Three months ago, I couldn’t tell the difference between drinking Fanta and Coke. It happened while I was recovering from COVID-19 in Lagos—exactly one year after I first heard about the virus in China. Back in January 2020, the coronavirus was a distant problem—one that didn’t affect me 7,000 miles away. 

And most people probably felt that way. 

Before we knew it, the virus was in every part of the world, and even remote villages had to deal with several cases.

But just like the weather, there have been different seasons of the pandemic. There was the initial burst of cases in Spring. And then, thanks to lockdowns, cases reduced by Summer. Many will never forget that the UK had a scheme called “Eat out to help out”—in a pandemic. 

After that short burst of enjoyment, the virus came back with a bang. The Autumn and Winter season, also known