Covid-19 pandemic caused immense changes on how we live and work on a daily basis. Tagged as the “New normal”, everybody is cautiously adjusting to the newly implemented protocols created by the government to ensure our safety and security. No one is exempted even Metro Manila’s top cop, Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas and 18 other police officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who is now facing criminal charges and are on hot water for violation on the ban on mass gatherings and social distancing rules as reported by CNN Philippines, Rappler and other news portals around the country. This is amid the strong effort of the government to strictly follow the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Specified in Resolution No. 30-A, s. 2020 under Section 2 par. 7 which states Mass gatherings such as but not limited to movie screenings, concerts, sporting events, and other entertainment activities, community assemblies, religious gatherings and non-essential work gatherings shall be prohibited.
As law-abiding citizens of the country, we must obey the rules set by our government. Through this, we can help vanquish this pandemic for us to live normally again. Here are some of my personal ideas on how to contribute on the government’s campaign to what the experts say “flatten the curve” of Covid-19 cases:
STAY AT HOME
Considered to be the easiest way to stop the spread of the virus. Go out only if there is an immediate need like emergencies, buying of necessities and going to work. This is the best time to spend all your available time to your family to share your feelings as well as mend broken relationships, might as well learn new skills like playing the ukulele or learn to cook pinakbet.
OBSERVE PROPER HYGIENE
Always disinfect by washing your hands with anti-bacterial soap or using alcohol especially when you’re in public places or at work. Always take a bath every day and if possible, take another once you arrive home after work. This is to make sure that you don’t carry the virus in your home and transmit it to one of your family members.
AVOID CROWDED PLACES
If you are outside especially when buying necessities, always keep your distance especially in malls, markets, shops and grocery stores. If possible, buy on weekdays at noontime because there are less shoppers by this time compared to weekends. If necessary to go out, wear a facemask at all times most especially if you have a cough or flu-like symptoms.
Last but not the least, pray always because prayer is the best solution to any problems we encounter. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
Always remember, S.O.A.P. is what you need to help defeat Covid-19 pandemic.
KAROLE LENIN T. TIROL
Administrative Assistant II