Living through Coronavirus Pandemic

Living through Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a huge toll on our day to day activities. We no longer mingle. We have resorted to share joys and sorrows by use of  technology. Humanity is now forced to stick to surviving. Hobbies are confined to indoor activities and working with the help of telecommunication. 

With social gatherings being limited, humanity has felt solitude where mental health and loneliness easily creeps in. This, however, is being curbed by online connections. 


We have adapted to a new normal, a normal where online is our go-to-place from classes, shopping, and even work. 

Just like the weather, there is night and day, cold and warm and sunshine and rainfall. When the night is dark and cold, it’s only the thought of a brighter and warmer day that fuels the energy to keep fighting. 

Most people are doing their best to keep hope alive. They are working on their art to keep alive their dreams and ambitions. During the Chinese lockdown, members of the Shanghai ballet have continued to practice, wearing facemasks – for their upcoming performance of Swan Lake. They took precautions but remained focused on the next phase of their development. Such stories of hope are what keeps us going. 

ICT has played a great role in terms of keeping us all connected during the lockdown, quarantine, and social isolation. But technology is also fundamental to economic recovery. Chen Lei, President of Huawei Southern Africa Region remarks that the epidemic has brought home to policymakers the importance of ICT in national development.

“We understand that ICT has a great role to play in terms of keeping us all connected during lockdown, quarantine and social isolation. But technology is also fundamental to economic recovery for Africa”, he noted.

During the pandemic, Huawei is supporting business partners in the African continent through their core competencies in the ICT sector. They offered remote video conferencing systems that helped medical institutions communicate more efficiently. They also implemented an AI-based diagnosis solution in several medical institutions that enables CT scan reviews to be completed in two minutes, 80% faster, in a race with time, critical for saving lives.

South African dancer Hlumelo, has been under lockdown in his home township of Gugulethu. A member of the Zama Dance School, Hlumelo has not let the lockdown hold him back and has continued practicing his steps for the moment when he and his friends can perform together again.

When the dust settles, and humanity begins to arrive at the much-heralded “new normal”, the immense potential for ICT to build social cohesion will come to life. 

The epidemic has brought home to policymakers the importance of ICT in national development. This is likely to accelerate the establishment of a national data centers, optical fiber networks, and communication base stations.

As the days are spent indoors during the Coronavirus pandemic, it is evident that ICT platforms are likely to provide the foundation of Africa’s future economy. It is advisable to encourage and embrace more use of ICT platforms in order to recover faster. With more use of ICT, it’s evident there’s greater data consumption facilitated by mass connectivity.

Chen Lei added that the world is seeing the first signs of digital transformation not just in healthcare systems, but across entire economies, and in society itself.

Indeed, ICT platforms are likely to provide the foundation of Africa’s future economy. The key is to continue honing and perfecting them, expanding their use even now, so that once the lockdown ends, we can make a much quicker recovery.

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