It’s been more than a month since we were placed on community quarantine and it’s been extended twice. We are now in what they call “Season 3” of the ECQ or Enhanced Community Quarantine in our country. The government preferred to call it as quarantine instead of lockdown. Each country have different names for it. Singapore have their Circuit Breaker and Malaysia have the MCO or Movement Control Order. But basically it’s all the same. Limiting the movements of people to contain the coronavirus. It’s a drastic measure but a necessary one to avoid a surge in people getting sick that can overwhelm the health system of the country. We all saw what happened to Italy.
I wonder how people cope with their quarantine life. I am lucky because I am still able to work from home. I still have a job and a salary as the company I worked for is considered an essential industry. But I know a lot of people aren’t as lucky. There are so many companies that were impacted and one of them is the travel industry. I read of airlines suffering due to low demand and it took a toll on these companies. Some employees were requested to go on unpaid leave. Some were let go. It’s very sad but that’s just how it is. Traveling is not essential. We can always reschedule or cancel travel plans. After all, the places we want to visit will not go away. It will wait for us even if we decide to do it years after this pandemic is over.
I have travel plans in July and December that are not yet changed, rebooked or cancelled. I am still waiting for a miracle. That this pandemic will be over soon. That we can all start living normal lives. That a cure will be discovered tomorrow. That a vaccine will not take a year or more to develop but instead will be available soon. These are wishful thinking. For now, we have to deal with our “new normal”. Refraining from going to crowded places where we cannot practice physical distancing. Wearing of face mask as part of the OOTD. Hand washing and sanitizing every chance that we get. At the moment, being paranoid and overly cautious is okay. As they say, it is better to be safe and healthy than sorry.
The one thing that this pandemic brought to us though is the chance to let mother earth heal. Because we stopped moving around, we saw reports of reduced pollution in cosmopolitan cities around the world. Clear blue skies, clean rivers and sea. Most of all, families get to spend time together. For some a rare occurrence. We have a lot of time so we communicate more with each other. Out of boredom for some but for others it’s a chance to reconnect with friends and families you don’t get to talk to due to a busy life.
Wherever you are. No matter the condition you are in. Remember that this too shall pass.
the traveling KANGaroo