Covid-19: An Outbreak We Wouldn’t Miss


This outbreak has greatly impacted the world and every individual. First identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019, Covid-19 is a highly infectious respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus that can be easily spread through the droplets from coughing, sneezing or direct contact to contaminated surfaces.

Rewind. We get up early in the morning, get dressed, eat breakfast, face crowded places, and transportation to come on time for work. We are making our weekdays productive by meeting friends in the afternoon and attending events at night. This is the routine that we are accustomed to for almost halves of our lives.

Then one day, with just one announcement, everything changes.

Dealing With the Pandemic While In Quarantine

When the government first announces that certain areas will be put to a lock-down state, I never took that seriously. I never made myself aware of how sensitive our current situation is. I even go to work for a few days after the declaration. And when major transportations stop operating, that is when everything started to sink in.

Thinking that the crisis will soon fade out and everything will be back to normal in just a few weeks, I have relied on much from my savings and my full-time work knowing with confidence that this will be enough to sustain my own and my family’s needs.

I am obliged to work from home as well as the other employees in my company. But this set up didn’t last long, gradually we were asked to lessen our working hours and to consume our remaining leave credits. And as the crisis is not getting any better for more than a month, my employer started to lay-off thousands of its dedicated workers using the last in first out method and staying with them for more than 9 years save my day.

Getting Through the Situation

The situation causes uncertainty to everyone which made us worried about what will happen in the future. How long will we be in this condition? Will I still be employed after this? If not, how will I support my family? Those are just a few of the questions that bother me.

Two options that we have for now are to either take this circumstance in a positive or in a negative note so I chose to be optimistic and productive over what is happening. I keep myself busy by doing tasks from my work, checking the opportunity for a part-time online job from time to time, and taking the chance to enjoy my hobby in writing.

One of the good effects brought by this pandemic which most of us can relate to is being able to communicate with our family and friends which we rarely do due to our busy schedules. Reconnecting through conversation with my love-ones and spiritually with our Creator lifts my anxious mind.

There is no known cure for this virus yet and the only defense we can have is our immune system. I have included exercising as part of my daily routine, knowing that I’m not only doing this for myself but also for the people around me. Lazy days are over.

Life Learning

A lot has changed all of a sudden when we are not prepared for it and we are all still in the process of accepting it.

Life is so valuable that we should appreciate every second of it, as well as our delicate bodies that we should take care of every part of it. One will be useless without the other so we should be cautious of ourselves more. Money can’t buy life nor can recharge the level of our health.

Being quarantined made me realized that I should not depend solely on my full-time job as a source of funds. That I should have a fallback if worst things happen. That I should start taking actions now while I have time.

Moving Forward

It’s hard to face an opponent that one cannot see, so instead, we should focus on strengthening ourselves and be brave enough to overcome what is waiting ahead of us.

There are many opportunities around us, big or small, that counts. If you can’t find one then why not create one. A lot of deported OFWs here in the Philippines are becoming more active in doing small business. They are great examples of highly-paid individuals abroad but loses it amidst the crisis. If they can cope up so why can’t we?

Now is not the time to give up.

This story is an entry to ComCo Southeast Asia’s “Write to Ignite Blogging Project”. The initiative is a response to the need of our times, as every story comes a long way during this period of crisis. Igniting and championing the human spirit, “Write to Ignite Blog Project” aims to pull and collate powerful stories from the Philippine blogging communities to inspire the nation to rise and move forward amidst the difficult situation. This project is made possible by ComCo Southeast Asia, co-presented by Eastern Communications and sponsored by Electrolux, Jobstreet and Teleperformance.

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