As I write this, I am uncertain of what tomorrow will bring for my country, Trinidad and Tobago.
The novel COVID 19, Coronavirus has hit our shores and all we can do is pray and do our best to follow healthcare guidelines to keep ourselves and our families safe.
This thing, though, is scary.
It's a lot easier fighting an element one can see, face off with or retaliate on.
I don't drink alcohol, but have experimented in my youth.
I imagine this virus as a slow-creeping potent drink that one can only see and feel when it is right up on you, in your face, hugging, squeezing the life out your lungs.
Now recently I begun to experience that feeling, as I was diagnosed with asthma, after years of exposure to second hand smoke. I cannot begin to imagine having my breathing even more compromised than it already is.
From all accounts this virus attacks the lungs first then one's immune system and is especially dangerous to the elderly and those with already existing health conditions.
Globally we are hearing of thousands of confirmed infections and deaths. It is now a pandemic and has rendered vigorous countries to practical ghost towns.
In the meantime, we in Trinidad and Tobago, we wait, sending messages to all and sundry, advising , offering safety tips on hygiene and on boosting one's immune system. Some took to panic buying, events have been cancelled, both big and small and persons who probably didn't look at newscasts before, now sit with bated breathes by their televisions, radios and computers.
School is out for one week and some good Samaritans have even come forward on social media and offered food items and meals for persons, children and families in need. I pray that this government, that our citizens are ready to truly be each other's keeper and look out for each other and not self alone.
I hope that we can all hold unto hope.
I think, though, for all its bad intent, what this dreaded virus will do is unite our country, because we fight one common enemy.
This ought to be an election year and for once all eyes and comments may steer away from politics, unless its the random naysayers which will seek to lay blame, and focus on our survival as a country.
All things work for good, for those who love the Lord..i don't think I quoted that scripture word for word, but that's what I think and hold unto for hope through this.
Please pray for our country.