The worst pandemic of our time has been Covid-19. The pandemic has had an economic and health impact on everyone in the community. However, many argue that the time has come to relax all Covid-19 limitations in Kenya. But why is that?
Misconceptions regarding the Coronavirus have been dispelled thanks to public awareness programs that encourage people to wash their hands frequently and wear masks. Everyone knows about Covid-19 now, from schoolchildren to seniors as far away as Mount Elgon. In society, illness prevention methods such as wearing a mask, washing hands, and keeping a safe distance from one another have become commonplace. The general public is familiar with Covid-19's cause, symptoms, prevention, and treatment system. Increased Covid-19 awareness has aided in the prevention of the infection's spread, lowering hospitalization and mortality rates across the country. Despite the community's gradual disregard for the Covid-19 guidelines, general awareness of the hazards and consequences is estimated to be at about 80%.
Reduced transmission rate
Covid-19 mitigation strategies rely heavily on human behavior. Acceptance of mitigation strategies that increase personal and community safety, such as physical separation and wearing a mask for COVID-19, as well as a willingness to learn, unlearn, try, fail, and improve, have all contributed to a lower transmission rate. The new infection rate in the country has been less than 5% on average. This is an encouraging trend, as it indicates a low transmission rate and, as a result, fewer Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths. Hand washing and sanitizing stations have been erected in schools, hotels, public offices, and churches as a result of improved awareness, lowering the transmission rate.
Increased rate of recuperation
Due to first responders and enhanced medical service delivery, the recovery rate has increased. The greater recovery rate has also been ascribed to increasing testing rates and shorter turnaround times for results, which has resulted in early treatment and recovery. Patient outcomes have also improved as a result of increased awareness among healthcare practitioners about how to manage the disease. The huge number of young individuals in Africa has also shown to be a key element in lowering hospitalization rates and assisting public health officials in managing the pandemic.
Vaccination has been increased.
Coronavirus vaccines have been found to protect against severe sickness caused by the virus. Currently, more than 5 million people in the country have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Vaccination uptake has also increased as a result of fewer vaccine myths and disinformation. Despite the fact that most people are vaccinated because it is required by their jobs, the general public's fear of the Coronavirus vaccine is gradually decreasing. To boost vaccination intake in the country's total communities, public education in rural areas and the informal sector is required.
A marginally better healthcare sector
More than half of Kenya's counties had no ICU beds a year ago, but now all level five county hospitals have at least one or more ICU beds. The situation has improved as a result of improvements in hospital capacity, service delivery, specialty, and general awareness. The availability of quick laboratory testing kits, inpatient beds, and oxygen has aided in the intensification of Covid-19 mitigation efforts at county hospitals, resulting in improved treatment delivery and fewer referrals.