It’s hard not to panic.
When confronted with something we’ve only ever witnessed in movies and tv shows, in real life, it feels even more fictional. Pandemics are nothing new though, we’ve had about 5 in the 2000s alone, but this one seems more ominous. Possibly because of how easy it is to catch, in an increasing globally mobile world, or simply because no one was prepared for it. Countries and cities all over the world, including those you would think would be able to handle this (France, Germany, Spain, Italy, San Francisco,New York etc.) are going into lockdown, running out of hospital beds and have a shortage in medical supplies. Maybe that can give you a smidge of comfort, knowing that the Philippines is not alone. More importantly, it shows us that citizens need to be part of the solution. We don’t know what that is just yet, but in a situation as dynamic as this one, when every day brings something new, all we can do is try our best to help in anyway, where we can. The resiliency of the Filipino people has always been our strength. Let’s not forget that. This is only the beginning, the economic impact of this virus, is going to start showing it’s feral teeth over the next few weeks and its going to be an infectious cycle. SME Businesses not earning, unable to pay their employees or suppliers, lower buying power, loans defaulting, etc. Hopefully after focusing on flattening the curve, a solution can be presented to relieve this imminent financial situation. For now, come together (not physically), in assisting frontliners, health workers, enforcers, food/delivery supply personnel or anyone who has to go to work to make sure basic necessities and transactions, can keep functioning.
All this to say, let’s all focus on the good we can do within our communities, while we ride out this storm.