Well, not really, not yet. Some international schools were supposed to resume Monday 18th but they have decided to postpone reopening to give people a chance to return (many parents have gone on vacation and have understandable stayed abroad until they feel more confident about returning). The Government has declared a national state of emergency and requested schools/nurseries etc not reopen until they assess the situation to be safe. Interestingly, private schools are making their own decisions. Most are saying they will open a week later. I find this odd, disturbing even – schools wouldn’t ignore government advice in the UK for fear of litigation. On the other hand perhaps this is good news, it shows confidence. The problem with children is that they are not hygienic. I have visited enough schools during lesson time to know that young children, like to touch toilet bowls, avoid hand washing, drink tap water, soil themselves and are generally icky. They have no sense of personal space and all the stuff you’re not supposed to do during an Ebola outbreak, its pretty much guaranteed they will do.
None of this is my business by the way since I homeschool. I’ve finally taken my kids out of camp. I may be travelling to the UK soon with my kids to sit out the next few months. I haven’t so far because its unplanned and very costly as its still holiday time. BA is charging 5000 dollars for 1 adult, a 3 year old and an 18 month old for an economy ticket from Lagos to London. But you know what, we may have to just pay this because we are so worried.
Every one is worried, hand sanitiser is mostly sold out everywhere and where it is sold you can pay up to £25 a bottle. That’s about $40! My nanny was so happy today we gave her a pair of gloves and a mask and she put them on immediately with her long sleeved sweater to get her bus home.
We still are doing the odd playdate with just one or two friends and going to restaurants but some people are holed up in their homes, not seeing anyone or they’re leaving.
The next few days will be crucial. We have 10 confirmed Ebola cases. Will there be more? Will there be dreaded secondary contact cases? The whole country is holding its breath. This is make or break time for Africa’s most populous nation.