A lot of people are very eager to go out now and return to the old ways, just like before, there was this COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March 17, many are stuck at home and shifted to work-from-home to avoid physical contact that could lead to the coronavirus infection.

President Rodrigo Duterte had to extend the Enhanced Community Quarantine couple of times to make sure that we flatten the curve, and hoping that we successfully prevent COVID-19 from spreading into more people.

But even with ECQ, we are still at risk from the viral disease until China (where this disease came from), America, or any of those superpower countries will discover a vaccine that can cure us of COVID-19.

Today is our 57th day in quarantine, and we don’t know yet how long we’ll ever stay like this without enough source of income and physical interactions with our friends or co-workers outside our communities.

Metro Manila, Laguna, and Cebu City will be placed in modified ECQ starting May 16. Some highly urbanized cities and independent component communities will still be in the standard ECQ, while other areas will be under general community quarantine.

Are we going to see the end of quarantine by May 31, or will there be another extension?

Well, as long as some stubborn individuals and violators will not be following protocols like social or physical distancing, we will never be going to see the end of it.

A ‘second wave’ of COVID-19 infection always happens every time a nation reopens, thinking that ending their lockdowns is the right thing to do. People rush into stores, a large number of vehicles are back on the roads and highways, some end up partying in crowded clubs and bars. The result? New COVID-19 cases emerged.

That’s the last thing we want to happen to us. Let’s not throw away 57 days of following protocols and make a big mistake once ECQ ends.

Whether ECQ ends or not by May 31, there will be a new standard way of living and like it or not; we’ll have to deal with it until there is a vaccine that can stop COVID-19.

As long as there is no assurance that our government can win the war against this pandemic, our home staycation will extend as long as it’s needed.

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