Coronavirus: How to survive in a partial lockdown

By Vincent Kejitan | Tuesday, Mar 17th 2020 at 13:05
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Coronavirus has claimed around 7000 lives worldwide and many countries are introducing measures to contain it.

While some have chosen to go the lockdown route, others have emphasized social distancing and have restricted movement of the population unless necessary.

This is bound to have an effect on various sectors including transport, education and religion.

For instance, in Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the closure of learning institutions as a precautionary measure in curbing the spread of the deadly virus.

How then can people survive in such instances:

E-learning

With the closure of schools and universities, some have opted to adopt e-learning which is mainly web-based and resources are available online.

Although it might be effective in terms of preventing the spread of the virus, many questions have been raised over the authenticity of assignments submitted online or even examinations.

Online shopping

Malls are often crowded on weekends and they are considered high risk areas especially in the wake of the Coronavirus.

Last week, some Kenyans were seen crowding malls in a bid to stock up in case the government announces a lockdown.

Most stores had already put in place preventive measures but this does not mean they were 100% safe.

Having been told to avoid crowded places, online shopping can be a good alternative as you can order anything you want on your phone and it will be delivered to you.

Online writing

Although heavily criticized by scholars, the truth is, online writing is feeding many families in the city and beyond.

It has little to no contact with clients since almost everything is web-based.

For those who can, learning a thing or two about online writing can earn you a few coins right at the comfort of your house.

Streaming church services

In the age of technology, preachers can give their sermons via livestreams on Facebook or even Instagram.

Others can opt to upload their teachings on Youtube and they can be watched later by their congregants.

As for the tithes and offerings, mobile money transfer can be put into use.

Homeschooling

Basically refers to educating children at home or any other place outside school. It is usually conducted by parents or guardians.

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