This right here, is a trillion-dollar question. Towards the end of the previous year, we got encouraging news that a covid-19 vaccine had finally arrived. Vaccination already commenced and is currently ongoing in some countries. However, things have not improved considerably. The UK recently annouced rules for a fresh lockdown. Deaths in the US are forever on the upwards surge. These are countries with ongoing vaccination programmes.
In Nigeria, no one can say when vaccines will arrive. We do know not to get our hopes up on it though. When it does get here, how effective will the program be? Will the covid-19 vaccine be effective at all? There are a lot of unanswered questions. The recent days have seen new records of cases being broken. We’re nowhere near the testing capacity we ought to be. Shortly before Christmas, new lockdown measures were instituted. The list goes on and on. A lot of things are not certain, but one thing is. We all want to return to our normal lives.
For the most part of it, lockdown has not achieved much success in Nigeria. Social distancing hasn’t really been effective either. Even during the early stages of the pandemic, there were many cases of flagrant disregard for these measures in Nigerian localities. This is not surprising in any way. It also goes to tell us that a new set of lockdown rules will not do much. No one has the answer to the question. We know we’re in the second wave. The virus has probably mutated too. All the same, it’s still very much around. The responsibility of combating this covid-19 pandemic lies with you and I.
Your facemasks are still important. Social distancing can be difficult. Wearing your mask shouldn’t be. Take it along with you and wear in public places. Always. Handwashing is equally important. Covid-19 pandemic or not, we should always wash our hands. Take your hand sanitizer along at all times. Use at will. Do not ignore any symptoms. Do not put yourself and others at risk by moving around with questionable symptoms. Stay at home and get medical help. Call the NCDC.
In time, this phase of our lives will be over. Till then, stay safe!