By Empraim Njega via FB
It is perplexing that many Kenyans still think coronavirus is a hoax and a joke. The childish obsession with Tanzania still goes on.
Many would rather risk infection than wear masks.
The current cavalier attitude towards the pandemic risks reinstatement of containment measures.
Fact is that the economy is too weak for new restrictions.
Yet with rising deaths and hospitalisations, the risk of reinstatement of the measures is rising every day.
The economic consequences of joking with this pandemic will be totally devastating.
If we can’t follow the simple containment measures like wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing, we will have to pay a much higher price.
The earlier measures only shutdown less than 10% of the economy yet the impact was extremely painful. I can’t understand why we are risking a return to those days.
It is unbelievable that in this information age people would rather wallow in the miasma of ignorance and hollow pride. We ought to learn from what is happening in other countries.
It is a shame the government has allowed all measures to be flouted with impunity. It is inconceivable that the data we are receiving daily is two or three weeks old due to delays in uploading it.
We therefore lack sufficient evidence to inform public policy and personal decisions. We are flying half blind. We are only getting the real picture of the situation from hospitalisation and deaths.
One persistent lesson from this virus is that 10 months later there’s still a lot we don’t know. This is one factor which ought to inform vigilance until a cure or vaccine is found.
Joyce Irungu Thiong’o: Kenyans are relieved after realizing corona is like any other disease. We thought it existed everywhere and put people in mass graves. We washed even plot gates.
Raia would wear masks if so called leaders showed seriousness
I am one who is sceptical about the seriousness or existence of this virus. The people who are telling us to be serious about it are not serious themselves. Look at how the go to the slums to attract big crowded masses of people without distributing or requiring masks. If they believe in what they are telling us, are they trying to kill these wananchii?
Even though I am sceptical, I believe in taking precautions. At one the, I was in the hospital for quite some a while assisting with a baby heart patient. Masks, hand washing and sanitization were a requirement in order to enter the ICU. If masks don’t work, why do you think hospitals have been using them for a long tim. I will wear a mask and sanitize just in case this pandemic turns out to be real and gets worse. People should remember that we lost many people to AIDS, many through the callousness of the masses. We do not want another generation of kids to grow up without guided wisdom fr parents and grandparents.