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No one is safe until everyone is safe

Everyone runs the risk of being infected with Covid-19 if we are careless and don’t bother to adopt cautionary practices as part of everyday life.
The new normal way of living is essential. Everyone should be prepared to make changes and incorporate certain activities into their daily lives so that we all stay safe from Covid-19 and other diseases. This is easily done by wearing a face mask when we go out, cleaning our hands with soap or hand sanitiser, and staying a safe distance from other people. 
Covid-19 is a ferocious enemy and it’s impossible to predict how this virus will mutate into other strains that could be more severe or more easily transmissible.
We know that scientists have detected new variants in several countries such as the UK, India, Africa and Vietnam. These strains appear to be more potent and possibly more resistant to existing vaccines. They may also be more suited to environmental conditions in various parts of the world and therefore more likely to flourish.
The new variant that has developed in India spreads like wildfire among people who have not been vaccinated. This is a strong warning to everyone to get vaccinated so that our immune systems can overpower the virus. 
No one is safe until everyone is safe, because our world is inter-connected and global travel is commonplace. Covid-19 first occurred in China but has since spread to almost every country, meaning no country is safe until every country is safe.
Richer countries are helping poorer countries by providing them with vaccines so they can protect their citizens against the virus.
Laos has benefitted from support from numerous countries, which have provided medical supplies and money to help bring the virus outbreak under control.
If Laos is not safe, then nor are nearby countries safe from the virus, and so the chain of infection continues around the world. This means that every country is dependent on the actions of all other countries for support and cooperation in battling the virus. All countries must join forces to combat the virus and ensure that people the world over are safe. 
In Laos, several public and private organisations and individuals, including religious groups, have donated food, money and basic essentials to people struggling to survive during lockdown, so that everyone is working together to overcome the virus outbreak.
If only one person contracts Covid-19, no one in that country is safe from the virus. No one is safe while someone else is infected. Helping friends in need is a strong tradition among Lao people. Many of those who have shown support for people in difficult situations are not rich but are ordinary people who have demonstrated their kindness and generosity to others in the same country and on the same planet.
No one is safe if someone in a family is not safe. The family unit is very important. Fathers and mothers are key in advising all family members to keep Covid in check by complying with the prime minister’s order on virus prevention and control.
Although parents may remain at home, some family members will inevitably have to go out to buy food at markets. But this puts their parents at risk as they may pick up the virus while out and about. Anyone out on the streets or visiting a public place runs the risk of becoming infected as it’s impossible to know who is carrying the virus. If a person comes into close contact with an infected individual, she or he may take the virus home to their parents.
To slow the spread of Covid-19, parents play an important role in the family unit and should be models for everyone else in the family in order to curb infection within families and throughout the country.    
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By Editorial Desk
(Latest Update June 7, 2021)


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