Over time, human beings have faced all sorts of life threatening epidemics that have led to fatalities in millions. Epidemics like Ebola, Bubonic plague, Spanish Flu, Smallpox, polio, malaria, name it have all come and phased out and humans remained.
On May, 14 2020 officials of the World Health Organization gave a stand on the raging COVID-19 pandemic and intimated that the virus is likely to take longer than anticipated. Dr. Tedros and several health experts of the WHO stunned their narrative from having to wait for an injection or cure to easing the lockdown globally. The experts say humans should now learn to live with the virus just like they’ve done with earlier endemics like malaria and HIV. They however urged that sensitization and awareness campaigns must be amplified. Globally, many countries are looking at easing the stringent lockdown measures to revive their economies. South Sudan has for instance opened her airspace to international access while Burundi will on May 18 go to a presidential poll where millions will gather to cast the ballot. In Europe, Sweden did not fully lockdown while some states in America are allowing the economy to gradually open. The German Bundesliga will on Saturday, return from the long break while the English premier league may return on June, 19 according to reports.
Italian Historian and researcher, Giovanni Boccaccio who studied the Bubonic plague noted that whereas people succumbed in millions to the Bubonic plague between the mid 18th century, 19th century, and early 20th century, time came and they had to do away with fear. “..Some hid in their homes. Others refused to accept the threat. Their way of coping was to drink heavily, enjoy life to the full, go around singing and merrymaking, and gratify all one’s cravings when the opportunity emerged, and shrug the whole thing off as an enormous joke,” writes Giovanni in his studies. Sociologists around the world all agree that the feeling of illness is a social construction. Feeling sick is just a state of mind. If only human beings can learn to cope with the virus then it may perhaps die a social death just like case was in SARS 1. Uganda’s former medical president, Dr. Obuku earlier urged locals to learn to live with COVID-19. The same has been recited by the WHO which has noted a slow pace in the creation of the cure. Besides, medical experts say the covid injection is gradual and will take an approximate of 12-18 months to be perfected. The world may not wait for all that time to get back to normal. People may have to defy and say enough of the COVID-19. This erosion of fear will hence boost their immunity in the long run and the virus may be no more.