Covid-19 has once again reminded us that we have not rid ourselves of the virus and it is living amongst us.
We relapsed in protecting ourselves and we are paying the price as cases have shot up and they are not stopping.
On Tuesday 107 Covid-19 death cases were recorded. That is a huge number of deaths in a day for a small country like Zimbabwe.
Those 107 deaths took the cumulative deaths to 3 280 and more are still dying.
Harare still leads other provinces on new COVID-19 cases with 438 cases recorded on Tuesday alone, followed by Mashonaland East with 284. Mashonaland West had 200 with Masvingo and Manicaland close behind with 159 and 158 respectively.
Whilst it is a good thing that a total of 2 669 new recoveries were recorded which saw the active cases going down to 27935, if we continue to record new cases the cycle does not end.
Cumulatively, Zimbabwe has recorded 101 711 cases, 70 496 recoveries and 3 280 deaths. These are scary figures considering our capacity as a country.
Our hospitals for example are burdened. A total of 818 people were hospitalized, 120 of which were new admissions. And this is not easy to cope with.
The lockdown measures and regulations can even get worse if we do not listen and continue in our slumber.
The arrival of vaccines might give people a false sense of security that Covid-19 is no longer a threat.
That line of thought is both wrong and unfortunate.
We all still have a role to play to curb the COVID-19 pandemic as the battle is far from won.
We still need to go back to the basics to stop this global pandemic in our locality.
From a Zimbabwean perspective there are things that we need to monotonously remind each other of in order to prevent the disease from spreading within our borders.
First and foremost, to help stop Covid-19, one must know the signs and symptoms of the disease.
This helps because knowing these means if you develop a fever, start coughing, experience shortness of breath, you know you could be suffering from Covid-19 and will take preventive measures.
You will also know that if you have been in contact with a sick person exhibiting the aforementioned signs and symptoms, you could be a victim and you will take the necessary precautions.
Even more importantly, we must know HOW to prevent Covid-19.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home when you are sick.