The fact that you are reading this only means that I survived the 2020 pandemic. But there’s not much to celebrate at all because the pandemic hasn’t been gone, as we know it.
It has been more than a year since the government implemented the first lockdown and placed the entire Metro Manila under a “community quarantine” extending it further to “enhanced community quarantine” (ECQ), the strictest of these measures and is effectively a total lockdown in Luzon in March 2020. The pandemic resulted into a collapse of the economy and businesses folding up as more cases have been documented and reported. For its effort, the government and its agencies are trying their best to minimize, if not eradicate, the transmission of the infectious disease through health and safety protocols. Swab testing became relevant and the production of vaccines slowly gave hope to recovery around the globe.
We’re just fortunate that we have remained virus-free and strong amid these trying times. It’s sad that many of our colleagues and we knew some friends who have relatives who have passed on the COVID-19. We survived the number of times that we have to type in the word ‘condolences’ in our Facebook comments when the social media platform became more of a daily obituary page.
Being here means one thing. We must continue to spread awareness of this pandemic and must not be complacent just because some countries have already eased their health standards when it comes to COVID-19. We can’t just rely on the government. We must do our part to continue surviving in these difficult times.
If you see me wearing a face mask or face shield (even it’s not needed anymore) whenever I’m outside, just think of it that I am concern of the welfare of the others. Wearing them is not just for social filter. It spells RESPECT. We’re still in the dark so we must continue to light that torch for the others who are struggling and really need that care and assistance.
I wrote this piece not just for myself but for the others who will be able to read this. May they also reflect and may we all look forward the rest of 2021 and the coming years with full of inspirations to rebuild what’s lost and what’s needed to fight these challenges brought by the crisis.
This story is an entry to ComCo Southeast Asia’s “Write to Ignite Blogging Project Season 2: Dear Survivor”. The initiative continues to respond to the need of our times, as every story comes a long way during this period of crisis. The initiative 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. The “Write to Ignite Blogging Project” Season 2 is made possible by ComCo Southeast Asia, with Eastern Communications and Jobstreet as co-presenters, with AirAsia and Xiaomi as major sponsors, and with Teleperformance as sponsor.