Of Coffee With A Pandemic

If you were having coffee with me I would be glad we could still meet like this, it’s strange how one tiny lil virus can disrupt the world so much, one day countries are making big plans and the next boarders are being shut down, events are being cancelled and people are being quarantined. I predict there is going to be a quarantine baby boom, as some calling it The Coronial Generation.

Picture it: 13 years from now (should we survive) you will get a Rise Of The QuaranTeens.

People have such as an amazing capacity for finding humour even when the world feels like its going to end, whether its a virus wiping out everyone or a fires burning down everything, floods washing away all life or a drought turning everywhere into a desert and of course not forgetting world wars that could escalate into another nuclear holocaust. Can you believe we are still only three months into the year and have already gone through so much.

The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

A pandemic is defined as the “worldwide spread” of a new disease. Whereas, an outbreak is the occurrence of disease cases in excess of what’s normally expected and an epidemic is more than a normal number cases of an illness, specific health-related behavior or other health-related events in a community or region, according to the World Health Organization.

“Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this coronavirus. It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do.”

WHO Director General
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Photo by: REUTERS / Li He / Xinhua 

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that the world seems to be mostly divided into people who are over-reacting to the pandemic, while others are not panicking enough and very few who are being level headed about what practically needs to be done.

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert touched the microphones and recorders of the media after his March 9 press conference -- two days before he tested positive for coronavirus.
Rudy Gobert NBA Player thought it would be funny to touch media mics mocking Corona Virus precautions two days later tested positive. Source: CNN

For the most part Africa had seemed to be largely spared of this contagious pandemic but now…….

As at Sunday 15th of March 26 of Africa’s 52 countries had confirmed cases of COVID-19 patients and our neighbouring country South Africa had risen to 38 confirmed patients and has declared a state of disaster over coronavirus

COVID-19 Cases in Africa
COVID-19 Cases In Africa Source: WHO

Zimbabwe still is corona virus free although people on the street have all sorts of conspiracies on how cases of the virus could have been concealed and others argue that would it be impossible to hide this pandemic; if people were getting sick we would have seen or known about it.

The perm sec. in the ministry of information made the following comment asking what possible benefits a country could have for hiding its coronavirus state.

This kind of has me wondering then if they misrepresent somethings to access aid funds? Obviously they would not do anything without benefit right?

On Wednesday, the Global Fund said it will avail US$25 million in the next five days to help Zimbabwe fight Covid 19 and the money will be used for among others emergency response preparations at infectious diseases hospitals, including at Bulawayo’s Thorngrove Infectious Diseases Hospital.
81 people under Coronavirus quarantine Source: Chronicle

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that we had a bit of a scare when a coronavirus suspected patient “absconded” testing from Wilkins Hospital which is the official quarantine facility.

The police and health authorities where out looking for the medical fugitive and some reports say he was spotted at local pharmacies asking if they had COVID-19 medication. Eventually he reported back at the hospital and test for the virus came back negative all’s well ends well……

…And amidst all this the Minister of Defence made the following statement at a meeting

“Coronavirus is the work of God punishing countries that imposed sanctions on us. They are now keeping indoors. Their economies are screaming just like they did to ours. Trump should know that he is not God,”

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that while addressing a gathering in Gutu, where he had broken ground for the construction of a maternity wing and offered to fund the care and education of the first five babies delivered in the wing for their whole lives; our president spoke of a time when he was an Member of Parliament for Kwekwe and had helped build a mortuary which was very cool then done a giveaway where the first family to use the facilities, would get a prize….   

Gallows humour from the president is not the most appropriate, especially when it comes across as you not having sanctity for human life and we live in a world where its easier to bury your failures but hey at least the mortuary is cool…

If you are having coffee with I would tell you that in another episode of our downward spiral economy you would not believe that just the other week the “Zimbabwean dollar” was at 1:28 to the USD then shot up to 1:40 on the parallel market in matter of days while the official interbank rate is still at 1USD to 18 ZWL.

The reserve bank governor and the minister of finance have launched a whole new cocktail of measures to cure the ailing economy; like launching yet another (taskforce at this rate we may need a taskforce to keep track of all the existing taskforces) anyway this one is the Currency Stabilisation Taskforce and pretty much admitted that the interbank exchange is not a truly reflective standard of the forex exchange and should now be shifting to a managed floating exchange rate system determined by a Reuters based system.

I have no idea what all that means, I guess we will have to wait and see if the runaway inflation can be controlled. I keep picturing inflation like a runaway train like the one from that movie starring Denzel Washington and everything they are trying to do to stop it is not working…

runaway train clip art

Oh and today another special government gazette has been made, on a Sunday no less, barring buying of local stock of dual-listed companies and selling to external markets; such activities have been blamed for driving parallel market rates upwards…

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If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that I had an interesting chat with a travelling artist on mission to leave her art in all the countries she visits; for her home is nowhere and everywhere her art lives

Art not only colours surfaces, but people, feelings and atmosphere

Do come back for the rest of this story…. ^_^

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that Enthuse Afrika was celebrating me as an African Storyteller Of The Week for being, well, me…

African storyteller of the week 
Beaton Mabaso
Uncle of bloggers

So whats going on in your neck of the woods?

~B

PS Stay safe out there and while everyone is else is busy panic buying stuff, you can panic binge read my blog or bookmark for your quarantine read and I will keep you company

The Ronas facemask

23 Comments

  1. It’s CRAZY out there B!! What’s happening is historic, unbelievable, something that we all haven’t seen or witnessed before. Stay safe out there!! 🙏🥰

    Can’t wait to hear more about the traveling artist! Great photo you shared of you two together, sounds so interesting!! Thanks for the coffee. 😃🙏❤️

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    1. It seems we are always slow to learn, from history and experience and quick to forget too…

      Likewise stay calm and stay alive.

      Sometime this week you can catch up on the coffee chat I had with The Artist.

      ~B

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  2. You have a very funny sense of humor. I loved the part about the Corona quarantine babies. In such times its amazing that we can still laugh…….. we need it though. Stay safe.

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  3. Feels like a movies where there is a pandemic and scientists are busy looking for a cure.

    Ignorance by the minister there is really appalling.

    Dreamt of a headline which said, ” Covid-19 Cure found in Zimbabwe”. Got me thinking of our Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

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  4. Can we just get a new government 😂😂😂 I am just done with their nonsense. apparently Coronavirus is also being called the “Baby Boomer Remover” cause of the whole baby boomers are being affected the most thing

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    1. Haha! Someone was joking about how medication for the virus should come mixed with birth control meds for population control lol

      I am good for now thanks😊
      How is your corner handling the craziness
      ~B

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  5. ooo – Beaton.

    I love the idea of being someone’s virus blookmarked blog. Let’s see, I have 93 DOT stories now. At say an average of 8 minutes of reading time each = 744 minutes or 12.4 hours cover to cover. No one would do that of course, but if we allowed bio-break times for food and restrooming, maybe 2 nights to sleep some, I might get a few needing something to do for almost 3 days.

    Alas, I don’t have the resources to reach new readers such that a few might take up the challenge. Maybe if I bribe Uncle Blog Expert with, umm, what do I have here that he might want. . .

    You laugh at me. You know that basic economics cannot be denied. . .
    Okay – I give up and will laugh with you then.

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    1. Haha don’t worry when quarantine starts driving people stir crazy, they will spend more time reading and libraries will probably be closed so blogs are going to be on the spotlight I bet a new crop of Bloggers is going to pop up too

      ~B

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      1. Okay my friend – I did it. I put out an invitation to new blog readers, come let me expose you to a whole new world of great stuff to read. Since I could not foist it off as my idea, Becoming the Muse, was put into the spotlight. Maybe your idea will bear some great fruit. We’ll see. You can review my invitation at this link:
        https://garyawilsonstories.wordpress.com/shelter-in-place-blog-binge-reading/
        I hope you like it.
        Cheers

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  6. Someone going around asking if there is a drug to cure the virus, I was not supposed to laugh there, but I laughed out loud. I am glad he is okay.

    It is wonderful that your country has no case at all and I pray that it keeps that way. Things are not easy at the moment, keeping in mind that health care in Africa is almost impossible.
    I hope we all get this thing under control too, it is a sad situation.

    Our president spoke of a time when he was a Member of Parliament for Kwekwe and had helped build a mortuary which was very cool then done a giveaway where the first family to use the facilities, would get a prize… Whaaaat!
    Hahaha.

    In our country, news is mainly about the virus and keeping safe. Emphasis is on washing hands and avoiding crowds. Most streets are less busy.

    I enjoyed reading this. I wish you well.

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    1. I am sure you can imagine the commotion in pharmacies when a visibly ill person asked if they medication for the virus…. looking back it is funny and I am sure one day we will look back at these times and also be able to laugh at all the absurdities we had to put up with…..

      Well it looks like we have two official cases who may have potentially spread it to others its scary out there, I think soon might be announcing a lockdown, our neighbouring country will be implementing one for the next 21 days.

      How is the situation now, its strange the difference a week can make…

      Thank s for dropping by
      ~B

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      1. We have 81 confirmed cases.

        There is a lot being said under the water though. I am trying not to follow the rumours and observe.

        I hope everything will be okay soon.

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  7. Your Minister of Defense is right. Trump’s not God nor he for pretending he somehow knows that this is a punishment from God. I wish I could drop by for coffee. I miss hanging out in some coffee shop drinking and reading and talking to strangers. Keep your distance.

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    1. I am sure the minister of defence is regretting the choice of words right about now, especially now that the are confirmed cases in the country rising by the day and the health delivery system is inadequately equipped to function, let alone contain a pandemic and she has been made part of the COVID-19 taskforce whatever the heck such a taskforce is supposed to do
      All we can do is to stay safe and wait out the crazines
      take care of yourself
      ~B

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