My good friend Acacia often says that we overestimate education, in other words ignorance is bliss and the beauty of it is that you don’t get to know. So we are in uncertain times of kung-flu ( trump speak )and right thinking Ugandans still can’t differentiate between quarantine and lock down. Of course the local media make this daily mistake but we let this pass.
The height of this came in our new television series, The Address, when Baba Joel said that he was disciplined in the quarantine and had travelled to karamoja and Jinja. With such an explanation,I no longer get surprised when I see TV presenters and news anchors referring to the period as quarantine. There is even a new song titled, “kalantini eno” so we have adapted the mistake officially. Even for a CEO of a media house, whose news readers and TV presenters usually call this quarantine we let them be because ignorance is bliss.The same CEO is on the National task force!
I am not a self appointed epidemiologist , however I will try to clear the air(not with an N95 )
Quarantine is the isolation of people who have been exposed or deemed to have had contact with an infected person or from a high risk country to prevent the spread of the disease but this is done without a medical diagnosis here since the Chinese flu takes about 14 days to incubate, one is kept away for those days after which a test is carried out. Lock down is like a government protocol put in place to prevent movement and here it’s to prevent the spread of the Okwetsyamura. Its main aim is to prevent okusiiga or okuturira.
So let’s wait for Baba Joel on Tuesday to see if the lock down will be eased, the ministry of national guidance should enlist me to teach our people. Ignorance is bliss this is indicting on our Education.