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COVID-19 has sent the sci­en­tists and the med­ical ex­perts in­to a state of for­get­ful­ness. Their pre­de­ces­sors have filled the archives with count­less re­search in­form­ing them of the sig­nif­i­cance of touch

A moth­er cud­dles her new­born to give the as­sur­ance of safe­ty and love. Lovers touch to pledge that “you are the one.” Friends hug to wel­come and even some strangers kiss. The ther­a­pist touch­es to ef­fect so many changes in the hu­man body that rekin­dle and re­ju­ve­nate. The el­der­ly when touched know that they do not have to fear death or face it alone and that it is all right to die.

We were made for phys­i­cal in­ti­ma­cy and to be emo­tion­al­ly ex­pres­sive. We nev­er out­grow our need for touch and no rem­e­dy is com­plete with­out it.

Re­searchers have shown that:

1. Im­mu­ni­ty is low­ered when plea­sur­able body con­tact and so­cial­is­ing are lack­ing.

2. In­fants ill-treat­ed or ne­glect­ed rec­i­p­ro­cate the same way when they have their own off-springs.

3. The lack of ear­ly in­ti­ma­cy trans­lat­ed in­to be­ing ig­no­rant about mat­ing and be­ing hos­tile to new­born.

4. When held ca­ressed and played with, love res­onates through the whole be­ing.

5. In cul­tures where the mind is con­sid­ered su­pe­ri­or to the emo­tions and the body peo­ple learn to mis­trust per­cep­tions, sen­sa­tions and emo­tions. They strive to be some­body else and not live their ex­pe­ri­ences.

COVID-19 has sent the sci­en­tists and the med­ical ex­perts in­to a state of for­get­ful­ness. Their pre­de­ces­sors have filled the archives with count­less re­search in­form­ing them of the sig­nif­i­cance of touch.

The largest sen­sor of the hu­man body is the skin through which we lit­er­al­ly stay in touch with the world. Our cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem is fed in­for­ma­tion from the out­side through it and the brain and spinal cord fa­cil­i­tate trans­mis­sion.

So when we are asked to dis­card our feel­ings and re­press our emo­tions the be­ing is dis­ap­point­ed for laugh­ing, cry­ing, ex­claim­ing, sigh­ing and yelling are out­lawed.

So­cial dis­tanc­ing puts us in glass cages and soon we will be­come manikins. The re­stric­tions in­hib­it breath­ing and ab­dom­i­nal move­ment ren­der­ing the di­ges­tive tract slug­gish.

With the bod­i­ly sys­tems ab­sorb­ing less oxy­gen the im­mune sys­tem is com­pro­mised and we can­not in­spire our bod­ies to com­bat mode.

We have giv­en li­cense to COVID-19 to dec­i­mate the world by cur­tail­ing ex­pres­sion. The in­di­vid­ual is re­strained from phys­i­cal­ly in­ter­act­ing with the en­vi­ron­ment lim­it­ing mus­cle tone, mak­ing mus­cles flac­cid or taut and cre­at­ing fur­ther ten­sion.

The in­crease in ten­sion in­tro­duces an­oth­er neg­a­tive, this time af­fect­ing the lym­phat­ic sys­tem which can on­ly op­er­ate with ex­er­cise and mas­sage. Emo­tion­al block­ages will bring the body to a grad­ual halt even­tu­al­ly.

Soon we would be­come numb to the source and type of emo­tions un­able to trace their ori­gin or even to recog­nise they ex­ist­ed or that we are hold­ing some­thing back. Per­fect ro­bots.

When COVID-19 goes in­to re­mis­sion we will be left with nu­mer­ous tac­tile prob­lems if the present trend con­tin­ues. It seems that re-en­gi­neer­ing hu­mans in­to ab­nor­mal be­ings is the new nor­mal.

Let’s pray for good sense to pre­vail, na­ture to take its course and the right food utilised for the body to re­pair it­self. And put COVID to rest.

Lennox Fran­cis

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