It is expected that recorded infections in Africa will reach the 200k mark soon. Questions surrounding the spread of the highly contagious novel Coronavirus continue to abound and there seem to be more questions than answers at this stage.
On the 5th of June the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially updated its guidelines on Coronavirus precautionary measures. These updated guidelines support my June 1st regional-wide publication which highlighted that a “mask is a must” and stressed the importance of social distancing.
I believe it is just a matter of time before the WHO adds suggestions related to (1) the constant wiping of face sweat in our part of the world and (2) wigs and hair extension hygiene to their guidelines.
The carefully balanced lives versus livelihoods strategy that has been adopted by selected African governments and their respective COVID-19 coordinating teams is for now working.
As of June 8th, the unfortunate fatality rate as a percentage of recorded infections still remains below 3% and well below the global benchmark of 5.8%. Africa’s recovery rate of 44.2% is just below the global rate of 48.97%.
Today, our ability to “coexist with the virus” depends on our behaviour. It is an accepted fact that our individual citizenry vigilance and adherence to the rules of the “battle” are what will keep the elusive SAR-COV-2 in check.
Carefulness is what is needed and not necessarily fearfulness.
Coronavirus has certainly given African nations and the entire world a wakeup call – especially when it comes to public health. For the region’s developing economies, the positive news is that efforts to become self-reliant will need to be intensified as we adapt to a new Coronavirus reality.
Keep hope alive, stay safe and blessed.
Professor Douglas Boateng is an international chartered director and Africa’s first ever appointed Professor Extraordinaire for Industrialisation and Supply Chain Governance. www.panavest.com