Sarah was a medical student in the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She was selected to represent the school in an international summer program on clinical research in Australia. She was more than excited to be a part of it. It was an opportunity of a lifetime! She had been through a lot of stress trying to procure her documents for her visa application at the Australian embassy in Lagos but it was worth it, anyway. Weeks later, she was successfully granted a travel visa to Australia. Dreams are gradually coming through. Meanwhile there was this news looming around the country concerning a certain virus from China called the coronavirus. Sarah heard about it in February and disregarded it as one of those foreign diseases that would never step foot in Nigeria or even ruin her plans of traveling or even anyone’s plans at all. “Things would be sorted out as soon as we know it and this summer program would definitely happen”, she thought to herself. This program was meant to hold by May and Sarah strongly believed that before the month of May, covid-19 would become history. Little did she know that she thought wrongly.
By March, the news media had started broadcasting that the coronavirus disease was fastly breaking through borders and affecting various countries. It then dawned on Sarah that this ‘thing’ was more real than she thought. This was a deadly pandemic. Something that could wipe millions of people dead if we’re not careful.
Sadness and fear loomed around. Some weeks into March, Sarah had received a mail from the organizers of the international summer program, saying that the program for 2020 would be cancelled due to the pandemic. Sarah instantly went into a breakdown, she couldn’t process what she had just read. “So this is it? This is how everything would turn sour?” She refused to give up hope, anyway. A part of her still believed that the days of this virus were numbered. What she didn’t know was that the number of days would be way larger than she had imagined. Way longer
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