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The Coronavirus diseases, also known as COVID-19 pandemic of dreaded has claimed to be a very deadly pandemic ever witnessed in recent time. Infections rate has continue to surge, fear has heightened and cure or vaccine is nowhere in sight.
The 2013 – 2016 Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa that killed roughly 11,300 and the Pandemic H1N1/09 virus, a swine origin Influenza A virus subtype H1N1 virus strain that was responsible for the 2009 flu pandemic and the death of 151,700 – 575,400 may be nothing compare to what the COVID-19 is already doing to our life and freedom as humans and capable of doing. Authorities are sweating profusely as they are wrestling very hard to put this new monster behind reinforced maximum security prison.
Even the HIV/AIDS pandemic that started in the 1920s; that has killed over 30,000,000 people worldwide to date, may start basking in an euphoria as a favourable option over the dreaded COVID-19 diseases. This is because, HIV/AIDS death rate is slower and it doesn’t remove our freedom of movement.
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019, and was recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.
In less than 100 days, as of 24 March to be precise, more than 417,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in more than 190 countries and territories, resulting in more than 18,600 deaths.
Most governments and leaders of nations and territories have continue to come up with stringent measures to contain the elusive coronavirus. Borders of all kinds has been shut down, schools has been put under heavy padlocks and children sent home indefinitely, churches and mosques under restriction for the first time in recent time.
Where is our fundamental right and freedom of movement and association!? Let human right Activists come and fight this for us at this material point in time!
In order to continue to stay alive and buy more time for ourselves until cure and/or vaccine emerge, we must continue to maintain minimal human contact, in the name of social-distancing. Most of us are now working remotely from home or considering doing that, there is now rising job cut and more job lose. It can’t be worse than this!?
And as health workers and care givers are running helter-skelter, experts and world leaders keep warning that hard days are still ahead.
But this should not be surprising! In Surah Al-Baqara, Verse 155 of the holy Qur’an says:
وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ
And We will most certainly try you with somewhat of fear and hunger and loss of property and lives and fruits; and give good news to the patient,
But there is hope as God is definitely with patient! Plus, we are going to evolve in our health science and life style more stronger.
However, as every nations and colonies continue to race towards a formidable cure for coronavirus, this is the right time for all of us to reflect on our relationship with God and humanity. You can conduct a simple examination on yourself right here, right now. Are you engaged in an activity that is contrary to the will of God and Humanity; and that is capable of bringing harm to all of us as human?
Do not use any opportunity to create more deadly biotechnology weapon of mass destruction. Remember the Surah Al-Isra, Verse 17 of the holy Qur’an that says:
وَكَمْ أَهْلَكْنَا مِنَ الْقُرُونِ مِن بَعْدِ نُوحٍ وَكَفَىٰ بِرَبِّكَ بِذُنُوبِ عِبَادِهِ خَبِيرًا بَصِيرًا
And how many of the generations did We destroy after Nuh! and your Lord is sufficient as Knowing and Seeing with regard to His servants’ faults.
God will most certainly destroy us if he will; and if we continue to thread a path of doom. It is easy for God.
Stay safe, no panic but maintain every necessary precautions. Though Coronavirus infection may result in death, the symptoms are mild and more than 108,000 recoveries has already been recorded. It is not a death sentence!
May the Almighty God see us through this pandemic.
- Prince Abdulrahman Obaje is a Media and ICT Consultant, Journalist, online marketer, social media strategist, Mathematician and Computer Scientist based in Abuja, Nigeria. He is the Founder and the Publisher of The Informavores!. You can reach me on +234 908 6937 780 or send i-witness report directly to me on email@example.com.
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