The beginning of 2020 our passion to what we do sparked with ambition, enthusiasm and optimism. Filled with positivity we had already anticipated a new decade of greatness.
Unfortunately, everything took a drastic turn. Not just here at home but the whole world. We woke up to a mass distractive terror of Corona Virus, also known as COVID-19. Dubbed as the World War Three, it has brought the world into a standstill.
Apart from the financial and economic impact of this pandemic, it has taken away our humanity. Ever since this outbreak, we have adopted unusual habits. Typical hugs and hand-shakes are prohibited. A slight cough or sneeze in public is as good as firing gunshots.
Although Suitable Man is a menswear fashion and gentlemen lifestyle blog, I decided to digitally link up with one dandy gentleman to school me about this pandemic because this has affected all of us. Tony Maake is a micro biologist; photographer and a creative influencer. My conversation with Tony was quite long and had to be divided into at least 2 episodes and this first part may not be about the blog’s usual storytelling but worth a read.
Brian Lehang: Mr Maake, how have you been?
Tony Maake: Can’t complain brother. I’m just tired from work, yourself?
Brian Lehang: I’m surviving brother. I’m assuming you part of the essential workers
Tony Maake: Yes, with long extended hours
Brian Lehang: Oh wow! It sounds hectic
Tony Maake: Somebody has to do it brother
Brian Lehang: Since you are a micro biologist and we are having this outbreak, are you part of the efforts to find solutions or you specialize in something different?
Tony Maake: I specialize in something different, virologists I’m most likely the one to find the cure, and also equipment that I use has an impact
Brian Lehang: Wow! I’m guessing this is why you are forced to work overtime, trying to find solutions of this virus
Tony Maake: I’m more on analyzing and testing the cause of bacteria and viruses. If and/or when a patient gets infected with a certain disease I test and analyze what bacteria or virus it is.
Brian Lehang: I have been glued to the news both locally and internationally to get a full understanding of this virus. I’d like to believe you know more in detail, scientifically and how deadly is this virus?
Tony Maake: Since It has spread worldwide, and has drastically reduced the world’s population it can be regarded as a deadly virus. Covid-19 is a new strain of Coronavirus caused by SARS and MERS. If Coronavirus keeps mutating it creates a new strain, hence the movie Contagion is mostly based on Coronaviruses that were discovered long ago such as SARS and MERS but not specifically Covid-19.
Brian Lehang: What are SARS and MERS? I’m already thinking how the South African Revenue Service involved in this pandemic
Tony Maake: No, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome); MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) or EMC/2012; COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019) are strains (diseases) under one umbrella of Coronavirus.
Brian Lehang: So this means Coronavirus has been around for years hence there’s been a movie of the virus but not necessarily COVID-19?
Tony Maake: Correct. There’s more, Coronavirus is a Family name, then under that family name there are family members and other family members keep giving birth, hence now we see the birth of COVID-19
Brian Lehang: Interesting
Tony Maake: That’s a phylogenetic family tree of Coronavirus
Brian Lehang: Wow! So, did these other ones have an outbreak?
Tony Maake: Some did, but it was nationally contained and some even managed to find vaccines and cures
Brian Lehang: This thing looks scary
Tony Maake: That’s the Coronavirus under election microscope. Once it sits on body cells, it multiplies itself
Brian Lehang: So is Covid-19 deadlier than all of them?
Tony Maake: According to the amount of fatalities recorded globally, it is so far by far the deadliest
Brian Lehang: So what did China do to combat this outbreak?
Tony Maake: I think discipline. Having had such an outbreak before they didn’t take it lightly, and responded with urgency. They just went straight to Shutdown rather than lockdown
Brian Lehang: With that said, it means this lockdown was very much necessary?
Tony Maake: It’s simple, the more we move the high chances of the virus increasing and spreading. So if we stop moving, that’s one of the ways we can fight the virus. Consequently the lockdown might be even longer
Brian Lehang: You recon Mzansi can be affected like those northern hemisphere nations
Tony Maake: Due to comparing the speed and the growth rate, I doubt it but it will have an impact if the lockdown restrictions are not adhered.
Brian Lehang: It’s scary how powerful nations such as the USA are severely affected, yet they are in dispute to open the country.
Tony Maake: Unfortunately for them the worst is yet to come, and although not all the states will be re-opening but those few will ultimately affect the neighboring states and this will be catastrophic.
Brian Lehang: Wow! So our government enforces laws and policies for the whole country but in the US each state makes their own legislations.
Tony Maake: Sadly, when things go south they will affect the whole country and President Trump will have to take the blame.
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Until next time, stay safe at home