Who could have guessed that this deadly pandemic would come about and even more, to stay with us up till this second. Covid-19 more socially known as Corona Virus pandemic started somewhere around the ending of 2019. We all never really took it serious until it hit us. And then soon after it was discovered, it started to spread from its origin to other countries. Then to other continents. Now there are Covid-19 cases spread all over the world with some cases in almost every country. No doubt some countries have had it easy and yet some never did.
At this point we can’t help but think about how this covid-19 has impacted our lives. It’s obviously best to say negative impact since no one wishes the virus would stay any longer. We all wish it was dead gone and buried. And even the memories of it could be deleted. But there is only little we can do as humans.
This pandemic has indeed been something to remember. Many people can tell how much of a menace it has been. From the closure of workplaces, or suspension of work activities, social distancing. lockdowns, Wearing of face masks and many more depending on the individual.
Covid-19 In Ghana
Ghana recorded it’s first case of covid-19 on March 12, 2020 after two cases, that involved the returning occupants from Norway and Turkey. The government officially announced the news on 14th March. And from there social distancing become a thing with a number of universities and educational institutions also suspending activities.
This was trailed by the prohibiting of public get-togethers including meetings, workshops, memorial services, celebrations, political conventions, church exercises and other related occasions to decrease the spread of the infection.
The entirety of the nation’s borders were subsequently closed for about fourteen days from 12 PM of Sunday, March 22, 2020 while on March 30, a partial lock down was forced on Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions.
On April 19, 2020, the president, Akufo-Addo in a broadcast address to the country, gave an order for the compulsory wearing of face covers and possession of sanitizers if one should find him or herself outside or in town.
The Public Response
Indeed, most people couldn’t take it with ease. Especially the problem of wearing face mask every time. People complained a lot and some even refused to wear it.
In a discussion with some public citizens, one merchant complained that she was unable to inhale when she wears the texture face veils however had no better alternative because of the significant expense of the careful covers so needs to continually take it off for some time to inhale some outside air.
One researcher with the Ghana Standards Authority said his work expects him to wear the careful cover during working hours at the lab even before the COVID-19 pandemic. He used to wear the veils for four hours with discontinuous breaks for some natural air yet the pandemic introduced more stress when it came to getting these breaks for natural air.
“At first, when I was wearing face covers at the lab just, everything was typical. Presently, I am constrained to wear the face veil around ten hours of every day for five days every week without taking it off aside from when I need to take a bite or drink water”, he said.
Yet, following eight months of wearing face covers, he began experiencing issues in breathing at whatever point the face veil was taken out for such exercises or while in his home.
He had an irritated throat and suspected that he may have gotten the COVID-19. However was convinced when his companions at the same work environment also made mention of having the same experience yet tested negative to the infection.
For One Lady, a financial specialist, the wearing of this protective garment on the face is squeezing her ears.
“I wear glasses so both the Temples of the glasses and the strings of the veils, gauge my ears consistently. In some cases I am constrained to eliminate one of them for some alleviation”, she said.
As per a dermatologist, Dr. Mckeown Seade of the Korle Bu showing Hospital, the likelihood of having a skin disturbance depends on the material and texture utilized in making the face covers. It is significant that individuals wear the endorsed face covers suggested by the Food and Drugs Authority.
“Individuals can likewise apply cream to their appearances prior to wearing the face veils to help diminish the effect of the aggravations,” Dr Seade added.
A researcher at the West African Center for Cell Biology Pathogen, (WACCBIP) Dr. Yaw Bediako said some may have skin disturbances after delayed wearing yet there is actually no other decision since face veils are a significant piece of the battle against COVID-19. “Whenever individuals quit wearing face covers, there is an ascent in COVID-19 cases so we truly don’t have any alternative”, he said,
He clarified that analysts and specialists had not gotten any proper grumblings about individuals having serious responses from the drawn out wearing of face covers.
Regarding the question of when the face veils will end, no one knows. However there is a conviction that researchers are doing all that could be within reach in their ability to see a finish to it. And potentially with the antibody intercessions, all these could reach a conclusion.