Stay home and save lives
EVERY POUND COUNTS - Allan 'Coach A' Choachuy (The Freeman) - April 4, 2020 - 12:00am

Streets are empty, rubbing alcohol and disinfectants are empty at the grocery shelves. Netflix and ‘tiktok’ are favorite past time. Live concert for both local and internationalstars are shown for free. Talk show hosts doing interview at home. Malls, movie houses, barber shops, churches, cockpits, dine in restaurants, basketball courts or all non- essentials facilities are closed. The only left open are the hospitals, funeral parlors, groceries, pharmacies, banks, utility related offices, and government offices. Only one per household is allowed to go out and get some supplies like food and water. Others can’t stop complaining as to what are government has done to this crisis.

Covid 19 or the coronavirus put the whole world on pause button. It started in January just after Chinese New Year when the breakout started in Wuhan, China. Imagine a simple cough and sneeze, droplets or micro droplets become a weapon of mass destruction. Testing kits are scarce and up to now there is no vaccine or cure for this virus. At risk are the young ones, and senior citizens or people with pre condition like respiratory problem or other related sickness. The lack of systematic testing in most countries is the main source of discrepancies in death rate and fatality. As result, the figures are somewhat deceiving. For me, it is necessary to test not just symptomatic cases but asymptomatic people too. Remember that asymptomatic people are not immune to being infected and can still transmit the virus by simply coughing and sneezing in enclosed public areas. They could be the number one courier and risk others to get infected.  The numbers and statistics are confusing so it’s better to stay home, save lives and flatten the curve. But the number has to peak first but it starts to flatten.

When will this crisis end? As of now, there are speculations to extend the ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine). But with the rate the infection is going, we can’t risk of taking it easy. For me, mid-May or June could be a good time but again it will still depend on the number of cases. Given the situation, there should be a steady basic essential supplies of food, water and shelter. 

Our frontliners, the doctors, nurses, anmd health workers are exhausted working tirelessly and at the same time risk their own health. Supermarkets, groceries, pharmacy personnel have to continue to work and suppliers/manufacturers to these essential markets have to stay open to continue the supply chain. Soldiers, police, traffic enforcers work 24/7 manning the streets, making sure we stay home. Not to mention the garbage collectors, and people taking care of maintaining the power and telecommunications.  They are our modern day heroes without the cape.

On our part, it is very simple. We only have to stay home and help save lives. How hard can it be? There are tons of things we can do at home to make us busy aside from getting basic needs for the family. We need to stay fit and healthy. For a start, doing household chores is a good exercise including sweeping the floor, washing your car, and doing laundry. Also, there are tons of online exercises you can do at home such as live zumba, yoga etc. What is important now is to spend time with your family and loved ones. Let’s all pray and do our part to get over this hump.

SIDELINE:Check out my live workout video every Monday at 5pm at Ayala mall FB page and at Coach-A Metabolic Fitness page every Tuesday and Thursday at 4pm.

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