Covid 19 Pandemic: Beyond The Conspiracy Theories

The novel coronavirus also known as covid 19 is still ravaging various parts of the world. Although concerted efforts are being made to contain the pandemic, the global picture is still very gloomy.

For a disease as deadly as the coronavirus pandemic, it will make a lot of sense for us to figure out and be absolutely sure what caused it – for posterity sake.

But going by various reports monitored on social media, there is hardly a worldwide consensus as to the actual cause of the disease. As a result, several conspiracy theories exist…

Right or wrong, many people believe that the deadly strain of virus causing the pandemic was passed from wild animals to humans. This was the report that came of out Wuhan City, China, where the disease was reported to have originated from.

In addition, there are also insinuations in some quarters that the virus is nothing but a secretly contrived biological weapon that couldn’t be contained any more.

Some other people called it a covert chemical weapon development experiment that backfired.

There was also another theory that the covid 19 pandemic is nothing but the hazardous radiation consequence of the 5G communication technology purportedly deployed in some cities of the world.

It is not for me to argue here whether or not these claims are correct. It is a matter of time, the truth will be fully revealed.

But beyond the so-called conspiracy theories surrounding the remote cause of the covid 19 pandemic, no one can deny that there was an actual disease outbreak across the world that is making actual human beings suffer, leading to actual multiple deaths and actual global lockdowns.

As at the time of writing this post, over two million individual cases of this deadly infection have been cumulatively reported globally. And this has resulted in actual human deaths of not less than one hundred and fifty thousand persons.

Economic effects of coronavirus pandemic

Unfortunately, those numbers are most likely to go up over the next days or weeks pending when the vaccine for the prevention and treatment of the infection is developed and made commercially available.

Consequent upon the pandemic, our lives are no longer the same as our lives have been disrupted in more ways than one.

Most cities where the disease have been reported have been placed on lockdown pending when the pandemic is contained.

“Stay safe, stay at home,” we are told. This means that we can hardly go where we want to go and when we want to go.

And no one is sure when the lockdown order will be lifted.

Global productivity is declining across world economies because most hardworking people who are supposed to be at work are now resting at home due to no fault of theirs.

We all know that, “Work from home” is a cliche that isn’t possible for all the baskets of employees presently on lockdown.

The only people that are fully engaged at this time are our health or medical workers. They are working tirelessly and risking their own lives to save the lives of those who are battling with the pandemic.

Major employers continue to pay salaries to their staff even when majority of their staff are observing the stay-at-home order. Don’t ask me how long this will be sustained!

Nations and governments of the word are humbled. Just one plague has proven that despite the hyped advances in medicine, our healthcare system is still very much challenged.

As one wag puts it, the nations of the world are prepared for war but none is prepared for a plague such as covid 19. Isn’t that an irony?

Time will fail me to begin to talk about the job losses, lost or depleted investments, and other forms of economic hardships caused by the covid 19 pandemic. We are all already feeling the impact in one way or another!

Therefore, whether or not the people of the world come to a consensus as to the actual cause of the coronavirus pandemic, none of us can deny the fact that beyond the conspiracy theories in circulation, the pandemic has adversely affected our lives in all ramifications.

And I doubt that the world will remain the same once this battle of containing the spread of the pandemic is over.

Please let me know what you think in the comment section.

7 Broad Ways To Maximise Your Life During A Lockdown

The city where you live or work may be on a lockdown but your life should not be on a shutdown. Even as much movement is restricted, there are things you can do within your home to maximise your life during the lockdown.

Due to the covid 19 pandemic movement of people around the world has been largely restricted. The slogan is now “stay at home”,  “stay safe,” or “work from home.”

However, not everyone is equipped with the facility to work from home. So apart from working, what else can you do to maximize your time at home in a period of lockdown?

How to use your time well during a lockdown

In a previous post on this blog, I advanced some broad guidelines to maximise your time at home during a lockdown. This post is my attempt at throwing more light into the ideas broached in that introductory post.

Let’s enjoy the ride together.

1. Do things that will rejuvenate you

In this fast-paced world, an average human being is stressed out, overstretched and overused. Now that you are on lockdown, I would expect that you make deliberate effort at renewing your energy.

There are three areas of your life that you should touch in this regard: spirit, soul and body.

As a human being, you are a spirit, you live in a body and you have a soul. How much have you taken good care of these individual parts of you over the years?

Here are my suggestions on how you can rejuvenate you:

Exercising at home during a lock down

A) Your spirit – be in tune with your Creator. Develop/maintain a personal relationship with Him. Worship Him. Talk to Him in prayer. Seek to know Him more by studying His Word.

B) Your body – This is the time to stay long in bed without feeling guilty; have maximum sleep/rest hours. Eat healthy foods and engage in appropriate physical exercises.

C) Your soul – read as many relevant books as you can during this period. Meditate too (here I mean, imaginative thinking, not emptying your mind). Also engage in writing. Just write.

2. Do things that can rekindle your lost or strained relationships of interest

I can understand that because you have been so busy all these years, you didn’t have the time to nurture or maintain some relationships that might have been mutually beneficial to you and the other person. Please use this lockdown period to reach out and rebuild.

Of course I know your movement has been restricted to your house so physical visitation to someone is out of the question. But thank God for technology, we have super fast ways to contact people that interest us.

Ways to rekindle a relationship.

Make a call, send a text message or chat, send an email communicating your love and care. I guarantee you the feeling and outcome will be worth it for you (and the person on the other side).

If you don’t know who to start with, let me give you some ideas: your parents, siblings, uncle or aunt that you haven’t spoken with (at least) in the last three months.

What about people that the only time you talked to them was to say Merry Christmas or Happy New Year two years ago? Call them now and have a normal conversation with them.

Practical Exercise:

Before you continue reading, please pull out your pen and writing pad now. Write down the names of 5 to 10 people you should contact immediately either through phone call (strongly recommended), text messages, online chats or email.

Reach out to them once you are done reading this post. I will be overjoyed to hear your feedback.

Sexual satisfaction in marriage

3. Pay more attention to your spouse’s emotional needs

Prior to this time, you have been so busy you have not given sufficient attention to satisfying your spouse’s emotional needs. Lockdown has changed everything now.

With the lockdown, there is enough time to focus on specially loving your spouse. Give each other maximum pleasure and satisfaction.

You don’t have any excuse not to engage in love-making with your spouse during this lockdown period. Do it well and do it often.

Let down your guards and be vulnerable to each other. Listen to whatever your spouse has to say, after all you are not running late for any meeting now.

4. Have more family time

The lockdown has afforded you more time to spend with your entire family. Use it to engage in activities that promote bonding more with your spouse and your children.

You will have noticed that you have missed out a lot from the goings-on in their lives while you were busy with your career, job, business, education or whatever it is that had kept you away from your family before the lockdown.

Now that you are around at home with them, play educational games together. Watch family-friendly movies together. Eat together. Pray together. Study the Bible together.

Family eating together, praying together.

Tell stories to your kids and let them share their own thoughts too. Ask them about their friends, their interests and ambitions.

No judging – just listen to them. You will have a good laugh listening to them.

5. Reach out with a helping hand to some needy persons around you

Let’s face it, the lockdown has caused much economic hardship to some people around you or a far off. It’s time to reach to such people.

Not everyone is as blessed as you are. Even if you think these are not the best times for you economically, remember that there are people that are worse off than you are.

Bottom line, no matter your economic estate, you can still reach out and bless someone around you with whatever you have. Be it some items of groceries or sanitary items, I’m sure they will be received with appreciation.

Some people will need money, so you can do a bank transfer to their accounts. (Thanks to all the celebrities who reports monitored on social media show that they have been transfering some funds to the accounts of some of their poor followers).

6. Learn a new skill

This lockdown period is not too short for you to acquire a new skill or improve on existing ones. And you don’t need to be in a formal classroom to achieve that goal.

In this age of information technology, you can learn virtually anything online. The videos are there on YouTube for free. Just search search out the one you want and get started.

For instance, you can learn, or improve on your knowledge of, excel spreadsheet, power point presentation, photo-editing, etc.

How about topping up your culinary skills? Can’t you learn how to make ice cream at home during this lockdown? What about dough-nut, pop corn and your other favourite snacks at home?

Whatever it is you have to learn within this available time, just learn it. No more excuse of “I don’t have enough time…”

What I wish for you is to be better equipped when you emerge at the other side of the lockdown. Make it possible.

Post lockdown restrategising

7. Begin to re-strategise or plan for your life post-lockdown

As you know, this lockdown is not going to continue forever. At some point in future (no matter how long that will take), the stay-at-home order will be lifted.

When that happens, what are you going to do? Go back to life as usual?

I guess you will have to make some adjustments to the way you live your life. One effect of the covid 19 lockdown is that it has reshaped the way we do things.

I’m convinced that life is not going to be the same for most of us after this experience. If that is so, I will advise you to make some changes to your life’s plan or else the change might have to be forced on you.

My point is, use this lockdown period to think about your life, reorder your priorities, setting new goals for your career, family, business, education, relationship, etc.

What do you think?

Covid 19 Lockdown: Maximising Your Personal Time

One good thing that has come out of the covid 19 lockdown around the world is the fact that most of us now have more personal time at our disposal than we have had in many years.

With the stay-at-home order by the government, we have slowed down significantly from our fast-paced daily lives to the one where our movement has been largely restricted.

Instead of our usual up and going lifestyle, we have been constrained to an up and staying one. And suddenly we realise we now probably have more time on our hands than we can use.

Despite the lockdown, I want you to know that you can still be up and doing, even while at home.

Instead of complaining of boredom like some people are already doing, I wish for you to maximise this free time by doing some things that you have always wanted to do but never found sufficient time to do them.

For all you care, this lockdown certainly will not continue forever. So pending when our movements would no longer be restricted, endeavour to make the best use of the free time afforded to you by the coronavirus lockdown.

In that regard, permit me to suggest some broad guidelines on the things you can do:

  • Do things that will rejuvenate or strengthen your spirit, soul and body;
  • Do things that can rekindle your lost or strained relationships of interest;
  • Pay more attention to your spouse’s emotional needs, giving each other maximum pleasure and satisfaction;
  • Have more family time, engaging in activities that promote bonding with your children;
  • Reach out with a helping hand to some needy persons around you;
  • Begin to restrategise for your life post lockdown, setting new goals for your career, family etc.

I hope you found the post helpful. I shall further explore the above guidelines in a subsequent post.

For now, thank you for reading and please leave me a comment.