ALTA Students in Time of Covid

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We continue
to get a glimpse of how ALTA students have been coping with Covid 19. Today we
get the perspective of Ezekiel George whose faith and resourcefulness helped
him during this difficult time. He adjusted his lifestyle and planted some food
crops. ALTA virtual classes also contributed to his ability to overcome the crisis
thus far.

Ezekiel George

I must start by saying “Thank God for life”. My first
hearing about Corona Virus in Trinidad was on television.  It was coming out of Wuhan, China back in
December 2019.  Most of us were unaware
of its significance. I saw lots of people in China wearing face masks.  At that time, it seemed like a joke to me to
see so many people having on this mask. 
My initial thought was that it will stay in China. As days go by
information began to spread that it may reach Trinidad and Tobago. So everyone
including myself started to think about the Corona virus, commonly called

On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organisation assessed
Covid-19 to be a pandemic. One day later on March 12, 2020 the first case of
Covid-19 in Trinidad and Tobago was confirmed by the Minister of Health.  I remember that day. This news affected my
emotions and with all different thoughts going through my mind about this
deadly disease.

Our first nationwide lockdown happened on March 16,
2020.  I took the opportunity and made
some adjustments to my life style. I began to do some planting of food crops,
and my wife being a seamstress, she was able to make face masks for the family
and also put some on sale.  Panic buying
was not so much on my mind, because my son’s business is a convenience shop
selling foodstuffs and other necessities. 
There were times I questioned myself about the virus: “Where did it come
from? What caused it and will the impact of this situation be good or bad?”

This is a new learning experience. I must say I am surviving
but it is somewhat difficult to keep up with my personal hobbies, like
football, visiting the elderly and also as a social event organizer and church

At this time I will like to say that the men have their hands full, but also the women around us are playing an important role. My wife, daughters, daughters-in-law also my grand daughters are very strict with the guidelines of Covid-19. They continually remind me “Boy wash your hand, change your clothes, sanitize, wear your mask and more.”  Could you imagine my granddaughter who is two years and three months saying “Grand papa,” and showing me my mask is off my nose?

As I summarize I am proud of ALTA being at the forefront of
the places of learning. They are committed to ensuring that students remain
engaged by virtual classes.  This also
helped me to learn how to use my smart phone, tablet on WhatsApp and Zoom, etc.

I much say that I miss classroom teaching, but at home there is some advantage, like not travelling or worrying about the weather.

I would like to conclude with the information that I trust
God and the experts, my family and friends who reminded me at times. I must say
this is my way of sharing with others and also the future generation of how to
overcome a crisis.

At this point, last but not least, on February 17th
2021 front line workers at the highest level of risk were the first persons in
Trinidad and Tobago to receive vaccinations.

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