Hello everyone! I know I just came back in this platform yesterday and here I am now, writing about a very serious matter. Earlier this day, I saw Katie Tracy’s instagram post about how she’s feeling in this whole COVID-19 situation. She said that she was feeling guilty about her privilege — being able to stay at home, have food and others.
I was literally thinking the same thing.
Ever since this virus started, it really was chaos. By the end of January 2020, the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in the Philippines. Everyone, of course, was startled – and scared. As of today, March 22, more than 300 people are already confirmed to have the case as seen in the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation and as reported by the mass media.
It made me think.
Like Katie Tracy, I am able to stay home, have food to last this quarantine season and I am entertained because we have our internet connection. And because of this, I am also really guilty… and sad.
I know for a fact that I am helping to prevent the virus by staying home and in any way, I’ll do my best to protect myself because in this way, I can protect others too. But it strikes me in the heart to see pictures of my fellow countrymen being forced to go to work, being arrested for dwelling in the street and so many more heartbreaking news. This is the reality. Minimum wage earners still need to go to work because if they don’t, their families would probably starve. Many adults, kids and babies are probably starving right now. The frontliners don’t receive much attention from the government and they don’t really provide what they need. Some doesn’t even have a home and dwells on the street. This… is reality… and these people deserve better. They deserve attention, they deserve proper housing, they deserve to have food and most importantly, they deserve to have proper health care… only if our government prioritizes them. Only if they do their job better and more rationally, promoting and thinking of the common good.
And since it’s us working together, this is a reminder for you to stay home and help prevent the spread of this virus because others can’t. As I’ve said earlier, some can’t stay home like the ones who still need to work to earn money to last the month. Also, our frontliners can’t stay at home because they have their job to do. Doctors and nurses can’t stay home and they risk their own safety to help others and they deserve all the attention and all the love ever. Salute to them. Also, salute to some LGUs for doing their job nice and giving out donations from houses to houses.
This, too, will pass. We have to wait, stay home for the sake of the others and wash our hands. Please drink lots of water and have enough rest too! Do your best to be healthy and it is the best way you can help in this tough time.
Also, if you have donations to spare, you can also donate to organizations which will definitely help… no matter how big or how small it is! Katie Tracy made a website about the fundraising that we can support and donate to. https://donatecovid19.org/
And one last thing, speak up. If you’re knowledgeable of what your stands are and can defend it, if you think it is right to speak up at the moment, then I really encourage you to speak up. Speak up to spread awareness. Speak up and give criticisms to the government if they’re not doing their part. Speak up to appreciate the frontliners and the LGUs who do their jobs. Speak up to those who can’t protect themselves. Even though we’re in quarantine, probably facing our laptop or phone screens, there is a way that we can help. Let us use our social media platforms wisely.
And I will end this post right here before I get soooo political with this one.
What are your thoughts about this post? How’s the situation of the COVID-19 in your country?
Once again, stay safe. Be updated of what’s going on. Drink lots of water. Wash your hands! I’ll see you in my next post!