12.11.2020 Opinion

'The Upsurge In COVID-19 Cases And The Political Party Campaigns' Any Correlation?

By Nana Antwi Boasiako Barimah
'The Upsurge In COVID-19 Cases And The Political Party Campaigns' Any Correlation?
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I have always been a loud proponent for safety etiquettes which possess the substantial propensity to block or interrupt the horizontal transmission of the novel corona virus ever since COVID-19 struck humanity as evidenced by my previous write ups.

It's been my heartfelt dream that our epidemiological curve continuously navigate in a downward trajectory until we hit ground zero, infact Ghana chalked huge successes in that direction until the curve started to navigate upward recently.

It is an indisputable fact that our political parties are grappling with prosecuting safe campaigns in a COVID-19 environment.

Ghanaians have been witnessing mammoth rallies being organized by political parties across the political divide where there are always gross disregard to COVID-19 safety protocols.

The layman on the streets will begin to wonder how come prior to the commencement of political party campaigns our case count was drastically low but the moment these campaigns gathered momentum our daily incidence rate has started surging.

As a public health professional, I approbate and subscribe to such ideals since it is biologically plausible.

Numerous scientific studies have indisputably shown that the novel corona virus favorably thrives in environments where social distancing is not respected, where nose masks are disregarded and where overcrowding and merry making takes a center stage of our lives especially in a monstrous pandemic such as this. Sadly, this is the exact characteristic of political party rallies and health walks in recent times.

Annoyingly, these political parties sometimes claim to embark on health walks, and such health walks only provide fertile grounds for the further horizontal transmission of the novel corona virus since safety protocols are always thrown to the dogs.

These are reprehensible acts which ought to be condemned in no uncertain terms.

Two of the Bradford Hill criteria for establishing causality *temporality and biological gradient* further consolidate my assertion that political party rallies and it's attendant health walks are severely contributing to the upsurge in COVID-19 cases in recent times.

Temporality highlights the fact that exposure to a disease agent must precede disease outcome. And it is very obvious some or most of the cases we are currently recording get exposed in such political ecosystems.

Biological gradient (dose-response relationship) on the other hands lays strict emphasis on the fact that increased exposure yields a corresponding increase in disease incidence, and our current epidemiological curve solidly supports this fact.

Hence, as political party rallies and the political health walks continue, we must except a consistent upsurge in our COVID-19 case counts.

Going forward, political parties must revert to virtual campaigns and the traditional house to house and door to door strategies in order to keep all of us safe. As this is the only antidote to remedy the epidemiological quagmire that is staring our faces from afar.

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