In the past few weeks, Kenya has registered an increase in the positivity rate of covid-19 up to about 22 per cent from 5 per cent in the previous period.
Despite there being an introduction of the vaccine in the country, we have seen an increase in the number of citizens infected by the virus. Laxity among Kenyans is one of the reasons why there has been increasing in these numbers whereby most of them have begun to ignore the guidelines of the Ministry of Health in curbing the spread of the virus.
Kenya received its first batch of the covid-19 vaccine on the 3rd of March 2021. The Ministry of Health received about one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The vaccines were delivered by the COVAX facility which is also being used by other African countries. The Kenyan government announced that the first people to receive the jab of the vaccine are the health care workers who face the greatest risk of contracting the covid-19 virus while attending to their patients. In the past months, we have seen a great number of frontline workers succumb to the virus while on duty.
Social media has become a very crucial tool for communication in recent days with almost everyone now depending on it fully largely interaction and as a source of news due to its reliability and convenience.
However, social media has in a big way contributed to the fueling of fake news in the country. When the first case of Covid-19 was announced in Kenya on the 15th of March, 2020 for instance, there were several speculations on social media that caused panic among citizens from fake diagnosis, fake doctors offering solutions online to believing in the myths pf Africans are too strong for Covdi-19.
The Rockefeller Foundation has been at the forefront of closing the inequity gap through covid-19 testing and investing. Ahead of the vaccine rollout in Africa, the foundation announced an initial of $34.95 to ensure equitable access to renewable energy in Africa.
While the covid-19 pandemic came about with a lot of disruptions globally, it has also brought about critical changes across all industries that were yet to be discovered. For the first time ever, we had everyone wearing masks and despite their downsides of affecting normal breathing, there are fewer breathing problems that are dust pollution-related.
While Covid-19 came about unexpectedly, we had high possibilities of it ending in a few weeks and having everything go about normally as it used to be. We anticipated to have a Covid-19 free 20201 and have our lives back to fully normal, it has stayed and so is the stigma around it. The pandemic has been quite detrimental as well and patients and victims have constantly gone through the stigma from society.
The first case of Covid-19 in the world was first reported in Wuhan, China in 2019. However, the origin of the virus and transmission to human beings is still unknown. It was speculated that the virus could have originated from the wet /seafood markets in Wuhan and many more speculations that have never been brought to finalization.
The first case of Covid-19 in Africa was reported in Egypt which spread quite fast throughout the continent at a time when the European and Asian continents were at the peak of the pandemic with cases of up to thousands of infections a day
In our earlier article we looked at COVID-19 and its symptoms.
The majority of Kenyans who are and have been infected with COVID-19 experience a mild or asymptomatic disease which can be treated at home. So if you’re experiencing the tell-tale signs of the virus, what should you do to feel better?
Globally, as of 11:05am CET, 24 January 2021, there have been 99,411,901 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 2,132,080 deaths, and 71,484,368 recovered as reported to WHO. In Kenya, there have been 99,898 confirmed cases, 1,740 deaths and 82,936 recovered.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
This is our third article in this series where we have been exploring the effect of Covid-19. In our previous article, Pauline Lesley who is the founder of Rebirth of a Queen, we learned that a lot of harm happened when schools closed for the whole year.