COVID-19 has now directly affected more than 38 million persons globally. Experts indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic will continue well into 2021.
Significant scientific efforts are being made to ensure availability of effective vaccines at the earliest opportunity. We do not know when an effective vaccine will be ready for global roll-out.
This situation reflects the continued importance of preventive measures in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.
Globally, several countries are experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 infections as part of a ‘second wave ‘of the pandemic. New lockdown measures are already being applied in certain instances. Locally in Kenya, a recent rise in positivity rates is also raising concern about resurgence of COVID-19 infections due to enhanced community transmission.
What lessons can we learn from countries experiencing resurgence of COVID-19 after the initial downward infection trends?
- Many countries have sought to strike a balance between easing COVID-19 restrictions to enhance movement and socio-economic activity versus continued application
of strict public health measures to effectively control the pandemic. It is now clear that both approaches need to be applied carefully too bring COVID-19 under control
as we transition to the ‘new normal’.
- In many countries, instances of COVID-19 resurgence have been linked to behavior that places individuals and groups at higher risk of COVID-19 infection e.g. participation
in gatherings and entertainment events with little or no COVID-19 safeguards.
- The term ‘Pandemic fatigue’ has been used to describe a sense of weariness that comes from persistent vigilance and application of restrictive public health measures to
control the COVID-19 pandemic .The emotional, social, and public health significance of ‘pandemic fatigue’ should not be understated even as we encourage each other
to stay motivated and practice self-care for the benefit of our physical & mental health. GAVI- Dangers of Pandemic fatigue ;
Notwithstanding above, JMS strongly encourages UN personnel and dependents not to relax in practicing COVID-19 prevention measures at individual, family, and community settings.
perform hand hygiene.
- Recognize the common COVID-19 symptoms.
Stay at home & call JMS on Cell No +254 724 255 378 for further assistance.