The COVID-19 outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus has found its way to the shores of Jamaica. Yesterday the 11th of March, had the World Health Organisation officially declare the virus outbreak as a pandemic. All the people who had been going on about how people were fear mongering should now just eat humble pie and help come up with solutions.
The WHO and other health organisations have outlined measures to be taken by individuals to help stem the outbreak. Chief among them are to,
- Clean your hands often with soap and water for about 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- In the absence of water and soap use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
The first known case of the virus in Jamaica has been identified as a 50 year old woman who traveled from the United Kingdom to Jamaica on the 4th March. The lady started experiencing symptoms when she was with her family in Bull Bay, St Thomas. She has had contact with numerous people as she attended a funeral in the last few days.
The virus is officially in Jamaica and dancehall celebrities have come out on social media expressing their concern. Among them are Vybz, Popcaan, Ishawna and Cecile. Some artists were taking selfies with masks. While others like Popcaan took it a step further wearing long sleeved pieces of clothing coupled with a balaclava. Spice made light of the situation saying “Now that everyone is washing their hands, this week we’ll discuss washing your ass, feet and pits,” on her instagram.
Its not a light situation and must be taken seriously. Most European countries have forced sport to be played behind closed doors. Jamaica will probably follow suit and postpone or cancel some upcoming concerts which will force dancehall acts to take it seriously.