Are temperature checks for Covid-19 enough?

Photo: A Securico security officer takes the temperature of a shopper using a handheld infrared thermometer at the main entrance of OK Supermarket in Ardbennie, Harare on the 19th of April 2020. Checking the temperatures of people is one of the measures that can be put in place to check if a person is infected by the coronavirus or not. However, experts point out that this method can be deceiving as a means of determining whether one is infected. “The absence of an elevated body temperature is not a seal of approval,” Dr. Fred Jacobs, a pulmonologist told ABC News. “The answer is not temperature. The answer is testing.”

Alone at the Shops

Lockdown Photo: A member of the Johane Masowe Apostolic sect walks past some deserted shops at Whitehouse, two kilometres west of Kuwadzana Extension suburb, Harare at 1842hrs on the 15th of April 2020. Normally at this time, the shopping centre would be teaming with imbibers, merrymakers, sex workers, late night foreign currency traders and travellers going to Riddle Ridge, Lake Chiwero, Granary and surrounding areas. Zimbabwe’s lockdown started on the 30th of March and is expected to end on 19 April 2020. There is uncertainty whether the lockdown shall be extended.

Loading it Up Amidst Covid

Photo: An N. Richards employee loads some groceries into a wholesale customer’s truck during lockdown on 15 April 2020. Grocery wholesalers are operating during the 21 day lockdown. This is to ensure they meet the grocery needs of a lot of people who may have run out of essentials during the period.

Refuelling amidst Covid-19

Photo: A petrol attendant putting on a respiratory mask and surgical gloves waits for a swipe machine to produce a receipt during lockdown at a Petrotrade service station, Harare on the 15th of April 2020. Zimbabwe’s lockdown started on March 30th and is expected to end on April 19th 2020. The country has so far registered three deaths of 11 people that have tested positive for coronavirus.

Hard Times: Earning a Living by the Road Side

Photo: A man putting on a respiratory mask and a woman with surgical gloves sell potatoes by the road side along Kirkman road, Harare on the 15th of April 2019. Zimbabwe is currently in a 21 day lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic which originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019. During the lockdown people are mandatorily required to stay at home so that the spreading of the virus is stopped. However, the government has not put in place compensating measures to cushion people from loss of income during this time. People are therefore putting themselves and others at risk of contracting the virus as they are resuming their ways of earning a living lest their families starve. As of today, close to two million people world wide contracted the virus, five hundred thousand have recovered whilst one hundred and thirty have died.

Securing Solar Panels during lockdown

Photo. Welders secure solar panels on a roof top in Granary during lock down. Many businesses and informal traders have been negatively affected by the lockdown as they have been deprived of income earning activities. No one knows when the lock down shall end.

Difficult Times – Buying Medication

A pharmacy technician putting on a respiratory mask serves customers putting on the same on the eve of a lock down in Harare, Zimbabwe. A 21 day lockdown has since been put in effect because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The virus now known as Covid 19 started in Wuhan China in December 2019. It has spread to every country world wide, and has made many people sick and resulted in many deaths. Many governments have put their countries in lock down to stop its vicious spread.

Difficult Times: Covid-19 Diaries

An elderly woman putting on a respiratory mask flags down public transport in Warren Park, Harare. With the impending presidential lock down starting on the 30th of March 2020, people are travelling in a last minute rush to stock up on grocery times and other essentials.