First and foremost, why is a lockdown/shutdown necessary? As seen in other places around the world, if done successfully, lockdowns/shutdowns help slow the spread of the virus by reducing people’s interactions which helps bring down the number of new infections. This will also help make sure medical staff and facilities can help the sick without exhausting their capacity to do their job well. The virus also has a 2-14 incubation period during which the carrier can be visibly sick or asymptomatic (showing no symptoms), so the lockdown also allows people who are contiguous to recover and not pass it on.
But for all this to work, it requires us, the public, to be patient, responsible, and disciplined.
And so, without taking too much of your time, here are just a few lockdown tips to follow over the next 21 days. This list will be expanded over the next couple of days, so make sure to check back often and share with others.
These tips may not apply to everyone. Pick what works for you, and what you can do based on the resources you have. Sadly, Zimbabwe’s leaders seem disorganized, but as citizens, we have no choice but to do the best we can despite leadership.
- Do not hoard more resources than you need, remember, there are other people in the same situation as you are;
- Lockdowns can be long and Zimbabwe electricity supply can be inconsistent so unless you have a generator, make sure to buy nonperishable goods with at least 21 days of shelf life and that do not require refrigeration (canned foods, powdered milk, maize meal, beans, pasta, cereal, dried fruit etc.);
- Hygiene products are important: bathing and hand-washing soap, toilet paper and other household supplies;
- If you have elders in your home (55+ years old) or people who are at high risk of getting sick from the virus (diabetics, cancer, HIV, smokers), please limit their need to leave the house;
- If you have to get groceries, maintain 2 metres (6 feet) distance from other shoppers and encourage everyone to do the same;
- Plan exchanges with neighbors for goods if you are desperate; but make sure to not have physical contact;
Maintain Social Distancing:
- Limit nonessential visits from friends, family, and other guests;
- Limit all nonessential trips and travel;
- Leave the house only in emergencies (medical or groceries);
- If you have to leave to hope or visit someone, maintain social distancing;
Fight The Boredom
- Keep yourself busy: make sure your home is clean, disinfected and tidy;
- Keep yourself entertained: watch your favorite television shows, read books, study, nhodo, or hanging out in your yard;
- Keep in touch with friends and family through social media platforms or your phone;
- Reconnect and bond with those your live with: for many, especially with how busy our lives are, this might be a great opportunity reconnect and bond with our children, parents, roommates etc.
- Stay healthy: do workouts in the home and encourage others to do the same: pushups, situps, anything you can do around the home;
For other quick tips on how to protect your loved ones from the coronavirus, read the blog below:
AGAIN, please educate yourself and others on what the virus is and how to stop its spread. And make sure to hold your friends and family accountable when it comes to living responsibly.
Sincerely, Kwapi Vengesayi
Kwapi Vengesayi is an Amazon bestselling author whose books explore captivating musings and thought-provoking conversations about love, relationships, life and our human experience. You can find his book on Amazon. You can also follow him on Twitter @kwapiv or subscribe to his blog at kwapiv.com