From that Chinese city where the virus started, it has spread to many places around the world. From Italy to Germany, UK, US, France, etc it has spread in alarming proportions.
Even my beloved country Nigeria is not spared. From just one case a month ago, a total of 50 has now been officially recorded.
If that is not alarming, the global statistics is. With over 382,000 cases and over 16,500 deaths so far around the world, the picture is really very bad.
Thankfully, over 102,500 recoveries have been reported. But the scourge has not been fully tamed.
The result of all this is that there is fear in the land. Movements have been restricted, lifestyles altered in immense proportions, reshaping the way we do things.
In effect, life is no longer the same. Everything as we used to know it has changed, sadly not for the better yet.
Apart from the loss of lives, world economy has taken the worse hit. Most stock markets have lost a huge chunk of their value in the last few weeks.
Crude oil price is at its lowest ebb in the last five years. This is not good for Nigeria my country that depends on the sale of crude oil for 90 percent of her annual foreign exchange earnings.
Beyond that, we have seen the government take some radical decisions. Our international borders have now been shut: no going out and no coming in.
Airlines are grounded. Interstate travels also restricted.
Hand washing with soap and water or health sanitizer is one culture everyone is practicing.
People are afraid to mingle. This is the era of social distancing. For some people it is self-isolation.
The year of 2020 will surely go down in history as the year of social distancing. Everyone is trying to stay safe from Corona virus.
Federal and State government workers have been ordered to stay at home to prevent further spread of the virus. “Don’t worry, your salaries will still paid in full” assured the government.
Even the private sector employers are not left out. Many of them have ordered their staff to work from home until further notice.
Except for a few instances, working from home has not been part of our experience in this part of the world. But now the by-word has become, if you must, work from home, stay at home and stay safe.
As I am typing this I am at home, with a view to staying safe from the pandemic. Thanks to our employer, some of us don’t have to go to work this week. Yet our salaries will be paid in full.
By implication, while it is already given that most companies incomes for the year might take a deep due to coronavirus pandemic, their costs will certainly rise. It is hoped the situation doesn’t get worse.
Coronavirus scare has also affected the way we worship. By Government order, no church or mosque can gather 20 people in one place in the name of worship.
For most mega churches here, services have always been streamed online but we still preferred to attend physical fellowship.
All that has now changed. More of my fellow citizens have bought into the idea of attending online church services.
Schools around the nation have since been shut down. Scheduled weddings have been postponed. Sports, entertainment and other social events have been put on hold.
Let me stop here for now. The point has already been made. Coronavirus pandemic has reshaped the way we do things. How long this forced lifestyle change will last is something no one is yet sure of.
In what way has the coronavirus scare reshaped your life?