Dear COVID 19 Generation,
I have always wanted to write again but never had the time prior to this global pandemic wrecking havoc to our normal daily lives. But now that the enhanced home quarantine is in effect, I am urged to write not just to kill time but to express my thoughts and concern. Anxiety is starting to creep in slowly so please bear with me…
If the quarantine period goes beyond April because of the rising COVID 19 casualties, civil unrest could or may happen. What will we do if the worst-case happens? What if our populace will go hungry and could no longer afford to buy food and necessities. Small businesses may end up closing permanently because the economy is in shambles. The national government is probably not prepared to carry a hundred million “HANGRY” Pinoys. Chaos may ensue which will furthermore jeopardize the government’s effort to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. Most of all, the front-liners, the old, the young and the sick will be greatly affected.
I honestly hate the what-if scenario but what we can do now to avoid such a grim and scary event from happening is to STAY CLEAN AND STAY AT HOME as much as possible. Also, if ever the worse seems near, we can help avoid the chaos by resurrecting the Bayanihan mentality. We really have to help one another regardless of status, race, gender, tribe, province, religion, etc. Our enemy knows no distinction so let our compassion be even greater in scope than our enemy’s appetite for annihilation. We may still be enjoying our time with our families which is a priceless blessing but we have to be mentally prepared for the future days. I don’t mean to interject that we have to be paranoid to the point of paralysis. We must enjoy and live life but always armed with knowledge and wisdom about the coming days.
Hope for the best, anticipate for the worse, pray in faith but do small good deeds like observing quarantine laws, social distancing and staying at home always if possible. To those of us who have a pass, let us use the privilege of utmost importance which is to buy food and necessities for our household, our families, our dear loved ones. Yes, enjoy Tiktok, Youtube and Netlfix, learn something you’ve always wanted to do, enjoy the beautiful laughter of your parents, siblings, wife, husband, your children. Enjoy the fellowship in cooking, eating and gaming, enjoy the smell of coffee and the sound of music but deep inside we must be prepared for the dark times ahead so we can survive and see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I pray in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ that we shall endure, our government will exercise prudence and wisdom from the national to the barangay level and Godspeed to our scientists and front-liners in finding a vaccine and cure. Be concerned out of love and care, not out of hate and greed. Let’s do so for our families, for our community, for our city, our country, most of all… for humanity.
God bless our brave doctors and extraordinary nurses who are battle-tested front-liners as they fight to save and preserve lives. To our hospital workers, janitors and delivery drivers, the unsung heroes of this war see to it that sanitation and supplies in transit are taken care of. To our enduring police and armed forces sacrifice their time with their family to ensure peace and order in our society. To our tireless government who truly manage and facilitate the needs of the people. To our fellow citizens who selflessly volunteered to provide transportation and donations. Last but certainly not the least, to our vibrant online Facebook community who always find creative ways to entertain us. In these trying times, anyone can be a hero.
Again, dear COVID 19 Generation.
You are both a hero and a survivor. Stay healthy, let faith, hope, and love prevail. Laban lang ta mga beshang
God bless us all.