Surviving Corona Virus in the BahamasSubmitted by Dachye Stubbs on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 3:02am
It's good to be home! Or is it? Everything is going too fast. I didn't expect my spring semester at Cowley to end like this. For me, everything changed in 48 hours.
I didn't spend spring break at home or somewhere lavish instead, I was all cooped up in my dorm. I mean, I didn't have a problem with that because I was saving money and pretty comfortable in my own space. Still, everything started to get crazy, coming down to the end of it. I heard of the virus, but not as immensely as before. The headlines on the news were like "NCAA cancels spring sports,'" "An apocalyptic virus," and "Economies around the world on the brink of recession." Like I said, everything was happening so fast I couldn't contain myself. Next thing you know, food stores were empty, public hysteria was at its height, and my anxiety was through the roof. At this point, I just wanted to go home. There were no reported cases in the Bahamas at the time, so I told my mom that I was going to buy my ticket. Would you believe the day that I bought my ticket about an hour later there was a reported case? Unbelievable.
Nevertheless, I went home. I went to see some friends and even went to a little get together for one of my best friends birthday. The day after a curfew was implemented by our government. No one was allowed to be outside their home between the hours of 9pm and 5am. This curfew was supposed to last until March 31st, but that quickly changed. The government advised everyone to practice social distancing, but do you want to know what people did? They threw a massive party on the beach. This infuriated the government and many other fellow Bahamians, so the government changed the curfew to 24 hours. Exceptions would be made for people who were essentials like policemen, doctors, etc.
So currently, I'm trying to survive this lockdown at home. It's been going pretty well, but I don't know what is in store for our economy. We thrive off of tourism. Tourism is actually our number one industry, but if no one can come in our out of the country, how will we survive. Majors hotels have already fired hundreds of people and have others on non-paid vacation. Will we be able to bounce back? On top of that, hurricane season is approaching. We aren't able to take another colossal storm like Dorian. What is in stored for the Bahamas? I don't know.