavirus “COVID – 19”. Think of the Versace or Armani of viruses, why I say this is when you see people wearing masks with real fashion statements, but do not research the actual protection levels if we look cool.
Have you sat and thought why they called it COVID – 19? Who came up with this name for this type of strain of the Coronavirus? I sit and think about this all the time, given all the time I have on my hands, especially now in a shutdown. After some research and deep diving luckily for the internet I found this:
“The “corona” in “coronavirus” actually comes from what the virus looks like.
“Under a microscope, the virus has these little proteins that sticks out of it and it kind of looks like the sun, the corona,” said Dr. Patel.
The novel coronavirus is the name of the virus.
“The disease it causes is called COVID-19. ‘CO’ corona, ‘V-I’ virus, ‘D’ disease, ’19,’ 2019,” said Dr. Patel.”
Abbreviated above by a qualified physician. Article used from google.
I stay in Sunny South Africa in Johannesburg. A beautiful country where the sunshine is continuously blazing, Mother Earth gives us all an optical illusion of warmth and comfort, the distinct feeling of being in Africa but Johannesburg disguising itself as some European city with the real darkness that comes along with the entire package.
Trying to remain with some sort of routine to work remotely and juggle between my business, and finding a way to allow all my staff to have jobs when trade was allowed to resume, as were shut completely, doors closed.
Trying to be innovative in my business so all the family’s in my company are kept safe and fed and have roofs over their heads during these testing times, doing zoom lessons for my kids schooling. Feeling like we automatically became teachers to them for education and not just life. A first of its kind? Majority or nearly all being done by my wife. Hats off to her.
Normally a bustling City of Johannesburg, with endless traffic that starts at 6 am and ends at 8 pm but never stops, she only gets quiet, in a normal time. In a normal World.
How amazing it is to use the word “NORMAL”. It seems so long ago when things were “NORMAL”, is that even the correct word to use in the times before COVID-19.
It just seems so long ago when your main concern for tomorrow was the headache of traffic in the morning, school runs, on the way to work, that routine “day in day out.”
As the Father of my children needing to know what their schedules were like for school and worrying about my son making the cricket team and the soccer team for his school, interested in listening to my daughter talk about her day and her very trivial 8 year old girl quarrels of Barbies and Pocket Polly.
WOW was that normal?
Was that Life?
Was that routine?
Was it Real or just a “bubble,” humans programmed by A.I as a robot is programmed, only our updates of Apps and Ram and Memory happen when were relaxed and doing what we enjoy the most, for some, it`s watching tv, playing games, doing outdoor activities, concentrating on your health and fitness called the recharge.
For most the daily importance was how we look on a day to day basis. Cosmetics make up for the Ladies, clothes with huge account debts to Edgars and Woolworths, our closets getting fuller by the day, we were relentless as humans. All we did or still do, and most likely will continue to do given Normality returns to the old World. Do we best at suck the world dry, for money and greed and the status that comes with it, the luxury of materialistic stuff, cars, houses the biggest TV, and all the tech that comes along with it. I mean I saw a new type of fridge that can connect to your smart phone and you can do certain things through the app. Amazing but to me pointless.
We have slowly been killing our own planet, despite many many many warnings from scientists proving how our actions and technology are changing the state of the world. Is this what was left behind for us to protect and this is how we go about it.
The Year 2020
January the 1st 2020 – the start of a year full of promise, optimism, and change. I can agree with Change and optimism, however promise was never there, it was always a fat lie, the old man in the chambers of commerce sitting in Parliament making nonsensical connotations of fake promises to help the needy and poor. Isn’t that the case all over our continent?
Sure! I personally started 2020 with huge optimistic ideas for my business and growth of the business and growth of my staff to better themselves and their families.
Little did we know what was planned for us, no prediction from Experts or politicians, neither from Scientists nor even the ever so loud conspiracy theorists.
I read an article that WHO director general fired his first warning shot towards the end of January 2020, and repeatedly throughout February 2020 and continued to do so, with no heed to his warning from any country advised to act and act quickly.
“I call upon the international community to take this message seriously and use the window of opportunity to respond while we have time to respond.”
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general, WHO.
The quote above from a website called Devex showing the proof of WHO warning the world, but it seems as if those warnings fell onto deaf ears, or again it was because of world economic gain for certain organisations.
The announcement of local containment, testing, the SANDF and Law Enforcement doing their part in making sure adherence is met by the public and the curfew was respected. I think their most difficult times would have been in the locations and high-density areas. I also do not blame the residents of those areas, I mean honest some cant even be more than a meter apart in spacious area, so difficult for everyone. The silver lining was a lot of lives were saved.
I suppose you could question a lot about our government and media at the time, and questions arising of mistrust, corruption, mis information, an ungeared and far from ready medical sector, testing kits becoming more and more scarce, the prices of PPR soaring sky high making it all unfordable to your normal working citizen wanting to earn an Honest Living and had to purchase these products to be able work and earn and feed their families.
Another financial error by the current government. If for arguments sake, that special cabinet for the pandemic knew months ago but only started the prep when it made economic sense for the sake of profiteering from the situation they already knew as coming, the early warnings could have come a lot sooner and preparations should have been made prior to the panic rush, creating shortages and allowing price gauging.
My Theory again, our Government had some sort of benefit gain in that as well. The management of the shutdown by all the resources deployed was an absolute shamble with no control at all in social distancing or the correct measures to check and test and contact trace individuals.
The locations are truly overcrowded, with at least four to 6 people minimum sharing a 3 x 3 room. Ablution is terrible and we cannot even talk about social distancing as it is impossible to even exist in that environment. Again, in my eyes and my views a Failure from poor planning by the MEC of Gauteng and its relevant departments.
I did not want to pay my team part Salary due their family’s and family responsibility. Was brave and lucky, enough to follow through on this and blessed enough to make a living for everyone during this time, and as a SME, I can proudly say I took Zero assistance from any relief fund supposedly provided.
I survived Thank you Almighty. “
I can`t say the same for a lot of people that have my most sincere empathy towards them, and I hope they can find a way to get back on their feet.
I remember the one day being asked a favour to accompany my friend with licences and permits don’t worry, he asked me to drive a total of 250kms from one side of Gauteng to another, form warehouse to warehouse only find 100 other brokers at each different location all waiting for promised product which was non-existent. What really confused me to this day is that who in their right mind and for what purpose would they send messages and locations to people claiming they buy products and never has any product, and what are they trying to achieve my seeing all these people to know who they are. Serves a purpose – I do not think so. Highly suspicious – Definitely.
Life Returns Slowly
I Now move on the Real side of my life, my Children. Our exceptional Department of Education feels that its must be the first in the world to win the race to send our Future generation back to school as early as possible. My personal feeling is this should be a huge NO, NO, NO. Our Children are not guinea pigs to be trialled on for the government to utilise the School Data of how many children will and can be infected, who is asymptomatic and who is not. This is a clinical trial to me personally in my view.
Firstly, if it fails and it is a no recall or the unfortunate parents would have to face fatality, who is responsible the School, the government, or the Parents? Secondly if it fails and kids will then inevitably go back home again, the waste of vital funds for PPE for schools now will be null and void. Parents should really consider and voice this.
Yes, I understand the parents and children that are not as fortunate as others, however I still feel the life of the child in question should be more important at this time.
Have you Thought
I will now move on to the lapse in memory for the majority of the medical industry, have we and them, all forgotten that the world suffer more diseases that have been going on and will continue to go whilst COVID 19 has come into our lives. I speak from experience, I had a minor health issue recently, however only to be told that what could have been major to me was not very important to the specialist physicians, and I was clearly told that unfortunately your test results will be put the back of the que due to COVID – 19. In England I have heard of personal stores of relatives suffering from terminal illnesses and getting the worst possible treatment and service and pure negligence of malpractice. A Covid Patient Being Admitted in a ward with terminally ill and highly vulnerable patients. Even a so-called 1st world country struggling to meet the demands of the Pandemic.
This Pandemic has huge propaganda attached to it clearly all over, the lack of PPE reserved for Medicals and frontline workers, WHO being the irresponsible organisation even though they fully knew a lot earlier than the rest. My Theory the world needed a reboot, and this is how it was decided for it to be done, through all the World Leaders. The Economy of the world is now back to where companies can make a goof profit margin again, which was not the case before the Pandemic, for the entire world from Manufacturing to Retail.
Technology had got to its Limit. The Likes of Apple, Samsung and Hauwei came out with some amazing products however rushed it in terms of release, everything was to fast the other companies tried hard to keep up and even tech was at a verge of collapse, or more like implode on itself. I could not see it any other way.
Comparing the COVID-19 Coronavirus to 7 Other Infectious Diseases
Current cases (29 July 2020): Infected: 460K, Recovered: 287K, Current death toll (same date): 7 257
- The seasonal flu/Influenza, Yearly cases: approx. 3 to 5 million, Yearly death toll: approx. 290,000 to 650,000
2. SARS, Total reported cases: 8,098, Death toll: 774, – Source: CDC
3. MERS, Total reported cases: 2,494 , Death toll: 858 – Source: WHO
4. HIV/AIDS, People living with HIV (end of 2018): 32.7 million–44.0 million, Death toll (2019): 570 000–1.1 million – Source: UNAIDS
5. Ebola, Cases (Aug 2018- Nov 2019): 3,296, Deaths (Aug 2018- Nov 2019): 2,196 – Source: CDC
6. Meningitis, Yearly cases: approx. 1.5 million, Yearly death toll: approx. 170,000 – Sources: CDC/COMO Meningitis
7. Malaria, Cases (2018): 228 million, Deaths (2018): 405, 000 – Source: WHO
As a society we should be wary and mindful that the fear of COVID-19 is stopping patients with these types of diseases / illnesses from going to their medical practitioner so in essence Fear of Covid is likely to kill them by not attended their appointments. Which allows the report to state cause death is Covid-19.
I wish this story could be positive and more exciting, however I always take positives away from being surrounded by negativity, such as the Unity Shown by many nations the solidarity, the humanity from people of who have achieved and have been capable of giving back to poor and helpless people.
Charity organisations and NGOS, non-profit organisations, as well as businesses like SMEs pledging to help in whatever aspect possible.
Celebrity’s releasing music under social distancing rules, religions making sacrifices knowing their creator will understand and forgive them (The Mercy of the creator.)
The rise of young people showing they can continue to fight for a better world. All this being done following strict social distancing rules. A silver lining, I suppose. The education of a more hygienic world, with more hygienic people doing more to keep our world alive and give our youth a better future.
I would love to see how we turn out!!!