"Politics today are making the world a precarious place to live."

By Sam. Akinola (Published 24th April 2020)

The world had faced pandemics before, but not as indiscriminate as Covid-19 that has crippled world economy as at this month of April 2020. There is scaremongering across the world too, further compounding the pandemic issue.  There are conspiracies and counter conspiracies of government cover-up, 5G controversy, failure of political leaders to act fast to mitigate the spread of the virus, and so on. Interesting of it all are the ‘unbelievers’ of Covid-19.

The Disease

          Covid-19, a new strain of corona virus disease, belongs to the same family of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). All of them affect human respiratory organs. Its genetic sequences proved that it originated in animal, in Wuhan, China, mutated, passed into human host and begin to spread. Exactly when and how it mutated is still controversial. More controversial still is the particular host animal that passed it directly to human host.

          The scientist community recommended the washing of hands with anti-bacteria soap, the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, social distancing to help stop the spread of the virus. However, your best chance of fighting off covid-19 is to maintain a healthy diet. Eat good foods that will boost your immune system. Exercise your body to fine tune your body muscles and early detection, isolation and treatment.  



          Governments are overwhelmed by Covid-19 pandemic almost to the point of shutdown just as they initiated lock-down. Now will politics keep the world safe at this terrible time of worldwide pandemic? Policies of the political leaders are forcing people indoor (lock-down), but how long will the lock-down continue to keep the world indoor, as economic depression sweep across the world? More worrisome, are the political leaders totally honest about the virus origin, spread and attempt world mitigation? What policies are in place to cushion disadvantaged citizens that are becoming poorer everyday while their economy tumble as the lock-down bites harder?

          The answers to these questions lie with our political leaders. This is a crucial period, a testing period to bring out the very best or the very worst in our politicians. Nevertheless, the real heroes and heroines are the health workers fighting the virus at the front; politics today are making the world a precarious place to live. They will try, but will never make the world a better place. It’s a reality we must face.