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VERBAL VARIETY - Annie Fe Perez (The Freeman) - July 11, 2020 - 12:00am

As I keep on scrolling through my Facebook feed, I couldn't help but notice too many candles. “Rest in peace,” the caption read. The comments would be filled with questions, “COVID?” and the owner of the post would just react with a sad face. The virus has come close to home as several of my friends have already contracted the virus. One is a nurse working at a private hospital. She is under home isolation but when the landlord found out she was positive, she was thrown out, forcing the hospital to look for another place for her to stay.

My other friend who was also granted home isolation by the government has been refused water and food deliveries many times because their house was cordoned. They think that the mere dropping off of food for them would make them contract the virus too. They are just misinformed, like many others about this virus.

The sad part about being misinformed is that we are prone to doing the wrong things instead. We are bound to judge because we are deceived by wrong information. This is why the media plays a very important role in this time of a pandemic. However, I think the media has not ceased to run public service announcements on how to avoid getting COVID-19. The barangays have also done their part but I wonder what makes people refuse to follow orders.

We saw in the past week how many barangay officials were asked to explain why certain quarantine protocols couldn't be followed by some of their constituents. I think they should be totally blamed for it. The barangay tanods might have been overwhelmed by the many tasks that they have to do. Apart from making sure all protocols are implemented, there was the giving of the financial assistance and other aid so that we may survive this pandemic. The government has been exhausted as well; we cannot totally rely on them this time. We must also do our part, I cannot stress this enough.

As cliché as it may sound, we need to observe social distancing, stay at home and wear a face mask. With the looming status of our places in the next week, we are filled with more anxiety as a lot of our friends and family get closer to the virus. Prayers may be a very powerful tool at this time but we also need the cooperation of others. This is the time to show everyone that we can do it and say the infamous tagline "heal as one".

There are still a lot of issues hounding the different local government units in this pandemic. As much as we would want to crack them down one by one and point fingers, I guess it is best to hold them off for now and look for ways to address different problems. Many people are suffering, extend a hand if you can.

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