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 government has had to put new measures once again.
Now, once again, all gatherings have been banned including churches, music shows and sports while funerals have been restricted to a maximum of 30 people.
All businesses have been ordered to decongest by 50 percent except essential services and to operate from 8am to 6pm under strict regulations.
Bottle stores are to operate from 10am to 4pm with no drinking within or around the premises whilst beer halls and night clubs remain closed.
Restaurants and fast food outlets will serve takeaway only. Hotels will serve residents only. Markets will close at 6pm and vending around and within tobacco auction floors is prohibited amongst a host of other measures.
These 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.
This means 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.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
These are precautions we have to take and turn into habitual traits.
Even after the Covid-19 pandemic is contained and no longer a threat, these are habits that we have to develop and always practice.