With all the things happening in my country and the whole world in the past couple of weeks, it is really hard for me (and, maybe for everyone, too) to find light in these trying times. Classes has been suspended for over two weeks already and the government has encouraged to postpone all gatherings including graduations rites, Sunday masses, etc. I’m really having a hard time taking this all in since I hate being stuck at home because nothing really good happens when I’m here.
In the Philippines, the community quarantine happening in Metro Manila caused a lot of worry and panic to its people. Most of the companies and employees were forced to transition to a work-from-home setup (or skeletal, for those who can’t afford all their employees to WFH) and, for me, the problem not only lies with people lacking cooperation and not following instructions, but also with the government not having concrete plans for such emergencies which is the exact same reason why people tend to panic which caused them to think that it’s better to go home to their respective provinces to avoid the “lockdown.”
I think since a lot of people do not read articles and just base their knowledge on news headlines, they do not know what the difference is between community quarantine and lockdown and the media, as well as the government, failed to fully explain and elaborate the difference between the two. Despite all that, pointing fingers and constantly complaining about WHO, DOH, CDC, and the government’s decisions will not help. The only thing we can do, as citizens, is to comply and follow the rules. We should all keep in mind that we NEED and we MUST stop spreading the virus.
With my birthday coming up, I am really trying to find the good in this chaos. My boyfriend and I have been practicing social distancing since the first COVID-19 case in the country was confirmed, I always bring hand sanitizers for the both of us wherever we go. Before the community quarantine was declared, I also started carrying our own utensils when eating at food courts, fast food, restaurants, etc. I thought that it’s the safest thing to do.
Anyway, despite all the negativity and the chaos brought by this virus, my Goodreads Reading Challenge has moved pretty well in the past couple of weeks. I’m two books ahead of schedule as of today, and I’m currently on my fourth novel for this year. As you all know, last year wasn’t really a good reading year for me and I promised to do the best I could to read more this year and looking at this COVID-19 scare and community quarantine, it’s the best time to read books out of my TBR!
Before this whole community quarantine started, I was able to purchase a few books from my friends:
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
- The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
I just finished reading The Da Vince Code by Dan Brown on Tuesday, and I started reading You by Caroline Kepnes on Wednesday evening. So far, I’m really enjoying You since there were details and events in the book that were not covered or mentioned in the Netflix series. I’m almost a quarter through the book and it has only been a few days. The last time I read this fast was during those 3-month long vacation when I was still a student. So yay for that progress!
Ending this post with a couple reminders re: COVID-19:
- Don’t panic.
- Do not spread false information/fake news.
- Social distancing is important.
- Always wash/sanitize your hands before touching you eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Follow the necessary precautions, rules, and orders of WHO, DOH, CDC, and the government.
- If you think you have the symptoms of COVID-19, do not leave your house. Observe the symptoms.
- STOP HOARDING. Always remember that in order for you to be safe from the virus, the people around you must wash and sanitize their hands, too.
Also, here are some legitimate news sources:
- Channel News Asia COVID-19 Map
- World Health Organization Live Updates
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Situation Summary
Keep safe, everyone!