“More people infected with Covid-19 as cases surge globally” has become a very familiar yet undesirable chorus on every media platform causing immense discomfort, anxiety and psychological trauma for many. It has become such a hope-dashing tune that many are beginning to throw their hands in despair with each passing day as it seems to indicate that there is no end to the spread of the deadly Covid-19, and it is just a matter of time before one contracts it.
That chorus is beginning to trigger questions in the minds of many about life; questions like – what are we here for? What have we done with our lives? What do we yet wish to do if given the opportunity? Who is truly important in our lives? What is it that we truly cherish? and more.
In spite of the havoc Covid-19 has caused around the globe and at home, and the uneasiness it has created for people, some also seem not to care about taking the necessary precautions to ward off this life threatening silent killer. Indeed, in Ghana, just a day after one leading politician complained about suffering from a Covid-19 infection, another who was confirmed positive, was out in public even though he was fully aware of his status.
Given the sharp contrast between the two behaviors, ABC News team set out to find out from a section of Ghanaians what lessons they have learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic and what they will do differently if it passes.
The news team found that the pandemic has taught people a number of lessons; some of which are learning to love one another and eschewing any form of violence.
One gentleman said “This pandemic has taught me that I need to draw closer to God and do his will”.
“I will also continue with the basic personal hygiene – I will not stop, it has really taught me so much” a taxi driver told our news team.
Meanwhile, quite a number of people the team spoke with still do not understand what is happening and how severe COVID 19 is. They only express themselves through anger and frustration.
Some say they are finding social distancing a difficult pill to swallow because they can hardly live with the reality of no hand shake, no hugging and all the prohibitions that come with it.
Ghana’s COVID-19 case count has risen to 18,134, with 13,550 recoveries. The death toll has also increased by 5, bringing the total death toll to 117.Figures released by the Ghana Health Service on Wednesday, July 1, said the number of active cases now stands at 4,467.