Filipino lifestyles have been completely changed, and the entire country is affected when the coronavirus appeared last year. The country is still experiencing this nightmare due to this invisible threat even up to this day. It’s almost two years now when the Philippines started to have a lockdown since the Covid-19 outbreak, and it’s very alarming since many Covid-19 variants arise time-to-time. The Philippine National Government announced that they will return the National Capital Region (NCR) to the most restrictive community quarantine. Due to this very alarming variant, the other areas undergo MECQ (Modified Enhance Community Quarantine), and limited regions are on GCQ (General Community Quarantine) with heightened restrictions.
The country returns to lockdown mode to prepare for a possible surge of Covid-19 cases to prevent the number of casualties of this Delta variant. This Delta variant is a little different than the original Covid-19, according to the scientists. Delta variant is a type of variant that is more transmissible, so that’s the basis why the government decided to return to ECQ (Enhance Community Quarantine). Based on the study, if you fully vaccinated individuals, they are not experiencing severe disease and are not hospitalized. And for those individuals that are not fully vaccinated at all, that is a serious concern. Many netizens disagree with the plan by the government to have another lockdown; several of them agreed to stop the number of cases. But, since this new variant already entered the country, the scientist says that there is a recent local transmission of the new variant virus, which is very alarming.
What to expect during a lockdown?
The effect of this lockdown is very traumatic in people’s lives: the fear of being infected by this virus, unstable income during this time of crisis, etc. This is a big challenge for everyone, and that is to survive. One of the most affected by this pandemic are those small businesses that choose to stop operations to avoid more losses, and some of them are experiencing bankruptcy. Also, some of the momentous events were postponed or canceled, and travel banned restrictions must strictly follow.
Lockdown can lead to unemployment, and the effect of this is thousands or millions of. Those unemployed in this time of the pandemic, many are unable to feed themselves and their families. Aside from the disruptive effect of Covid-19 on businesses, some industries like retail, hospitality, travel, education, and transportation are also hit by this crisis. It is made a negative impact on the economy of the world. People are trapped in many places and they want to reach their homes. Children are trapped inside their houses and there is no outing or outdoor activities for them. Isolation during the lockdown in some cases leads to mental stress and mental depression. Students are facing irregularities in their studies due to people have lost their jobs. Those unemployed in this time of the pandemic are unable to feed themselves and their families. Aside from the disruptive effect of Covid-19 on businesses, industries like retail, hospitality, travel, education, and transportation are also hit by this crisis. It is made a negative impact on the economy of the world. People are trapped in many places, and they want to reach their homes. Children are trapped inside their houses, and there are no outings or outdoor activities for them. Isolation during the lockdown in some cases leads to mental stress and mental depression. Students are facing irregularities in their studies due to the suspension of physical classes.
Because of this restrictive lockdown, the pollution level will be reduced, many rivers have become cleaner, the air has become fresher, and many more improvements on our economic system. Another thing, we all have got some time to rest and be free from our busy lifestyle before the pandemic. Even though the pandemic has a negative economic effect, this lockdown can help because we have more time to ourselves by spending more quality time with our family. We could also fulfill our hobbies during this time, we have a lot of time to connect with the environment during the lockdown period.
Even if we are under a pandemic, we need to be still physically, mentally, spiritually, and financially prepared. Physical activities such as playing with children, doing home workout activities, and doing household chores such as cleaning and taking care of the garden are other ways to stay active at home. For your mental health , make sure to create a new daily routine that prioritizes looking after yourself to become productive even if you are still at home. Doing meditation is a big help, and a simple deep breath can help you to remain calm and focus. You can also try reading inspirational books nor a Bible more or watching movies, listening to music such as worship songs, or finding new knowledge on the internet to keep yourself even busier. Even if you are still at home, try to connect with your friends or relatives on social media.
When it comes to financial terms, you should learn how to be more responsible in spending money. Be careful about buying online and overspending on the things that are not necessarily important during this time. We should be innovative in managing our expenses and be mindful of what is essential and not necessary during this crisis.
In this time of the pandemic, we need to protect ourselves from this virus and control the spread of the virus. Despite these disadvantages of having a lockdown, we need to protect ourselves from fighting this virus. When it is not advisable to leave your home or be convenient for you, try to find a productive day. There are several ways for you to become active, even if you’re in a lockdown situation. You should need to listen to the authority for your good and follow the health protocols to prevent the spread of this virus. The one way to slow the reach of this virus is following these health protocols mandated by the government, which is very effective and efficient during this time of crisis.
A lot of lives were lost, and a lot of people suffer. This Delta variant is very alarming and concerning; however, it is advisable to stay at home and be vaccinated. We have to think about our safety, people close to us, our family, friends, and the community. It is vital to have a safe place like home that can reduce the risks of getting infected. Keep yourself safe and protected!