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Bottomline: Corona virus might be a pandemic but on a positive side it has taken us back to basics on matters hygiene. Our privileged political class accustomed to travelling abroad for mild headache treatment have nowhere to fly for medical attention other than driving in our dilapidated health facilities manned by a demotivated workforce

The exhilaration that came with 2020 is still fresh in the minds of many, of how we made resolutions, looked forward to making our dreams come true to a heroic ending. “ Twenny twenny is my year” arguably that meant a lot.

However, day by day this zeal has been washed by frantic occurrences. Let me call it a deadly start for the year, we are barely halfway(between January and December are infinite months bigger than our infinities), surely it’s not fair that within three months we almost succumbed to some sort of world war III from invasion of desert locusts from Yemen to the Corona (COVID 19) pandemic with no known remedy yet conspiracy theorists seem to know who ate what where that is forcing the entire world to wash hands regularly alway applying sanitizers walking around wearing face masks like 17th century ninja assassins.

Skeptics have it that these could be signs of the end times as depicted in the holy book, Bible especially after the latter has stricken real hard rendering Kenyans to quarantine chronicles. Or maybe ,just maybe either the people in the universe want to be noticed or the universe itself.

The last measure?
Whenever you encounter a problem, grief or whatever of that sought we always seek for a permanent remedy. Cue, the government of Kenya led by the President Uhuru Kenyatta kicked off with a National Prayer Day, when the Nation humbled in supplications and pleaded with our maker to pardon our inequities thus deliver us from the evil( Corona Virus).We can’t conclude that the Lord has abandoned as: there is always a YES, NO, or WAIT.

Stepping into the unrelenting pandemic all learning institutions and social gatherings have been suspended indefinitely. Its a very bad time to be sick or to die you will be unnoticed but its the best time to do a wedding with a limited guest list with no one holding grudges on the invite only event as Quarantine will take the blame.

Quarantine ( a sanitary measure to prevent the spread of a plague by isolating those believed to have the pandemic) together with his brother sanitizing ( to free the microorganisms by disinfection and cleaning) have become the antidote for the novel COVID 19. Kenyans have no choice but to wash their hands everytime everywhere, maintain a social distance of one metre and quarantine themselves because charity begins at home.

In it’s ( Corona) excruciating stage, Kenyans have been advised to put on protective masks anytime they move around, a partial ‘lock-down’ of the country with four counties (Nairobi,Mombasa,Kwale And Kilifi) with a national  7 pm-5 am curfew already in place. The curfew however has raised concerns on human life after police on patrol brutally assaulted citizens contrary to what was expected. If I were to pen a letter to his Excellency I would start by “ Dear Commander in Chief of the armed forces please command your men in blue to stop harassing Kenyans in the name of curbing the spread of COVID 19…”

This Measure quest goes along way to avoiding cold drinks, drinking a lot of water, the list is endless when it comes to the do’s and don’ts. Cautiously observing all the health precautions given by the ministry of health. I believe you have heard of the Now famous Mutahi Kagwe, the cabinet secretary for health’s sequel of COVID 19 updates everyday with a brave face which we now live to always hopeful though the figures keep rising.

“It is also the youth that will suffer the most, it is you my son’s and daughters, it is you my younger brothers and sisters, who will face your children with no job and a collapsed economy, it is you who will face your parents watching us get sickly and there is nothing you will be able to do” said C.S Kagwe while addressing the youth during his daily briefings.

As much as the youth should be at the fore front in fighting this pandemic, they have been left out in job opportunities and political positions. Your favorite politicians have gone mute silently watching from their comfort zones wondering when will they resume their Sunday donations,how reggae came to a sudden halt is still a mystery. Dear Kenyan you are on your own…. So how can an unarmed soldier, health worker take to the frontlines in a war with an invisible enemy?

Unmasking the mask
“Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone just remember that all the people in the world haven’t had the advantages you’ve had” says Scott FitzGerald in his book The Great Gatsby.

Corona virus might be a pandemic but on a positive side it has taken us back to basics on matters hygiene. Our privileged political class accustomed to travelling abroad for mild headache treatment have nowhere to fly for medical attention other than driving in our dilapidated health facilities manned by a demotivated workforce.

Ladies and gentlemen, don’t get into a mental frenzy about this menace because after all everything has an end. Instead be positive about it rejoicing in the small simple pleasures. Living in fear is a side effect of dying and dying is not what we want but to live, live like the stoic protagonist.

Presumably this pandemic is going to hit the economy harder but at a steer look we should come out of it with either new skills, a side hustles or more knowledge. So apart from sanitizing what are you going to do at the comfort of your home? Here is a strategy: Get yourself online forums that boost your knowledge like Pinterest, read books and articles, how about you start a YouTube channel teaching forums for a teachers, venture into mobile journalism as a student journalist, as a tailor invent more health masks, let the believers get closer to God by reading the bible and you social worker, preach the gospel of how to prevent COVID 19 in social media platforms.

Let’s all play our part perfectly so that we are not to blame for any outcome. And let me wish you a bearable quarantine period.