STAY AT HOME, Stay Positive and Healthy

maeann
Posted April 4, 2020 from Philippines
UPLIFT OUR FRONTLINERS
On this most trying time, lest we forget to recognize and appreciate the true sheroes of this worldwide villain that is looming over us, covid19. World Pulse Philippines thank and uplift our front liners: Doctors, Nurses, and other public servants, who chose to stay in their work and serve the people even they are vulnerable. Your sacrifices will not go unnoticed. We thank you and we will continue praying for you.

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. 

 

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Chidinma Helen Okoye

Thank you Maenna for this useful post on corvid 19.Hope you are safe? Blessings from Helen .

maeann
Apr 05
Apr 05

Thank you Helen for commenting. How are you and your family?

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Chidinma Helen Okoye

Hi Maeann ,We are good ,hope you are fine as well? Warm regards.Stay safe Mae

Chidimma
Apr 04
Apr 04

Hi Dear MaeAnn.
Thanks for sharing your safety measures for COVID 19.
Hope you and your family are safe.
With love and peace.

maeann
Apr 05
Apr 05

Thank you for dropping by with comment. How are you and your family?

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Hello, dear sis Mae Ann,

You made important points, especially coming from a humanitarian lens. This virus is not area-specific compared to the natural calamities we usually experience. This is the first time for our generation, and maybe the generation before us, to experience this pandemic.

I am grateful that our Bayanihan spirit fuels our resilience, that our faith gives us strength, and our sense of humor keeps us sane. Thanks to you, as one of our frontliners, dear sis. Our prayers of protection are with you and to all who bravely fight to end this pandemic. #WeHealAsOne

maeann
Apr 05
Apr 05

Thank you dear Karen, thank you for the prayers.

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Tamarack Verrall
Apr 05
Apr 05

Dear Maeann,
Thank you for laying out these messages of safest practices to follow. The are important reminders. I join you in recognizing and thanking all of the workers, health, sanitation, food store workers, public servants who are working long hours for us all in dangerous times. You make a strong point, even seasoned disaster workers like yourself and many in your country recognize the many ways we are not prepared for what is happening today. Stay safe, dear sister.

maeann
Apr 06
Apr 06

Hi Tam I agree, we definitely learn from this pandemic, and we will consider that this might happen again so we will be prepared by then.

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Tarke Edith
Apr 05
Apr 05

Hello sister
I very happy to know that you are safe and sound sis.
Thanks for the messure you have put in place to help us fight this convic 19.
Try to stay safe dear.
Have a great day.

maeann
Apr 06
Apr 06

Thank you Edith. Stay safe too.

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rebecca.tang
Apr 05
Apr 05

Thank you for sharing. Absolutely agree that the best we can do is to Stay at home. Keep our hands clean and put the mask if really needs to go out (e.g. buying food, etc.)

May God bless everyone! Stay Safe!

maeann
Apr 06
Apr 06

Thank you Rebecca, how are you and your family?

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