Welcome to this roller coaster of an experience called the pandemic – its main culprit, COVID-19 and the protagonists, well, the story has yet to unravel.

The story started in January 2020 when it arrived in Australian shores. People got crazy, panicked, ransacked toilet paper and tried to get away from everyone else .. and somehow we thought we won. .. or at least got to know the culprit better. But here come’s June when we realized that there’s more than meets the eye. It first came on a plane but now, it’s managed to creep its way into parties, gatherings and pubs. And now, here’s the updated numbers – 13,787 cases, 8,653 recovered, and 133 deaths.

So, they’re calling it the second wave and the culprit has been able to make things more interesting… so brace yourselves because we’ve got to face this pandemic with a new attitude and responsibility because it’s making things more challenging. Hopefully this new info helps you hold on to those rails tightly…

  1. So if you think that COVID-19 only affects the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions, then you’re very wrong. In recent cases, it has affected people from different ages (20’s, 30’s and 40’s) even younger than what we thought was possible.

 

  1. We all know that we can get infected by being in contact with droplets coming from infected individual – thus the 1.5 meter social distancing rule. But from further research (some dating back early March) aside from saliva droplets from speaking, sneezing and coughing, microdroplets are particles that are light enough to get carried by the air to around 9.5 meters.

  1. Not everyone who has COVID-19 exhibit symptoms of the disease. These “stealth carriers” take the challenge to another level of scary – the reason for which is not yet pinned down to a known science. So, the 14-day quarantine is not a guarantee anymore that infections may be detected during that period. The proper attitude that one has to remember is just about "who will give me the disease but more importantly, how can I prevent myself from spreading the disease." 

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  1. Masks which were initially touted as the best thing that that we can use to save us from the disease has further classifications that should be considered before wearing them.

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In the early onslaught of the pandemic, there were research that explains the possibility of a new strain of the virus that has immediately evolved in the past months which makes it harder to detect and spreads faster. Though this has not been fully supported by the medical field, the current immediate spread may prompt us to think otherwise. And as Pinoy mothers usually admonish us that the moments near healing are the most dangerous  and infectious times, the arrival of the second wave may be the proof of that statement. Sadly, the resting of the lockdown laws may be what people are pointing to as the reason for the rise in cases. But let us all remember that we are all responsible in beating this disease. There has never been any guarantee that the disease is gone, ergo, being careful is still the rule for this play. Get checked, continue isolation by foregoing non-essential group activities, keep exercising and be mindful of your personal hygiene.

See you guys when masks are off and we, once again, can do a hi-five!

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