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It is not all doom and gloom as there are many things Kenyans are currently enjoying, thanks to Covid-19
That the Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives is not in doubt. It has brought disruptions never imagined before: weddings, burials, chama meetings and even birthday parties have been affected by social distancing rules and mandatory wearing of masks. Also, people have lost their loved ones, jobs and businesses.
It has interfered with social order but this notwithstanding, there are some Kenyans who benefited from the health crisis. Like the Covid millionaires, new business opportunities have emerged. It is not all doom and gloom as there are many things Kenyans are currently enjoying, thanks to Covid-19…
1. Reduced night burglaries
The 10 pm - 4 am curfew rules have made it hard for burglars and night robbers to execute their missions. This explains why muggings and other crimes have reduced. As a result, many Kenyans outside gated communities now have peace of mind at night. They don’t have to buttress their door with crowbars!
2. New business opportunities
Even as many Kenyans lament about the deteriorating economy, others are minting good money producing and selling face masks, sanitizers and liquid soaps. Then there are those supplying thermo guns, lemonsa. Online businesses are also booming besides an increase in transport and logistics costs.
3. No congestion in mathrees
Kenyans no longer have to kufinyana kwa matatu which fill quickly thanks to social distancing. You can sit now comfortably without fear of pick pockets or being unnecessary touched by strangers.
4. Usafi galore
There has been a general increase in hygiene levels from regular hand-washing, avoiding handshakes meaning diseases associated with poor hygiene such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid have been kept at bay. The Lake Basin, for instance, recorded reduced cholera outbreaks during corona lockdowns!
5. Working remotely
Many employees work from home which is a good thing. Apart from avoiding nasty bosses, they enjoy certain degrees of freedom without being bossed around. There are reduced expenses as they dispense with bus fare, lunch and having to wear different clothes daily. What is more, most pursue personal errands while working!
6. Reduced visitations
There are reduced visitations by neighbours, church and chama members, relatives and friends. This reduces distraction and unnecessary expenses like food and beverages. This also extends to visitors from ushago who are inhibited by the hiked fares and corona fears. Also hospital casualty rooms are virtually empty.
7. Fewer leechy villagers
Urbanites stay in towns and hardly go to their villages where kutoanishwa is a ritual. Villagers believe urbanites carry the corona virus which has made villagers to give them a wide berth. The urbanites are, however, not complaining as their Covid ravaged wallets are not disturbed.
8. Tech savviness
Prior to Covid, WhatsApp, Zoom and other social media platforms were just there. The pandemic has forced people to use them for communication and meetings creating business for dealers of digital gadgets such as smartphones, Internet routers, repeaters, wireless chargers and portable internet.
9. Online shopping
Many businesses went online. Many now shop from the comfort of their homes without need for visiting physical stores, supermarkets or malls. Hence, the trouble of carrying luggage is no longer there.
10. Slashed expenses
Kenyans learnt to cut down on unnecessary expenses: Mpango wa kando is no longer a priority. Booze lovers and party animals have also turned their homes into indoor pubs. There were reduced road trips. Kenyans now live within their means.