It came unanticipated, and just surely as the sun that will set tomorrow, it will come to an end.With no cure or vaccine in sight,and some medical experts saying the Covid 19 might be here for about two years, we have to find ways to put it under control and restore some normalcy so as to at least expedite getting to the end of the tunnel and see some light.
Anxiety, fear, pessimism is reigning supreme in every sector. However, at this juncture, bravery and shrewdness ought be the new game in town to outsmart the deadly virus and its effects. A lot of rumours and theories are flying around but what stands is that businesses have to function, families have to be fed. Business people are thus putting all stops to curb the spread and also doing what they can to remain afloat amidst a looming economic depression. The situation is depressing to many employees in Zimbabwe’s situation half of the employed might find themselves jobless.
We all thus, need to start planning now. In the face of total shutdowns, we all have skills and careers that we have invested in. People need to re-strategise and look at how to do things differently. In any crisis situation, be it war or this unprecedented lockdown of the global society and economies, innovation thrives. We have to be very much innovative to work ‘virtually’ or online; to start new businesses if our current ones fail; to look at how to turn unique skills or hobbies or passion-projects into business ventures.The internet is today’s way to go and for the determined it will work wonders.
It is in this vein that artists, traders and other businesses including mobile money operators are more ‘present’ online to cater for consumers in the comfort of their homes. Many artists are reaching to their fan-base online, while mobile money operators are recording a boom as more and more people try by all means to avoid physical money. Online buying and selling is on a meticulous rise, educators and students have stepped out of the shell and started online classes that will continue to ‘infinite’.It is the new order where some positives will be recorded after the scourge. It is time to adjust and adapt now because social distancing and discouragement of large numbers is here with us for a longer time.
It is time leaders in the community, economy, technology, education, politics, industry,entertainment and sport among other sectors start formulating policies to move forward after the pandemic.One thing for sure is that the pandemic will completely change every terrain,for better or for worse. Little hope can be drawn from China which has emerged to a semblance of normalcy in some areas after months of lockdown. *prevention is better than cure*