COVID-19 and The Workers’ Day

Happy Workers’ Day!!

The 1st of May every year is set aside to celebrate workers and acknowledge their contributions to the progress of nations and the smooth running of government.

The COVID-19 virus pandemic serves as a reminder of the relevance of all our professions towards the continuity of the economy and our collective livelihood. This unseen enemy has traveled across the oceans from person-to-person, from the rich to the poor and, from the poor back to the rich. It started in China. Many countries imported it from China. Some countries are now exporting it back to China.

It is logical to conclude that individuals who have been transmitting this virus unknowingly have been doing so in the line of duty!
Also, contracting the virus is most likely going to be in your line of duty or while you are hustling for your daily needs.

It is logical to conclude that individuals who have been transmitting this virus unknowingly have been doing so in the line of duty! Also, contracting the virus is most likely going to be in your line of duty or while you are hustling for your daily needs.

The greatest challenge of this pandemic is, the conflicting interests involved in balancing the control of the spread of the virus, without leaving a negative impact on our individual or collective resources.  The need to stay at home comes with the loss of jobs and reduced revenue with the eventual downward trend of the economy of individuals and nations. Some powerful countries are already battling with their contracting economies as others are slipping into recession. While the majority can afford to stay at home without working or work from home, essential workers have to go to work! Going out to work increases the potential risk of getting infected. It’s like a soldier going to the war front!

…health workers are unfortunately and unavoidably more at risk of infection from the virus, mental illness from their experiences, and even death from an infection acquired in the line of duty. 

Health workers and other workers who provide essential support services for the smooth delivery of healthcare are all indispensable at a time like this. These health workers are unfortunately and unavoidably more at risk of infection from the virus, mental illness from their experiences, and even death from an infection acquired in the line of duty. While we acknowledge the heroic efforts of these individuals in the deep trenches of the war against this virus, we all need to do our part by complying with recommended guidelines for controlling the spread.

This virus is a major challenge for our mental health. For workers whose normal routine has been disrupted, there is a need to re-strategize to maintain a steady mental state.

The body language of some governments that seem inclined towards cutting the income of their workers under the guise of providing palliatives for non-workers is ill-conceived.  It will result in a direct disrupt of the mental state of these already emotionally challenged workers. The fact is that not going to work is highly emotionally damaging to some people. That is why a lot of people find it difficult to cope mentally when they retire. This is not the time to cut down people’s wages!

As a worker, if you can; stay at home.
If you can work from home; work from home.
If you have to go out to work, stay safe by complying with guidelines for protecting yourself from possible COVID-19 virus infection.
If you don’t have the virus, you can’t spread.
We are all connected! We are all involved!!
We can all work together to stop the spread so that we can go back to our normal lives!!!

Happy Workers’ Day!!

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Ola Ibigbami

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16 Responses

  1. “We can all work together to stop the spread so that we can go back to our normal lives!!!”…
    We will all work together

  2. Good write-up. Also, we all need to be our brother’s keeper and actively seek their welfare mentally. Lest they go into depression etc

  3. Lovely and timely piece. God bless and increase your knowledge even as you dedicate it for the betterment of mankind

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