Letter to the Editor

COVID-19 management depends on how we manage our activities

Dear editor,
A TYPICAL set-up and composition of our communities in Lusaka :
1. Salaula
People pick and throw back clothes on a pile that others pick from. This happens the whole day. Furthermore, social distancing does not apply where this activity is concerned.
2. Fruits and vegetables
People pick and put back fruits as they try to pick what is of interest and quality to them, thereafter others will come and pick from the same lot that others have touched. Social distancing does not apply where this activity is concerned.
3. Shopping malls
The normal trend of people everywhere is that they like touching what they do not intend to buy, but just to see and put it back on the shelf. Social distancing does not apply where this activity is concerned.
4. Handshakes
Handshakes are the order of the day as they are an expression of closeness and humility. Social distancing does not exist where this activity is concerned.
5. Dusty environments
We don’t fall short of sneezing and coughing.
Social distancing is highly compromised.
6. Stay-at-home principle
We live so close to each other so much that the square metres that each household covers make isolation practically not feasible.
Social distancing can be managed better.
7. Uncontrolled movements
Children and young adults (18yrs and below) are always visiting each other to pass time and frequent crowded places.
If we manage the above, the spread of COVID-19 can be curtailed by more than 50 percent.

MPHWAITO SAKALA
Lusaka

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