The Covid-19 which started in December 2019 has become a threat to the whole World and has affected all aspects of our lives as we knew it. This Covid-19 which is said to have originated in Wahun, China spread throughout the globe in a matter of weeks and quickly became a global health pandemic. Unlike other pandemics that have been witnessed in the past such as HIV/AIDS which could easily be managed, Covid-19 is a viral disease that does not have a cure and is highly infectious. The effects of Covid-19 have been felt socially, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and economically. Educational institutions have been closed and several of them resorted to virtual or eLearning to cope with the Covid-19 situation. Baraton College as one of the tertiary learning institutions in Kenya has adopted eLearning to ensure learning continues.
The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with other stakeholders in the Health sector have give guidelines that can help people cope and live with Covid-19. These guidelines are just temporary measures to allow researchers to come up a cure for the disease. The search to a cure is a race against the clock given how infectious and dangerous Covid-19 disease especially to the vulnerable individuals in the community. The three basic ways to prevent or minimize the spread and the risk of being infected include:
- Wearing a face mask that has been approved by WHO/Ministry of Health always when in crowded places. The face mask should not be contaminated in any way. Reusable masks must be washed thoroughly after every use and should not be worn by different people.
- Always observing social distancing as much as possible if you cannot stay at home. When in social or crowded places at least 1.5 metre social distance must be observed.
- Sanitization or washing of hands with soap for at least 20 seconds whenever you touch or come in contact with any surface is recommended. Additionally, greeting by hand should be avoided at all cost.
In addition to these three basic guidelines the WHO recommends good personal hygiene and observing a healthy lifestyle. In case of a suspected exposure, it recommended that all the exposed individuals must self-quarantine for at least 2 weeks. This will minimize the chances of spreading the disease to others.
Baraton College appeals to all the students, staff, and other stakeholders to observe the WHO’s guidelines even as we adjust to the ‘new normal’. It is the responsibility of each one of us to protect ourselves and those we love.