1 important lesson the coronavirus has taught us

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Health has always been cherished but never controlled. – Bob Cutillo

I believe we can all agree that all of us work towards enjoying life to the fullest. For many of us, that means a lot more than just having large sums of money. It means being in good health.

Although, many have gone after money and sacrificed on their health. We now know that there’s no point of having a lot of money if you can’t enjoy it.

Many consult their special doctors while others visit gyms regularly. All these are done to show that people do cherish health or at least being healthy. We all desire to have some degree of control over our health.

Nevertheless, when pandemics such as the present coronavirus outbreak show up, it becomes evident that we are never in control. We live in a world that is ruled by microbial organisms.

For the first time, the 21st century has come to acknowledge that we are not alone on this earth after all. Governments or nations have come to recognize the true nature of the microbial world.

Surprisingly many people believe the issues of this virus are political. Whether or not that is true is not necessary at this point. This is because life as we know it has changed and many lives have already been lost. So debates on whether or not it is political are unhelpful.

This also means that we have to tread carefully as we go about our business on this planet. It is just as the American poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The first wealth is health”.

Many precautions have been brought forward and it is imperative that we comply with those from credible sources. We cannot afford to believe just about anything that is said out there because as I always say there are some swindlers out there who talk about this as though it was a joke.

Remember to protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus by following these guidelines:

  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
  • Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.

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Teboho is a Social Worker, Writer and Inspirational Speaker. He is in pursuit of MSc. in Managerial Psychology. Graduates are able to apply psychological principles and methods to tackle challenges in the work environment and provide effective practical solutions. Acting as industrial-organizational psychologists.