In all sincerity of heart, mind, and purpose; and without an iota of compromise, I feel strongly that we are in this war already. It’s important to listen to what Scientists have to say, even when it’s inconvenient, especially when it’s inconvenient (Barack Obama, 2009)
When the Director-General of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who is an Ethiopian microbiologist made a categorical statement during the wake of the outbreak that “Africans should prepare for the worst”, a lot of persons took it to social media with an obvious show of ignorance, and misguided illogical arguments saying that “they are always trying to create a scene about Africans”
I have long wept for what is coming to us. Studies have shown that whenever we consciously fail to learn from history, we would end up repeating it over and over again; just like a coward who dies many times before his/her actual death. Anyone who does not understand what “epidemic” entails in the history and development of humanity should do just a little research, to be abreast of the fundamentals especially with regards to virology.
Remember, when the Night King and the Army of the dead arrived in the novel “Game of Thrones Series”, a lot of persons died trying to hold the line before fate took its course through the instrumentality of Arya Stark. Meanwhile, before the great war started, it was never said or planned that the Night King would die in the hands of Arya Stark. Putting this in context, we all know that great scientists all over the world are having sleepless nights trying to come up with a vaccine that would put an end to this outbreak. No one is certain of how long it will last before we arrive at that junction of a breakthrough. However, it is expected that stringent measures are put in place to manage the obvious situation ravaging the whole world.
Developed and developing countries of the world, have different strategies for managing the pandemic until the vaccine is ready. Aside from the economic shutdown, closure of borders and compulsory stay at home orders, the dreadful face of death that the virus goes with, needed to be presented as it is; not necessarily to scare people, but to make everybody have an idea of the deadly nature of this “Invisible Enemy”. It was based on this fact that the President of the United States of America Donald Trump, and his Task Force team could come out publicly to announce to Americans that they should expect nothing less than 100,000 deaths, in line with the graph they plotted based on assessment and regulations, managed by Dr. Stephen Fauci; an American physician and immunologist who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 till date and Dr. Deborah Leah Birx; an American physician and diplomat who specializes in HIV/AIDS immunology, vaccine research, and global health. As of April 2020, Birx serves as the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the Trump Administration’s Task Force. Their speculations were meant to last till August. Meanwhile, still in April, they have recorded close to 60,000 deaths already and 1million plus cases with all their top-notch professionalism.
Flip the coin and look at our Nation as a case study and without stress, you would discover very quickly that we never had a plan, and still don’t have any, as far as the pandemic is concerned. It is often said that “it is impossible to have a square peg in a round hole” and then expect a positive result. How do you manage a situation when you do not have the capacity! Not having the capacity here as far as this nation is concerned, has nothing to do with capabilities, rather it echoes very loudly on misplaced priorities. I don’t want to open the box of our poor health system in this piece, as such may spur and double my anger with the Nigeria State.
Another aspect that should be of serious concern, is the fact that there are still millions of Nigerians who do not believe that there is anything like Coronavirus in Nigeria. Not totally because of ignorance or lack of awareness, but because of the “pseudo-controversial” system of government that they are so used to. A comparative analysis would reveal more than what we know already. Consequently, the whole idea of lockdown that appears to be working on the surface may sooner than later bring forth a spike in the curve if at all we have projected any. This is due to the obvious fact that millions of Nigerians are still living their normal life as if nothing is happening at all.
Again, when the war was on already, Tyrion Lannister thought it was still a hoax when he told Sansa… “What if I go out? Sansa replied… You will die! Staying inside is all our hope!” This is what I feel too. I have even resolved to put a hold to my walks outside as there are no restrictions to movement in my current location. It becomes scarier when it has been scientifically asserted that the virus can be transmitted whether an infected person is “Symptomatic and Asymptomatic.” While the former means that, when someone is infected, the symptoms are noticed, the latter implies that even when some persons are infected, they do not exhibit any form of symptoms.
The apparent truth is, the night king and his Army of the dead have arrived already, and they are invisible. We need to stay indoor like Tyrion and Sansa since we can’t fight especially with the tools needed to combat this “Invisible Enemy”. It is often said that “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” Consequently, we just need to be hopeful and pray that those who have been saddled with these responsibilities; either the medical practitioners on the frontlines or the Scientists in the laboratories can hold the line and possibly light the trenches before fate takes it course either for our good or doom.
Augustine is a young man who is passionate about redefining our world views positively in writing. He is a first degree holder in Philosophy obtained from the Prestigious University of Ibadan. He has a basic knowledge of computer. Finally, he looks forward to making his impact in future publications of books and articles.