Coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. That brought a global impact on our societies, health, economies, and politics. As of April 4, 2020, the confirmed cases are 1,051,635, confirmed deaths are 56,985 while 208 Countries, areas or territories with cases (from WHO report).
This virus is also misleading because some infected were asymptomatic, showing no symptoms.
The current recommendations for preventing the spread of this disease from WHO are:
Wash your hands regularly or use an alcohol-based rub. Avoid touching your face. Avoid crowds; keep a 1-meter distance from others. Follow health authorities’ advice. Eat nutritious food. Avoid Smoking. If you have symptoms: wear a mask. Isolate yourself. Seek medical advice immediately. Exercise regularly even at home. Limit negative news consumption. Seek information only from trusted sources. Spend time with loved ones.
Who would have thought that our government would announce a community lockdown?
The infected of COVID-19 is rapidly increases, as well as those who died. It is sad to know that many of those who are infected with this virus died alone. My prayer goes to those who lose their love ones. But there is hope, with those who recovered from this virus as well.
Suddenly there was no public transportation, Malls are closed, schools have closed all business, and companies are closed. Then most of the employees had to work from home. Only food stores, pharmacy, hospital, and essential services are open.
We just actually had a volcano eruption last January 12, 2020. The eruption has so far affected at least 151,386 families or 584,236 persons in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). And with this community lockdown, those who have just recovered from the volcano eruption will have another challenge to face.
I realized from my previous deployment during emergency response, this pandemic COVID-19, is unique to all my experienced.
Ground zero is not only in one area, but it can be everywhere. It is not like typhoon, earthquake, tsunami, volcano eruption, conflict or landslide where you can identify ground zero.
On Typhoon, volcano eruption, tsunami there is a warning.
On conflict or war, if you have means, you can leave the place.
On earthquake, you can run or find a safe place if you have a chance.
We are prepared for this kind of disaster, even having pre-positioned items and disaster mitigation.
But with this virus, when you go out there is a health risk. What if you got infected? That’s a question!
We are not adequately prepared for a pandemic. The demand and the price for surgical masks, gloves, N95, alcohol increase very steeply.
This covid19 could also impact the supply chain. There will be shortages of materials, an employee may not be available due to quarantine, travel may be restricted on certain areas, limitations on transportation, and consumers may be cautious in their purchases due to fear.
The most affected are the vulnerable: children, a person with disabilities, health conditions and the elderly. There is also an increase in domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Where we can run or hide? The only safe place to stay in our home, but what about those who cannot find safety inside their home?
A big thank you to the Frontliners who untiringly working 24/7 in the hospital, government officials, police, soldiers and even to those who are working in the groceries, pharmacy, gasoline station and NGOs providing quarantine tent and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers. These people had a passion and commitment to serve amid Covid19.
It brings hope and comfort to every one of us.
What we can do? STAY AT HOME, Stay Positive and Healthy. PRAY to God for mercy, healing individually and for each nation.