Dear Editor – Solomon Island has been trying its best in fighting the Covid-19. Thanks to the national Government in implementing its plan to keep front liners in front in the fight and preventing its citizens at all costs to stop the virus from reaching our shores. The deadly virus “Delta Variant” is now a global concern and the world is now living in the pandemic, for almost two years.
And so, Solomon Islands need more fairness and togetherness to accept the vaccination to keep us remain freed from this deadly virus. As we still part of this global world if we weren’t be careful enough about our movements, surely my good brothers and sisters you cannot wait for miracle to happen we will be the next active virus zone if we still not believe and still have different views about vaccinations by not accepting a jap. If we Solomon Islanders need to live a freedom life right now we need to work together to fight the virus from coming into our country. Because, soon and not very long it will reach us here in our lovely islands. We need fairness sharing and educating our people if we love them. All Church leaders, village chiefs, and all community’s leaders needed to work together with Governments keep sharing about the important and the benefits of the vaccine it will do for all of us to help each individual to fight Covid-19 by taking vaccination before any positive case announce.
Since we were already in trial closed down several times now, I believe our national government have plans ready to treat the disease as endemic. Yet, some of our people still having problem and keep asking question “If our government treat Covid-19 as endemic by vaccinations all its citizens, can it be thought of in the same way as the common flu?
Well, most of us still thought it’s just normal as normal flu. Friends the correct answer is No, it cannot. The knowledge of influenza – for instance, that flu viruses constantly change, so yearly vaccinations are recommended – has been built up over decades of scientific research.
In contrast, Covid-19 is still a relative newcomer.
“Whether Covid-19 will also become a seasonal human coronavirus, we don’t know, “It will possibly take a long time for scientist to observe the evolutions, to understand how this virus finally settles down in the human environment.”
Covid-19 still needs to be studied step by step in our schools.
“We do not know what other surprises are going to come in the future. And since we do not know, and this is a formidable virus, we don’t let down our guard.” So be seriously thinker because even if you are fully vaccinated and interact only with other vaccinated people in everyday life, you still at risk. This is because no one truly lives in a bubble.
While we may not come into direct contact with vulnerable individuals, we may encounter them on public transport. In addition, those we interact with may have vulnerable household members.
It is therefore important for everyone to continue exercising social responsibility, especially since the highly contagious Delta variant can cause an exponential increase in the number of cases around the world. While most affected people are likely to be low-risk cases in that situation. Our country still lucky enough that we have no positive Case but the truth is our movement situation will tell. We will see a proportionate increase in the number of higher-risk cases if we have a positive Case of Delta variant here in our country. But
“Once we hit a certain number, there’s a lot of pressure in terms of medical care and things like that, so what are Solomon Islands Governments other options in virus fight?
Solomon Islands cannot rely solely on vaccines to fight Covid-19 Delta variant, but to educate public on infectious diseases is very important.
“Can we all expect to get Covid-19 at some point in our lives?” We will all be exposed to the virus at some point, perhaps unknowingly, but that does not necessarily mean we will be infected.
“I believe that some of that exposure will not translate into infection, because I protected myself – by vaccines, or safe management measures, masks, hand hygiene and environmental cleanliness.”
But at this point in time, I believe there is no data to show how many positive people who have been exposed to the virus will get infected.
God bless Solomon Islands.
George Aopuru (NPU)