COVID-19

Why Self Isolation Is Crucial To Curb The Spread Of Coronavirus

We would not need to close our borders if only people practised self-isolation. But, because we now see that people are not able to follow simple instructions, severe steps needed to be taken. This is not a joke, this is not the time to take risks.
26 Mar 2020 10:18
Why Self Isolation Is Crucial To  Curb The Spread Of Coronavirus

Analysis:

What do you understand about self-isolation?

What do you understand about the reasons why the Government had to place Lautoka under quarantine?

Do you understand why it is so important for people from Lautoka to remain within the confined area?

Clearly not.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is right in being very annoyed that people continue to treat the coronavirus pandemic as a joke.

More than 18,300 people have died around the world in a matter of months.

Italy which has one of the best health services has seen itself buckle under this outbreak.

So far here in Fiji, close to 30 people have been charged for breaching the Lautoka confined area.

Their selfish actions have risked the lives of many other Fijians.

What it means

Self-isolation does not mean you go home and mingle around with your family members.

Self-isolation means remaining isolated even from your own family members because you should not risk passing on the virus to them.

It does not mean you gather extended family members at home and have a talanoa session.

It means keeping your distance at least two metres from everyone and anyone.

Why are people told to self-isolate and not keep them all in hospital till they show symptoms?

Because it would be a logistical nightmare and unnecessarily expose other patients, whose immune systems are already weak to this deadly virus.

Why should you not pull stunts and try to leave the Lautoka confined area?

Because although you may not show any symptoms of the virus today, there is no guarantee that you have not been exposed to it and would test positive within 14 days.

Consider this scenario. One positive case takes a taxi from point A to point B within Lautoka.

He or she pays the fare after coughing in their palm. The virus sticks to the money and is now passed onto the taxi driver.

That unsuspecting taxi driver passes that virus onto others he comes in contact with and this cycle continues.

See where we are leading to?

The curious case of the flight attendants: first, we had our initial positive case lying about his symptoms.

He lied about where he was and how many people he came across. He had initially said he fell during the flight and his chest pain was a result of it.

There is no incident report of him falling in the aircraft with Fiji Airways.

He exposed his family members and those with whom he attended the Zumba class.

Now our fifth case is from that Zumba class, a person who lives with nine other people.

Two of them are unwell today and will be tested for COVID-19.

There is also information coming through about a party he may have attended before arriving into Fiji.

Police are also investigating allegations that 36 cabin crew who were to self-isolate in a hotel in Nadi were having kava parties.

If true, this is the height of irresponsibility.

If this is found to be true, these people need to be taken to task for putting the whole of Fiji at risk.

We would not need to close our borders if only people practised self-isolation.

But, because we now see that people are not able to follow simple instructions, severe steps needed to be taken.

This is not a joke, this is not the time to take risks.

We risk an unmanageable outbreak if we are unable to follow simple advice.
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