The Lockdown (COVID-19).

How do we feel about the lockdown? And when I say ‘we’ I mean – me, myself, and I.

Bored — I feel ridiculously bored and this is coming from a home body. I go nowhere, I do nothing and yet the lockdown feels like a prison sentence. I understand the precautions we have to take to protect ourselves because the cases of COVID-19 keeps rising. It’s been spreading like an evil spirit. You know when you say your village people are after you? even your village people are on lockdown too. Witches gotta pack their brooms and the Yoruba demons have put down their wands until further notice. This should be a relive but it has put me in a quandary because even though I know how bad this is, I also know that everyone in the world will not be affected by this. Still, you can’t tell when an unfortunate incident may occur — hence the lockdown. 

I covered the symptoms of the Coronavirus in a previous article which you should read to be appraised on the situation https://theayamba.com/apps/the-coronavirus/. Ignorance is no longer bliss and those who still do not know what we are up against can not be part of an informed conversation – I said what I said.

Here are the symptoms again: Runny nose, sore throat, cold, difficultly breathing and fever. If you feel this way at all, even remotely — do not sit at home and wish it to go away like a pestering fly. Chances are you are getting infected which may lead to you being really sick. It is killing thousands worldwide and you don’t want to be a victim, you want to be a survivor. You should know that Novel Coronavirus is not an airborne disease, which means it’s not transmitted by air. it’s a droplet disease — like the common cold or the influenza, but way worse and not as easily treated. If you have it in your head that when you step out of your house you’ll immediately be greeted by the virus, you’re wrong— very wrong. What you should do is avoid people who are sick, cover your mouth when you cough, and your nose when you sneeze so that people around you don’t fear that you’re starting a zombie apocalypse. What I know is that this is a huge eco-biological problem. Our biological and behavioral systems have to be in sync with the prevailing environment. You may ask, does that mean we need an environmental adaption? So far, adaptation has come into play in form of treatments and the use of the lockdown as one of the ways to fight the virus. As time goes on, we’ll see more adaptions. The greatest form of adaption would be when a resistance to the virus emerges. At this stage it seems like we are using Palliative Care to treat the virus — the symptoms are being relieved but the cause of the condition is still not being treated. So, fingers crossed. 

Let’s talk about knowledge vs. practice. What do you as a human being know about this virus and what are you doing to protect yourself and those around you? It would be ridiculous to spread fear or joke about a very sensitive subject like this. It would also be incredulous to act like the world is coming to an end and we are being punished globally — even though I’ve used those sentences in a lot of my conversations (as a Sodom and Gomorrah joke). I have been insensitive and four other kinds of words like that, don’t be like me. Take this seriously.

But… but If you were to ask my honest opinion, I would say the panic and the lockdown is a bit extreme.

Let me explain before my head is bitten off.  I work in a University as a GSE. My University just like other schools have been closed temporarily. This means all my classes have been moved online and I am currently out of a job until further notice. I’m not the only one who is loosing money or valuable time. Check the stock market reports — everything’s plummeting in a rapid degree. Due to that, prices of necessary commodities have increased. Take for instance this funky ass peak milk I bought in February for $17.00. These are the recent prices now.

I’m not sure if this is a joke but I didn’t make this prices up. I can’t blame businesses. I can’t really call it extreme capitalism if they are trying to do the best that they can for their businesses and their families given the current situation — still it sucks, so much. If you’re here looking for some sort of light house, all you’re going to get here is ranting — I am stuck at home for a week just trying to breathe and take it all in.

I want to know your thoughts. Tell me what you think about this whole situation. I read somewhere that the rate of divorce might be increasing in Wuhan because married couples are finally getting to know each other in closed spaces. Or or… the baby making machine has been turned on and we are about to have a baby boom… all very interesting insinuations. Let’s have a honest conversation, you’re probably home looking for something to do or someone to talk to, so talk to me. 

To round up, I feel incredibly bored and upset about this whole situation but I am not trying to start a riot. I understand the state of emergency. I have done my research & my heart goes out to those affected, infected and those who have died. It can not be easy. Once again: 

  • If you don’t have to go out, stay in your damn house.
  • Wash your hands – twice. Wash it like your life depends on it — because it does.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue & dispose of it immediately. 
  • Stay away from crowded places and respect other people’s personal space. 
  • Wash everything before you eat
  • Clean your phones, laptops, and disinfect your surfaces.
  • Do not put your unclean hands in your mouth 
  • If you feel sick, get tested 
  • If your family members, friends or roommates feels sick — encourage them to self quarantine until help can reach them. 
  • Stay prayed up, stay hopeful. This too shall pass. 

As I usually give tips and ideas on how to occupy your time. I’ll help you out with a few things you can do while you wait for better news about the lockdown. 

  • Catch up on your reading. 
  • Write that book you’ve been meaning to write. 
  • Play some karaoke music with the fam 
  • Binge eat and binge watch all the movies/shows you’ve been missing out on 
  • Finally get to know your partner better by playing games and having open conversations 
  • House chores: do them. Do your laundry — clean that kitchen and take the two weeks old trash out. 

May the force be with us all. Finally, I would like to give a huge SHOUT OUT and a BIG THANK YOU  to all the health professionals putting their lives on the line to make sure that we are safe, treated, and protected. To all the news outlets keeping us updated on the situation – you guys rock. To all the prayer warriors, keep praying – it’s working.  And to you – hang in there!

Pictures by @sarashakeel.

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