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COVID is Here to Stay: Moving Forward from the Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic

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There was life before the pandemic and there still will be one when this war is over. What’s important is how you accustom yourself with the new reality of living in a COVID-19 world.

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“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives.
It is the one that is most adaptable to change”

– Charles Darwin

It seems as though the media has moved on from reports of cases of the COVID-19 infections the world. With the Covid-19 vaccination, it appears as though the virus might just faze out on its own.

Although, the panic and anxiety have reduced drastically, it does not mean that people do not continue to live on the edge. The death tolls may have reduced, but the pandemic has equally brought social and economic breakdown alongside. To date, people still get infected with Covid-19.

Is Covid here to Stay?

It seems that the Corona virus disease does a very good job at finding new persons to infect even after they have been vaccinated. Hence, it is safe to say that Covid is here to stay as it appears not to have an end in sight.
Matter of fact, Covid having variants goes to show that this is not just a virus that will simply disappear on its own.

A variant usually occurs because of the constantly changing nature of a virus. This variance causes different forms of illness after invading into the body system depending on the type.

For instance, the variant of Covid named, Omicron is causing a rise in infections in South Africa, Canada, Asia, Europe, Germany and about twenty other countries. This virus was declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a variant of concern. It causes common cold and is highly contagious.

The Omicron virus as a variant of concern has fast and easy access to cells and also has a lot (about 30 to 60) of mutations. In immune-compromised persons and areas of low surveillance, mutations result in severity and easy spread of this infection.

Signs and symptoms of the omicron variant infection

  • Body aches and pains
  • Muscle pains especially in the lower back
  • Headache
  • Tiredness lasting for about 1 or 2 days
  • Slight sore throat
  • Fever
  • Night sweats

Tests for Omicron variant

The tests for Omicron variant have been proven to be more effective after 24 hours to 5 days of initial notice of disease symptoms. Tests available for the Omicron variant include:

  1. The PCR test: The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is a test done to detect presence of genetic materials from a specific organism such as a virus. This type of test is usually fast and accurate.
  1. Antigen-based rapid diagnostic test: This employs the use of medical device products of high technology used in clinics.

Apparently, at some point, we would have to realize that Covid is here to stay. So, while the government is taking necessary measures and seeking feasible options to flatten the curve, you should equally start seeking ways of moving forward from covid.

Truth is, life will never remain the same, hence, it is in everyone’s best interest to forge towards moving on with life with the mindset that covid is here to stay.

Moving Forward from the Impact of Covid-19

Here are practical tips to cope with the new reality as it is about time you thought outside the box and embrace viable alternatives in all facets of life. For everything that was put on hold as a result of the pandemic, it is time to go back to them.

Continue your education online. By now, COVID-19 should no longer be an excuse to stop learning. If you agree that Covid is here to stay, then you should take online courses that are beneficial to your field. Great sites for this form of learning include Udemy, Coursera, edX, Khan Academy and so on.

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Learn an online skill that you can exchange for money. Skills like baking, fashion design, makeup, barbing can be learnt through watching videos online. YouTube remains a suitable resource for this.

Leverage digital marketing for your business. Ample use of digital marketing is one of the best ways you can help your business remain afloat in a post COVID-19 world. If anything, the pandemic increased digitization, so now that Covid is here to stay, you should leverage on that.

However, it is imperative to be careful about the kind of digital marketing campaigns you pivot this period, taking into consideration the uncertainties that becloud customers’ judgement in times like these. Be strategic.

Embrace telemedicine. Telemedicine, also known as telehealth, is the use of technology to deliver care to patients remotely via a computer or smartphone. In this case, you do not necessarily need an in-person visit to the hospital.

With telemedicine, nothing stops you from continuing your doctor appointments. And if you must go to the hospital, you do not have to just show-up. Schedule an appointment with any hospital of your choice on KompleteCare. This way, you have the right people on ground prior to your arrival. Covid is here to stay, so the earlier the way patients receive and experience healthcare adapts to this reality, the better.

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KompleteCare is one of the virtual platforms that you can use to talk to a certified doctor from your home through Online video/audio Consultation. You can get more insights on how KompleteCare is enhancing access to Affordable, Cost Effective and Quality Health care in Nigeria despite COVID-19.

Make activities in your company more digital-friendly:

If before COVID-19, you were used to organizing seminars and workshops in your organization, you still can. Only that this time, it will be in the form of webinars and online trainings instead.

And in the event that your workers may not work from home, endeavor to avoid unnecessary physical work meetings as much as you can by using conference calls via applications like Zoom, Google Hangout, Skype, Slack and Microsoft Teams. Amidst this global health crisis, one truth we must all embrace is that life must go on.

There was life before the pandemic and there still will be one when this war is over. What’s important is how you accustom yourself with the new reality of living in a COVID-19 world.

Do you agree that Covid is here to stay? Tell us in the comment section.

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Juliet reply
July 6, 2020 - 2:13 pm

Great share

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Ginika Oluchi Okeke

Ginika is the Lead health writer at KompleteCare. She also doubles as an editor and proofreader for everything that concerns content. When she's not writing content for KompleteCare, you might find her copy-editing works for authors before publication.

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