Abalayan: Covid-19 is so real


THE closer the people who have been infected with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) to me, the more it becomes so real.

From those at church, then just recently with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) that had to be on lockdown as 63 of its personnel have been confirmed positive for the coronavirus, some of whom are also dear to me.

The rising Covid-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) should always keep us on our toes despite the downtrend of cases in Davao City.

Over and over again, Mayor Sara and our health officials have been reminding us to take extra precautions and comply with the basic public minimum health standards (PMHS).

Sometimes, the constant reminders may become too much for our ears, but that's what we need since we are often forgetful. It should be embedded in our minds for it to become a habit so that complying with the PMHS will be just so easy as 123.

Hand washing was never really my cup of tea but I found myself doing just that most of the time at home and I always have a handy alcohol spray whenever I leave the house.

I hate wearing a face mask and a face shield whenever I go out since I'm asthmatic, it's difficult for me to breathe. Yet, I just think about how far difficult it would be for those in the vulnerable sector, like me, to contract Covid-19 for then I won't just be fighting to breathe, I might even be fighting for my life.

Wearing a face mask and a face shield may be a little sacrifice for you but it's also your share of fighting this unseen enemy. We are all responsible for our own safety and the safety of those around us, especially our families.

Practice social distancing. This was truly difficult for me at the start since I am very relational by nature but I have been living with it. Video calling and chatting with my friends, churchmates, and family members since March 2020 have kept my love bank full just the same.

We can sigh, we can complain, or grumble at times but we still need to comply and obey the guidelines set by the government. That's the least that we can do and the best we can contribute to help our medical frontliners who risk their lives to treat Covid-19 patients and to also support our government who is doing everything it can to end the war against Covid-19.

And we can pray. We can never control the virus. But we can take hold of our faith in God who is all-knowing and all-powerful. Please let's continue to pray for the fast recovery of those infected, the safety of all our frontliners, and the protection of everyone from coronavirus.

And just like anything else, I am faithful that Covid-19, this, too, shall pass.


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