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Discipline – the arch-enemy of COVID-19

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2020 | 12:10 AM


WITH COVID-19 running rampant, and ‘running things’, in Jamaica and worldwide, discipline will have to be the order of the day, whether we like it or not, in order to prevent ourselves from contracting and/or passing on this life-threatening virus. There can be no better preventative measure against contracting the coronavirus than staying at home, in the first place, followed by, if we do have to enter the public sphere, practising and maintaining social distancing. Adhering to these important measures requires three things: discipline, discipline and discipline.

Wearing a mask in public seems somewhat unnecessary to me. If one is 99 per cent sure one does not have COVID-19, if one is practising social distancing, and if one sanitises frequently. However, that said, an extra layer of protection, especially against a dangerous, highly contagious and ubiquitous virus doesn’t hurt.

Last, on a much lighter note, it dawned on me that persons with agoraphobia and/or xenophobia must be taking some delight, in the midst of this pandemic, in the prime minister’s issuance of the stay-at-home order, the strong and widespread encouragement that we all practise social-distancing, and the 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.

Patrick Gallimore