THERE is an anticipated third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic expected beginning of winter season according to the head of epidemiology and disease control Dr Kudzai Masunda.
After the first wave of the virus hit us in March 2020, around August last year, a similar warning was given about the possibility of a second wave.
People did not take heed and the second wave did strike – deadlier than the first – because less than 300 people (out of close to 11 000 cases) had died of Covid-19 since the first case was recorded, leading to people taking the disease for granted.
Now that that second wave has been contained, we face a possible third wave as people have relaxed once again with the deaths dropping from as many as 60 per day to the current zero to two deaths per day average.
Our story yesterday warned people about the possibility of a third wave of Covid-19 in the country. The main reason – should this third wave occur – would be people’s lack of seriousness.
As a people we had done well to keep this disease locked down – especially from the elderly and from those with compromised immune systems.
However, if we throw our guard down, we will live to regret.
Covid-19 vaccination is very important and key in readiness to this possible third wave.
Should it come, it should find us vaccinated to avoid rapid spread.
But also equally important is our behavior to avoid this third wave in the first place.
Covid-19 is spread by people and if we just follow the WHO and health ministry guidelines, we are halfway through conquering this pandemic.
President Mnangagwa is on record as saying “act like you have the virus”.
In short, let us stick to the basics. Let us have the fear of this pandemic that we had in March 2020 when we recorded our first case.
This means you are covering your mouth and nose with a mask to prevent coughing or sneezing it into nearby people or surfaces. This means you are avoiding touching your face because your hands are the easiest way to spread or catch the virus through.
This means you are washing your hands regularly to avoid spreading the virus.
It also means you are not getting too close to people and are maintaining social distancing. You are leaving a space of two meters between you and the next person. You are avoiding visiting people – be they close friends and or relatives.
You shall stay at home with your family but even with them, you are keeping a distance out of care that the virus may spread to the people you love the most.
These are precautions everyone – Covid-19 positive or negative, vaccinated or not – is expected to take to prevent the spread of the virus.