What The COVID-19 Pandemic Taught Us So Far

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
COVID19  - Metroscene Mag

Before the global pandemic happened, we had our plans. We were all looking forward to spending the upcoming months swimming at local beaches or getting paid for a summer job. Others might have been wanting to hang with their families and friends since the school year has officially ended.

But with the country still knee-deep in the COVID-19 situation, we all know that that isn't going to happen anytime soon. With over 1.5 million cases and more than 20,000 deaths worldwide, it is more than enough to plunge the people deep in a state of fear. 

You aren’t invincible.

When this pandemic started, people thought that the young were invincible and immune to the growing virus. Even billionaire Ellon Musk tweeted about it:

But not long after the World Health Organization (WHO) debunked this idea and said that anyone can be infected regardless of age.

Well, admit it, we were pretty laid back since early reports mostly consisted of the elderly but as it prolonged, several cases of infected toddlers and teenagers came to light. It’s surely a wake-up call to everyone that our health should be a priority. 

We hope that after this pandemic, people should be more conscious of their diet along with unhealthy sleeping patterns. Skincare is one thing, but treating our bodies right is totally a different matter.

Learn to appreciate everyone.

When was the last time you recognized the sacrifices of our security guards, janitors, garbage collectors, and other members of the working class? Right. We have been taking these people for granted. Along with medical and state security frontliners, they are all out there serving the country during a pandemic.

It is a good thing that several organizations along with companies are providing help and even collecting donations for them. An example would be Grab. With a swipe of a finger on their app, people are able to buy a meal for the frontliners out there.

So next time you see hardworking compatriots, a smile and a simple “Thank you po!” wouldn’t hurt.

This pandemic clearly affects all aspects

The COVID-19 pandemic is more than a health crisis. It is a political, societal, and economic problem that we should all be vocal of now. Being vigilant is essential. There should not be a space for neutrality therefore "in-between" sentiments won't suffice.

Honestly, it's a great feeling to see the present generation being expressive with their views and their moral compasses heading north. But at the end of the day, not everyone will agree with the right views even if you give them concrete explanations on why it should be so. But no matter how tempting it is to unfriend or block that person filled with fallacious beliefs, try your best to educate them.

Also, be kind since people are facing different problems of their own. Some are scared of the statistics, the anxiety of being affected. Remember to be patient with everyone.

“Bayanihan” is not dead.

With all the confusion, obscurity of the government, and fear of the people in the country right now, one thing is for sure, bayanihan is not dead.

Donation drives along with several companies and organizations are providing personal protective equipment (PPEs) for our medical frontliners. Local government units (LGUs) are also implementing programs to help our less fortunate countrymen.

Even local celebrities and personalities are doing the best they can to offer financial assistance. It is through these simple acts that show the true essence of being a Filipino, helping each other through sick and tough times.

We believe that this shall all pass if we have common efforts and are mindful of the humanity we all share. Start thinking of what is good not just for yourself but for the sake of others as well. Sure, plans may have been canceled, things may not have turned out the way you wanted to, but don’t fret. There are much bigger things to be upset about right now.

Text by: Jessa Marie Barbosa

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