NUDITY OF COVID 19 and OUR NEW NORMAL

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Posted April 2, 2020 from Nigeria
NUDITY OF COVID 19 and OUR NEW NORMAL
The nudity of the corona virus on our lives means that we start making new changes, changes on maintaining positive hygiene as well as our daily interactions with people not forgetting the need for us to continuously develop skills which would make us a force to be reckoned with now and in the years to come.

Covid 19 was breaking news in far away China and the general feeling was it can never come to our beloved  Naija, after all we are very 'spirit-coco'(a Religious Bunch) not with the myraid  of religious centers  that beseech  our cities. A drive through the major cities would attest to this  with  bill boards showcasing the wonders of the Almighty God. But when news broke about the index case, of an Italian who arrived in Lagos down with the disease in February, we still carried on with our lives for a few weeks as though we had a unique bodily composition that made us immune to the virus. On days of our Religious Services, Fridays and Sundays we still  hugged, kissed and shook hands  as a show of love,  touched things without washing our hands and then put that same hands in our mouth, eyes and nose. We also squeezed ourselves in public buses and in the markets. Though we were all in a rush to 'stock up supplies' we took on these activities with our  bodies touching, greeting with hugs, hand shaking and sweat mixing. But as  cases of corona virus rose, unconsciously and consciously  people coined  several aliases for the disease  Coro-Virus, Cono-Virus, Corolla –Virus and the likes. Suddenly, we started purchasing hand sanitizers and face masks in large quantities and then without warning, prices of these items not only sky rocketed but before you enter shops or public space there was a gallon of water with soap, water and sanitizers as well as temperature readers. Then there was also  news of increase in the cases of the diseases among The Wealthy, Middle Class, and Lower Class as if that was not enough - closure of Religious Centers, How Can that be? No Mosque on Friday, No Church on Sunday? What would happen to people who come to these places for their weekly bread, what would happen to choir practice, group uniform, prayer meetings, group meetings, holy communion,   Sunday wear, Sunday school. Can it be possible that Church or Mosque would close down? Yes, the church and Mosque did temporarily close down, then we became introduced to concepts like-LOCK –DOWN, SOCIAL DISTANCING,WFH-WORK FROM HOME,  PANDEMIC. Now our Saturdays owambe Parties are  temporarily no more, the Markets too have been closed down and just like that our way of lives have been changed. We can no longer hug, shake like we use too. Even in the bank and on ATM queues, we have to maintain Social Distancing. While also being forced to watch Children and Elderly at home due to closure of  schools  and homes for the Elderly. The elites can also not travel for their regular shopping and medical check-up. Corona-Virus leveled everyone –we all are stuck in our dear country.

 

The effects of these new way of living  are  enormous, what happens to businesses and religious organizations that do not have online presence? What happens to people that are not technologically inclined and empowered financially? Well, in my perspective, corona virus has brought the need for us to start thinking outside the box and do things outside the norm, as when all of these is over, there will be a new breed of persons who will no longer fit it into the society as a result of being technologically inept. The nudity of the corona virus on our lives means that we start making new changes, changes on maintaining positive hygiene as well as our daily interactions with people not forgetting the need for us to continuously develop skills which would make us a force to be reckoned with now and in the years to come.

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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maeann
Apr 02
Apr 02

Oluwatoyin Hi :) How are you? I hope you and your family are well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on covid-19, and be safe.

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Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Apr 02
Apr 02

Thank you.Appreciate.Stay Safe too.

Jill Langhus
Apr 03
Apr 03

Hi Oluwatoyin,

How are you and your family doing, dear? It sounds like your doing well amidst the chaos. I agree that we need to start to thinking collectively outside the box, for sure. How do you feel that it will affect people that are technologically inept? You think the gap will widen even more for those who don't have a phone, computer, etc?

I hope you and your family are safe and well.

XX

Hello, Oluwatoyin,

I hope you and your family are safe. How are you coping, dear sister? After this pandemic, we will treasure every handshake, every hug, and other physical contact, including social gatherings. As of now, we let nature have its time to heal. :)

Chidinma Helen Okoye

Hello Oluwatoyin,thank you for this useful post,hope you are safe .

Beth Lacey
Apr 06
Apr 06

Yes, the world and how we live in it will definitely change as a result of this

otahelp
Apr 06
Apr 06

Truly Oluwatoyin the stay at home order has not been easy but our people have refused to accept the truth of the virus and keep to rules of social distancing and washing of hands regularly. thank you for sharing your story

Selma Ndi
Apr 07
Apr 07

Hello oluwatoyin, the graphic way you describe this makes one so emotional . Our own very normal way of lives has changed completely. I hope you are adapting sis, and making strides to keep safe .

Metiege Noel Eve
Apr 13
Apr 13

Hello sis thanks for sharing
Stay safe dear with your family while still trusting GOD to do the magic
We miss our hugs and handshakes❤❤❤❤

Kabahenda
Apr 13
Apr 13

Dear Oluwatoyin,

Your observations about the CODIV-19 are up to the point.
I hope that Nigeria and other countries in world come out of this pandemic with better wisdom and medical preparedness.

Thanks for sharing and may you and yours be safe and healthy. All the best.