According to a source, hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar’s far west may not be aware of the Coronavirus. This is due to a yearlong internet shutdown. If you must know, the Myanmar government cut internet access across multiple townships as they believe it could result in further clashes between insurgents and the country’s military forces.
Last May, one of the nine townships had its connectivity restored. However, the rest still experience information blackout. The number of total affected people could reach 800,000. If this will continue, it could put their lives in great danger as they do not even know the essential precautions to fight off the virus.
Myanmar and Coronavirus
As of this writing, the country has six recorded deaths and around 292 positive cases. As expected, the majority of the case was found in crowded areas.
In a small community in Myanmar where there are approximately 200 households, some of the residents built bamboo tents that serve as quarantine centers. They also stopped the movement of going in and out of their village. Also, they have designated guards to man their main entry point. According to reports, they need to defend themselves against the virus as they have no access to modern healthcare facilities. This issue is prevalent not only in Myanmar but in other parts of the world. And if not addressed, could lead to further health issues.
Be updated and informed about the Coronavirus
We must be aware of the latest updates and developments about Coronavirus. This could help us protect ourselves and follow the right measures. You see, different countries have different protocols, and we need to abide and cooperate so that we can stop the spread of the virus. Hence, staying connected is important.
However, you also have to screen various information. Unfortunately, some people deliberately spread false news and information. These offer no value and can often cause panic. Remember, your mental state is crucial, most especially these days. We recommend that you do the following:
- Only get information from a credible source
- Do not share social media posts that you are unsure of
- Unfollow people who continuously share negative news
- Try to maintain a regular daily routine or start a brand new hobby
Also, make sure that you maintain a physically active lifestyle even during the pandemic. Running and walking outside are allowed in some countries. But if you are not allowed, then doing home workouts should do you good.
Is your workplace ready during the Coronavirus pandemic?
Speaking of information, we found a few tips from the World Health Organization on how you can get your workplace ready for the pandemic.
- You need to regularly disinfect surfaces such as tables, desks, and even telephones
- Ensure that all your employees practice proper handwashing
- Create protocols when having meetings
It is alarming that some people are not aware of the existence of Coronavirus. They deserve to be informed so that they could also protect themselves. Hopefully, the people from the eight townships will have access to information the soonest possible time.